Catawba Regional Hospice Physicians Earn HPM Certification

Catawba Regional Hospice is pleased to announce that Dr. Philip Greene and Dr. J. Steven Corder have earned Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) certification through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

“Physicians who choose to become certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine are formally showing their commitment to providing quality care in assessing and managing the physical, psychological, and spiritual suffering faced by patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families,” shared ABMS President and CEO Stephen H. Miller, MD, MPH.

Hospice services focus largely on end-of-life care, while palliative medicine seeks to relieve and prevent suffering in patients with curable illnesses or chronic diseases.

“The initiative our physicians take by earning HPM certification speaks volumes about their dedication to patient care,” said David B. Clarke, President and CEO of Catawba Regional Hospice. “With Dr. Corder and Dr. Greene, we now have a total of seven physicians who have achieved HPM certification, further elevating the expertise and compassion of our clinical team and our organization as a whole.”

Philip Greene, MD

Philip Greene, MD

Dr. Philip Greene, a 1999 graduate of Northeastern Ohio University’s College of Medicine, is board certified in Internal Medicine. He is presently a full-time hospitalist at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

Dr. Greene joined CRH for the second time in 2011, having served as Director of Palliative Care Services in 2007, prior to a move out of state. Currently, he is a part-time physician assisting with patient services in the Catawba Valley Hospice House.

On earning his certification, Dr. Green stated, “Palliative medicine has grown in prominence during recent years, and I’m excited to bring my training and enthusiasm to help patients and families make the best choices regarding their health care and quality of life.”

Dr. Greene lives in Hickory with his wife, Renee, and children Gabby and Ethan.

Steven Corder, MD

Steven Corder, MD

Dr. J. Steven Corder, following graduation from West Virginia University in 1988, joined Springs Road Family Practice in 1991, which became Crown Health Services following a merger. He is board certified in Family Medicine.

In 2006, Dr. Corder merged his long-term care practice with Extended Care Physicians-Piedmont and in 2009 transitioned to a full-time schedule with the organization. Currently, he offers services to 17 assisted living and nursing home facilities in six counties.

In 2009, Dr. Corder also joined CRH as a part-time physician. “Becoming involved with hospice and palliative medicine is a natural extension of my work with Extended Care Physicians,” Dr. Corder stated. “I’ve gained valuable knowledge and practical experience in end-of-life care and pain control. Passing the boards is the latest step in being able to provide increasingly exceptional medical care to our hospice patients.”

Dr. Corder lives in Caldwell County with his wife, Pamela, and children Amanda and Hannah.