Dr. Rebecca Wester, a highly-respected board certified physician in geriatric, hospice and palliative medicine has been named Medical Director for the Palliative Care Program. Dr. Wester has served as an associate professor and practicing physician with Nebraska Medicine’s Nebraska Medical Center since 2007 and is passionate about end of life issues. In her new role she will also serve as associate medical director for Hillcrest Hospice Care, supporting Dr. Rebecca Reilly, medical director.
In addition, palliative care expert Brandy Anderson, APRN, MSN has joined Hillcrest to provide additional medical oversight and meet the day-to-day needs of patients. Brandy’s full-time role as nurse practitioner takes her to homes, care facilities, senior living communities and wherever else Hillcrest’s palliative care patients need her.
“Palliative Care is family and patient-centered care that enhances quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating chronic disease symptoms that cause suffering,” said Dr. Wester.
These dedicated medical professionals, along with the Hillcrest Home Care team of nurses, therapists and social workers, enhance the lives of clients undergoing curative treatment or receiving chronic pain or symptom management who are not yet ready for hospice care.
Oncologists and physicians are taking advantage of this program, which gives them the opportunity to help their patients manage the symptoms of chronic illnesses.
“We are very excited to have these experts on our team and are looking forward to bringing much-needed palliative care services to more patients in the Omaha region,” said Reggie Ripple, Vice President of Home & Community Services.