Hospice Medical Director Retires

Catawba Regional Hospice hosted a retirement celebration for Dr. William C. Thompson, III, on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Lake Hickory Country Club. More than 200 attendees turned out to honor his career and his contributions to local health care.

Dr. Will Thompson (center) greets Dave Clarke, CRH President/CEO (left), and Board member Dr. Bill Long

Dr. Will Thompson (center) greets Dave Clarke, CRH President/CEO (left), and Board member Dr. Bill Long

Thompson, who was CRH’s Medical Director from 2007-2016, raised the profile of hospice care during his tenure and promoted its benefits to both the Unifour community and industry professionals in general. He served as attending physician for some 5,000 hospice patients while at CRH.

While Dr. T (as he’s affectionately called) exhibited the quiet demeanor and bedside manner of a country doctor, his earned expertise and practical knowledge were always palpable, as he demonstrated through a firm grasp of disease progression, symptom control, and pain management. He also promoted quality of life and touted the dignity of the patient over the illness. He has served as a tireless advocate of end-of-life care and a much-loved practitioner of the hospice philosophy.

A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Dr. T earned his MD degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, completed his residency in Family Practice at the University of Florida's St. Vincent's Medical Center, and began seeing patients at Hickory Family Practice Associates, where he served until joining Hospice.

Board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, Dr. T also holds a certificate in geriatric medicine and was an active staff member at Frye Regional Medical Center and Catawba Valley Medical Center. His professional memberships include the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians, NC Academy of Family Physicians, and NC Medical Society.

An avid fisherman, Dr. T plans to devote more time to his hobby during retirement, as well as enjoying the company of his wife, Cori, children Tom, Katie, Kelley, and Paul, and six grandchildren.