St. Joseph’s Doctor earns board certification

St. Joseph’s Hospital congratulates Dr. Clyde Mitchell on receiving his board certification in hospice and palliative medicine.

“This is a great achievement for Dr. Mitchell and a testament to the level of care that he provides to our patients. In the entire state, there are only 11 family practice physicians who have obtained the hospice and palliative care board certification,” said Sue Johnson-Phillippe, president and CEO.

Mitchell is the medical director of St. Joseph’s Hospice program and a member of the hospital palliative care team. The team provides palliative care to patients and their families.

Palliative care focuses on goal clarification and symptom management for those with chronic illness, who are not approaching end-of-life issues. It assists them in dealing with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.

Hospice also provides end-of-life care, focusing on the person – not the disease. The program is designed to help patients live their lives to the fullest and assist their families in dealing with end-of-life issues.

Mitchell leads an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, medical social workers, chaplains, therapists, aides and volunteers. They provide care in the home as well as in the hospital, offering routine and continuous care, pain management and respite care for the family. His board certification ensures that the patients in St. Joseph’s Hospice are receiving the highest quality hospice care.

For more information about palliative care or hospice care, anyone interested can call Jamie Rose, director of St. Joseph’s Home Health and Hospice, at 304-473-6800.