For Medical Professionals

Your Partner in Providing Hospice Care

Through open communication, our hospice team works with physicians, patients, and their families to provide pain and symptom management and support for those who are no longer seeking curative treatment. In addition, we offer complementary care, such as art and music therapies, to enhance patients’ quality of life. Cascade Health hospice medical director, Dr. Kathleen Cordes, brings extensive primary and palliative care experience, compassion, and leadership to our hospice team.

Patients who benefit from hospice services

Hospice care is appropriate for patients with end-­stage illnesses, such as cancer, pulmonary disease, Alzheimer’s, and other progressive, incurable, non-­malignant conditions. Certification of a six­-month prognosis by the physician is required. Hospice care may be re-certified for 60-­day periods.

Patient care plan

When a referral is made, the patient’s physician and our hospice team develop a care plan based on the desires of the patient and family. This plan can change, as needed. Patients who stabilize may be taken off hospice care, based on a physician’s assessment.

How to make a referral

Call (541) ­228-­3050, or print and complete our Hospice Referral Form, and fax it to (541) -228­-3182.

Please include:

  • Patient’s name, address, and phone number
  • Patient’s date of birth
  • Patient’s social security number
  • Diagnosis
  • Referring contact and phone number
  • Attending physician’s name
  • Primary contact/caregiver name, phone number, and relationship to patient
  • Medicare ID number
  • Insurance carrier, phone number, policy number, and name of policy holder

Discharge orders

Please refer to Cascade Hospice by name on hospital discharge orders.


Training Opportunities

Offered to healthcare providers, Cascade Hospice presentations are free and can last 15 minutes to an hour. More robust programs, such as seminars and workshops, are provided for a donation to Cascade Hospice Foundation; these funds help those with financial hardships receive the end-of-life care they need. We accommodate weekday, evening, and weekend schedules.

Topics include:

  • A road map to hospice care: The how, when, and why of hospice
  • When no pain is gain: The art of pain and symptom management
  • The hospice story, then and now: The hospice movement, common myths, what families ask us to tell you
  • If it’s so important, why is it so hard: Family conversations about the end of life
  • It’s not just about cancer: The wide range of diseases that qualify
  • Help, I’m grieving and can’t get up: Practical help with grief and loss
  • High touch in a high tech world: The value of complementary therapy
  • Learning to live with dying: How death and dying shape life and spirit
  • Caregiving that goes the distance: Giving of yourself without losing yourself
  • When grief comes to work: Professional caregiving and workplace grief