Health Highlights

Dr. Diane Arsenault Recognized for Her Commitment to Improving Quality of Life

Published on: 07/06/2015

Plymouth, NH – Diane Arsenault, MD, FAAFP, HMDC, Hospice Medical Director at Pemi-Baker Community Health and Family Physician at Mid-State Health Center, was recently granted the Hospice Medical Director Certified credential by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board. Dr. Arsenault was recognized for her commitment to improving the quality of life by displaying professional competency in the hospice industry.

Hospice practice includes patient care, medication management, performance improvement, engagement in interdisciplinary group (IDG) activities, and much more. Professional certification affirms a knowledge and experience base for hospice practitioners to display commitment to their career, dedication to patient and family care, and the sustainability of the hospice organization and industry. HMDC designation is granted for six years and is renewed through continued validation of knowledge and re-examination.

Dr. Arsenault has been a family physician at Mid-State Health Center since 1996 and the Hospice Medical Director at Pemi-Baker Community Health since 1998. She is board certified in Family Medicine with an added qualification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine since 2012. Pemi-Baker Community Health is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the community by providing excellence in health care services through outreach, in-home and facility-based programming. Its Hospice program provides comfort and support for those who are facing a life-limiting illness. Through compassionate care, Pemi-Baker’s Hospice program promotes dignity and affirms quality of life for the patient, family members and their loved ones. The mission of Mid-State Health Center is to provide sound primary health care to the community accessible to all regardless of the ability to pay. Its approach values and encompasses treatment of the whole patient. Dr. Arsenault’s certification as a Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician and a Hospice Medical Director affirms the mission of both organizations to treat the whole patient through the end of life.

The Hospice Medical Director Certification Board (HMDCB) is a not-for-profit certifying body established to design, implement, and evaluate a certification program for hospice medical directors and other physicians who provide hospice care for patients. HMDCB is solely responsible for the development, administration and evaluation of the certification program. The mission of HMDCB is to relieve suffering and improve quality of life by promoting the excellence and professional competency of hospice medical directors.

Information about the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board including a directory of certified hospice physicians is available at www.HMDCB.org.

About Mid-State Health Center

Mid-State Health Center delivers primary care and supportive services at both its Bristol and Plymouth offices, offering medical services, behavioral health counseling and care management for the entire family. The mission of Mid-State Health Center is to provide sound primary health care to the community accessible to all regardless of the ability to pay.

About Pemi-Baker Community Health

Pemi-Baker Community Health is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the community by providing excellence in health care services through outreach, in-home and facility-based programming.