Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is proud to announce that Patrick Waber, MD, has been named Physician of the Year by the Home Care Association of Washington (HCAW). Dr. Waber is the Hospice Medical Director for Memorial and a family practice physician with Apple Valley Family Medicine in Yakima. The staff at Memorial Home Care Services nominated Dr. Waber for this prestigious award.
“Hospice is a team approach and this award recognizes the efforts of the entire team at Memorial,” says Dr. Waber. “It encompasses the physical, spiritual and psychosocial aspect of care which is why I am dedicated to being a part of this in our community. “
“Dr. Waber has been a wonderful asset to Memorial’s hospice program”, says Carolyn Neiswender, Director of Memorial Home Care Services. “Our patients find him incredibly easy to talk with. He supports our staff in our patient care decisions, recognizing each team member as valuable & knowledgeable in our respective roles.”
For Dr. Waber, hospice care is significantly personal. During his fourth year of medical school, his sister was diagnosed with leukemia and subsequently passed away from complications of treatment. Hospice wasn’t an option for her.
“When I look back on that, having appropriate conversations and allowing our family to have guidance and choice would have been extremely helpful during that difficult time. Hospice would have been very beneficial for us,” says Dr. Waber.
Dr. Waber believes hospice is not the end. “It is hope. Hope for care, hope for comfort and hope for good quality of life when we have a life limiting illness. There is so much more that can be done when ‘There is nothing more we can do’”.
Dr. Waber will be honored at the HCAW’s annual conference in Renton on April 26th.