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Dennis Kamberov, M.D.

A Message from our Medical Director, Dennis Kamberov, M.D.

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Physicians are dedicated to maintaining the health and vitality of our patients. Yet, when all medical options have been explored, continuing care must focus on optimizing the quality of life and minimizing a patient’s discomfort.  That’s where hospice care comes in.

As Medical Director of Superior Hospice, I have witnessed how a team of professionals can act as an extension of your practice, working with you to provide comprehensive palliative care, as well as spiritual and emotional support for your patient and family members.

Ask yourself: would you be surprised if your patient were alive in six months?  If the answer is yes, then your patient is eligible for hospice care.

Superior Hospice of Northwest Louisiana provides care in your patient’s home, a nursing home, or residential care facility.  As attending physician, you are reimbursed for your services.  And in most cases, patients do not pay any out-of-pocket fees for hospice care.

If you aren’t sure that your patient meets hospice criteria, we’d be happy to meet with you or join you in discussing hospice care with your patient and their family.  Unfortunately, many patients who can benefit from hospice are not referred early enough.  The sooner a patient begins hospice care, the more positive an impact we can make on the quality of life for the entire family.

Leigh Dillard, M.D. Ass’t Med Dir

•83% of Americans want to die at home, cared for by loved ones and supported by in-home health care professionals, according to the findings of a national survey (Hospice and Palliative Care Organization - November 2004).

•88% of respondents said they would consider using hospice if they or someone they knew were terminally ill.

•98% of respondents whose family had previously been served by hospice said it was a positive experience. Respondents said the most important aspects of a good death were:

                                       1. Dying with family members present

                                       2. Dying with dignity

                                       3. Dying pain free

                                       4. Dying with benefit of spiritual counseling

Superior Hospice works to honor the wishes of those individuals with terminal illness who prefer to die in their own homes and on their own terms.

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