Team Talk

OUR TEAMS MISSION & VISION

Our vision is to be the leading community partner for addressing end of life issues.

 

Our philosophy is to allow patients to live to the fullest with the support of a united team approach that provides exceptional innovative care. We work together with our patients, families and community partners to establish an individualized plan of care to meet and exceed the needs of our patients. We understand the importance of good communication and collaboration with those involved with the patient's care.

 

United Hospice & Palliative Care of Arizona is committed to excellence and strives to be the best in the industry

OUR ADMINISTRATION

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Phil Gallinaro

BSN, MSN, RN-FNP

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Dr. Richard Wolfson

Medical Director

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Dr. Amar Kapur

Associate Medical Director

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Joe Gallinaro

Director of Business Development

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Nancy Greschel

QAPI RN

THE UNITED

HOSPICE TEAM

Medical Director

Registered Nurses

Home Health Aides

Social Workers

Spiritual Counselors

Volunteers

Helping Hands

Meet the Interdisciplinary Group

The Interdisciplinary Group (IDG) is the team responsible for the holistic care of the hospice beneficiary. It is this team which is responsible for development and review of the beneficiary’s plan of care. The hospice interdisciplinary team (IDT) serves a very important function in hospice care. It includes physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, counselors, chaplains, therapists and trained volunteers who work together to address a hospice patient's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. 

The holistic approach for the hospice interdisciplinary team enables members of different disciplines to evaluate and provide feedback to the care plan. The team develops a plan of care designed to meet each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control, while supporting his/her loved ones.

At a minimum, the IDG must include the following hospice employees who are qualified to practice in the following professional roles:

  • Doctor of medicine or osteopathy

  • Registered nurse

  • Social worker

  • Pastoral or other counselor

Core Services of the IDG

There are three services that must routinely be provided directly by hospice employees that are directed by the Medical Director and/or the beneficiary’s attending physician and specified in the individualized Plan of Care. These services include:

  • Nursing care

  • Medical social worker (MSW)

  • Counseling (Spiritual Care; other therapy services as indicated by the Plan of Care)

Among its major responsibilities, the interdisciplinary hospice team:

  • Manages the patient’s pain and symptoms;

  • Provides emotional support;

  • Provides needed medications, medical supplies, and equipment;

  • Coaches loved ones on how to care for the patient;

  • Delivers special services like speech and physical therapy when needed;

  • Makes short-term inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or the caregiver needs respite time;