2012-12-19 / Church News

Lutheran Home Care & Hospice Presents 2012 Physician Of The Year


Terry Shade, executive director for Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, presents the agency’s 2012 Physician of the Year award to Dr. Joseph Thornton. Terry Shade, executive director for Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, presents the agency’s 2012 Physician of the Year award to Dr. Joseph Thornton. Dr. Joseph Thornton has been awarded the 2012 Physician of the Year Award by Lutheran Home Care & Hospice and LIFE Lutheran Services, Dr. Thornton was nominated by Lisa Beaver, hospice RN. In nominating Dr. Thornton, Beaver noted that he “uses a holistic approach and looks at each of his clients as a whole person. He treats them with the utmost respect. He is extremely sensitive to the clients that I share with him in the hospice spectrum. He is always very willing to accept advice on med regimes to keep clients comfortable. He has conversations with his patients about end-oflife issues and knows their wishes, spending time with them. He is honest and up front with patients about their disease, and patients have often told me how much they appreciate that. His goals, for our hospice clients, are about increasing their quality of life.”

Dr. Thornton was presented with a plaque and pen at the staff Christmas party at Greencastle Family Medicine where he practices. The plaque bears the following inscription: “In recognition of your devotion to the health, comfort and quality of life of your patients; your commitment to the betterment of our community; your dedication to providing healthcare of the highest quality; and your recognition of the value of homecare services.”

Lutheran Home Care & Hospice Inc. provides home healthcare, hospice services and inhome support services. The agency serves Franklin, Fulton, Adams, York, Cumberland, as well as northeastern PA, the Lehigh Valley and Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties in Maryland. LHCH is a licensed home care agency, fully certified by both Medicare and Medicaid. For further information about home care services, please call 800-840- 9081.

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