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Meet the faculty

Mimi Pattison, MDMimi Pattison, MD

Medical Degree: University of Washington, Seattle
Residency and Fellowship: University of Arizona
Board Certified: Hospice and Palliative Medicine

 Dr. Pattison is a palliative medicine physician with more than two decades of clinical experience in the field. She is the medical director for Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care. In 2008, she was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to the Medical Quality Assurance Commission for Washington State and served as chair between 2010 – 2012. In 2014, Dr. Pattison was selected to participate in a 32-member Alzheimer’s Disease Working Group to develop a plan for the care of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Dr. Pattison’s medical interests include ethical issues at end of life, systems integration of palliative care, and access for persons with dementia to palliative care and hospice.

Juan Iregui, MDJuan C. Iregui, MD

Medical Degree: Universidad del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia
Residency and Chief Residency: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
Board Certified: Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Dr. Iregui is a palliative medicine physician with more than a decade of clinical experience. He is a full-time clinician at St. Joseph Medical Center providing consultation in cancer related pain and non-pain symptom management, ethical dilemmas, and assisting patients and families making complex medical decisions and establishing goals of care. He has a master’s in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin and is a member of the CHI Franciscan Health Ethics Committee.

Tammy Bhang, ARNP 2013 130Tammy Bhang, ARNP

Education: Master of Nursing, University of Washington

Tammy is a nurse practitioner with six years of experience in palliative care. She is nationally certified as an advanced practice hospice and palliative care nurse through the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses. Tammy served as the director during the development of the Franciscan Palliative Care Academy, is a palliative care consultant at St. Joseph Medical Center and serves on the CHI Franciscan Health Ethics Committee. Her interests include communication, cancer pain management and models of system change.

David E. Weissman, MD; Palliative Care Academy Advisor

Dr. Weissman, a national leader in the field of Palliative Care, has advised and consulted the Franciscan Palliative Care Academy team in developing the program and its curriculum. Dr. Weissman is a professor emeritus and founder of the Medical College of Wisconsin Palliative Care Center. In 1991 he began one of the first hospital-based palliative care programs in the U.S. In 2003, the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Palliative Care Program was designated as one of six Palliative Care Leadership Centers in the country by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). Dr. Weissman now serves as a full-time consultant to the CAPC. He authored a series of articles on standards and metrics for palliative care programs; is the designer of the CAPC E-Learning platform and is co-director of CAPC’s Improving Palliative Care in the ICU, Emergency Department and Outpatient projects.

Dr. Weissman currently serves as an advisor and consultant to the Franciscan Palliative Care Academy.

Mark Rake-MaronaMark Rake-Marona; Associate Vice President, Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care

Mark Rake-Marona has held leadership positions in the hospice and palliative care field for more than 25 years. In his work at Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care (FHPC), he has led the award-winning service in its evolution from start-up to one of the premiere end-of-life programs in the Pacific Northwest. Today, FHPC’s continuum of end-of-life care serves more than 5,000 patients each year. In addition to his work with FHPC, Mark has served the industry through participation on various state and national boards.

Note: The Palliative Care Academy is aimed at training physicians and mid-level clinicians. If you are a health care professional such as a nurse, social worker or case manager and you are interested in attending a session, please do not register until you have communicated with Tammy Bhang at the email address below.

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