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November 7, 2014

Care Dimensions Welcomes Three New Hospice Physicians


Dr. Mary Valliere, Dr. Larissa Lucas and Dr. Joel Bauman

Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, is pleased to announce the addition of three new hospice physicians to its hospice and palliative care program. This brings the number of full-time hospice and palliative care physicians on-staff to eight with each physician focused on managing the care of hospice patients and providing palliative care consultations for pain management and quality of life issues for patients with advanced illness. “We are excited to welcome these experienced and innovative physicians to our team,” said Stephanie Patel, MD, FAAHPM, and Chief Medical Officer for Care Dimensions.

Larissa Lucas, MD, FACP, of Salem, will have an additional role as Medical Director of Quality and she will be focusing on patient safety, evidence-based practice, and team approaches to care at end of life. Dr. Lucas joined the Care Dimensions medical staff in 2009, serving in a part-time capacity at the Kaplan Family Hospice House. Prior to joining the organization full time in July, she managed a large team of editors building an evidence-based educational resource for physicians. Dr. Lucas is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is an instructor in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is board eligible for Hospice and Palliative Care certification.

Joel Bauman, MD, of Sudbury joined Care Dimensions this past September and was most recently the hospice medical director at Good Shepherd Community Care in Newton. He is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Bauman completed his medical trainings in internal medicine, geriatrics and palliative care at Boston City Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine.

Mary Valliere, MD, of Acton also joined Care Dimensions this past September and was most recently a consultant for the expansion of MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) in Massachusetts. Board certified in hospice and palliative medicine, she is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she is currently an assistant professor of medicine. She is board eligible for Hospice and Palliative Care certification.


Care Dimensions Employees Celebrate Circle of Life Award 
 

In celebration of winning the prestigious national 2015 Circle of Life award honoring innovation in hospice and palliative care, the staff of Care Dimensions took to song "performing" (with vocal assistance from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) the iconic Circle of Life song. Enjoy! 

To view photos from our Circle of Life Award celebration, click here

Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.