Brian Boyd, M.D., medical director of the St. Joseph Health Hospital Palliative
Care Team, was recently awarded the Home Care Physician of the Year Award
by the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH). The
award recognizes physicians who excel in providing and utilizing home
care and optimize the role of home care within the health care system.
"Dr. Boyd was recognized for his significant involvement in a wide
range of activities including palliative care councils, the Quarterly
Council and the Ethics Committee," said President of CAHSAH Joe Hafkenschiel.
"He was also recognized for his outstanding communication skills
and his ability to engage the patient and their family."
As the medical director of the Palliative Care Team at St. Joseph Health
– St. Joseph Hospital, Dr. Boyd assists patients and their families
to discuss and clarify goals at the most crucial times in a person's
life. He then works with a multidisciplinary team to support the patient
choice and the best quality of life.
Liz Wessel, director of education and mission services for St. Joseph Health
Home Health Network said that Dr. Boyd is an integral part of the palliative
care program. "Dr. Boyd is an advocate for some of the most vulnerable
home care patients in the community," she said, "his impact
is far-reaching and expansive across care settings."
The Home Care Physician of the Year Award was presented at the CAHSAH 2012
Annual Conference and Home Care Expo by Nominating Committee Chair, Craig
Falk with Craig Cares in Roseville.
About St. Joseph Health
St. Joseph Health is a 14-hospital, non-profit, Catholic health care delivery
system sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. We provide a full
range of care facilities including: acute care hospitals, home health
agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities,
community clinics and physician organizations throughout California, Texas
and New Mexico. Our 24,000 dedicated employees strive daily to provide
perfect care while building the healthiest communities and ensuring every
encounter is sacred. St. Joseph Health is committed to maintaining a continuum
of care that matches the diverse needs of the communities we serve. For
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