SCARBOROUGH — Hospice of Southern Maine is pleased to welcome JoAnna Slobodnjak as a Palliative Medicine Fellow.
During her time at Hospice of Southern Maine, Slobodnjak will be both observing and actively participating in patient care. She is expected to partake in at least 25 home visits in addition to working one-on-one with chaplains, social workers, and the interdisciplinary teams that manage at home care as well as the Gosnell House.
Maine Medical Center’s Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship is a one-year training program enrolling just two fellows per year. The fellowship provides training and experience that ultimately prepares the graduate to become a competent palliative medicine physician, fulfilling skills required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Hospice of Southern Maine serves as one of three principal training sites for the fellowship program.
“We are excited to have JoAnna join us to complete her fellowship program at Hospice of Southern Maine,” said Daryl Cady, CEO of Hospice of Southern Maine. “Fellows who come to us through this program learn about what we do; this training expands their knowledge while allowing them to demonstrate with patients the compassion and care that comes with working as a palliative medicine physician.”
Slobodnjak is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed her residency at Wright State/Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. She received her M.D. from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, NE and her B.S. from Ohio Wesleyan University.
About Hospice of Southern Maine
Hospice of Southern Maine’s mission is to provide compassion, care, and comfort through end of life. Formed through a collaborative effort among York and Cumberland County leaders and health care providers, Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) organized in 2001 and began providing direct patient services in 2004. Today, HSM cares for more than 1,600 patients annually, at the patient’s home, current care facility, and Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, an 18-bed inpatient facility in Scarborough. HSM admits patients with a variety of diagnoses, including Alzheimer’s; heart, lung, and kidney diseases; stroke; Lou Gehrig’s disease; and cancer. Care is patient-centered with family support and provided by a comprehensive interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, aides, chaplains, grief counselors, and volunteers. Hospice of Southern Maine is a non-profit 501(c)3, Medicare certified state licensed agency, and the largest provider of hospice services in Southern Maine. To learn more, visit www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.