Springfield Hospice Physicians Earns Industry Board Certification

Springfield Medical Directors Earn Credentials for Excellence in Hospice Care

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Christopher Billings, D.O., and Charles Watt, D.O., medical directors at Compassus – Springfield, have received the Hospice Medical Director Certified (HMDC ™) Credential from the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board.  Hospice medical director certification distinguishes a physician for commitment to clinical and administrative expertise in the care of hospice patients.

In addition to the hospice medical director certification, Dr. Watt is board certified in osteopathic family practice and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in geriatric medicine, decubitus debridement and treatment. The CAQ designation is made jointly by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Geriatric Medicine to recognize excellence in care of the elderly.

Dr. Billings is also board certified in family practice and hospice and palliative care. Dr. Billings’ Hospice and Palliative Medicine certification epitomizes the Compassus initiative to encourage all of its medical directors to become sub-specialty board certified.

“Qualified hospice medical directors are needed now more than ever, and we are fortunate to have two highly accomplished physicians, who show such compassion for our patients and dedication to the highest quality standards,” said Amy Winburn, executive director for Compassus – Springfield.

The Hospice Medical Director Certification Board was established in 2012 to serve as an independent, not-for-profit certifying body to design, implement, and evaluate a certification program for hospice medical directors and other physicians who provide hospice care for patients. The hospice medical director certification conferred by the board is the only certification specifically for hospice physicians primarily employed in this setting.

For more information about Compassus or its services, visit www.compassus.com or call (417) 882-0453.

About Compassus
Compassus is a nationwide network of community-based hospice programs and palliative care services. Based in Nashville, Tenn., the company opened its first hospice in 1979 and today operates more than 90 programs in 25 states across the U.S. The mission of Compassus is to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing terminal illness by supporting them with a common culture focused on three core values: Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence. Compassus employs more than 2,500 colleagues who provide a range of hospice services and other resources to benefit patients and families. Our primary goals are to provide the highest quality hospice care in every community in which we operate and to be the hospice employer of choice. For more information please visit www.compassus.com, follow the company on Facebook or call (877) 377-1607.

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