Local Arbor Hospice Doctor Earns Highest Honor for “significant commitment” in care of patients with serious illness

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ANN ARBOR – Thomas O’Neil, MD, medical director for Arbor Hospice and NorthStar Palliative Care, recently earned the designation Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (FAAHPM). The Academy is the professional organization for physicians who care for patients with a serious illness.

Dr. O’Neil received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and trained in Family Medicine at The University of Michigan. Following residency, he completed at Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Michigan. After remaining at the University of Michigan as faculty, he joined Arbor Hospice full time in December 2018.

Dr. O’Neil and his hospice and palliative care colleagues celebrated the designation virtually at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care ceremony held Feb. 17 through 19, 2021.

The Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine status is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a physician member. Dr. O’Neil has demonstrated a significant commitment to the field of hospice and palliative medicine, and we celebrate him in his achievement.

“Adding Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine after my name enables me to further support Arbor Hospice’s hospice and palliative programs, and enhance patient care through research, advocacy and service,” said Dr. O’Neil, FAAHPM.

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is the only national medical specialty society for hospice and palliative medicine. Since 1988, AAHPM has supported hospice and palliative medicine through professional education and training, development of a specialist workforce, support for clinical practice standards, research, and advocacy. AAHPM’s membership includes more than 5,200 physicians and other healthcare professionals committed to improving the care of patients with serious illness. Learn more at www.aahpm.org or visit the patient website, www.PalliativeDoctors.org. Follow AAHPM on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and YouTube.

About Arbor Hospice
Arbor Hospice, based in Ann Arbor, provides quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout Washtenaw County and surrounding communities. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, Arbor offers certified community-based and inpatient hospice services and palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, as well as grief support services and community education programs. Through other NorthStar Care Community members, Arbor also provides pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Hospice of Michigan. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve more than 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org or call 888-992-2273.

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