After working in a variety of other industries and after his mother was a hospice patient herself, Dr. Gregory Phelps found his way to the hospice and palliative care field, where he has been practicing for over 40 years. Dr. Phelps aims to always do what is right for the patient and prides himself on being a kind professional and a great listener. “We are in a unique position and are present when patients and families are facing life-threatening medical news and suffering,” says Dr. Phelps. “Our goal is to step in and help bring healing to patients and their families and make sure they have the best care in a time that is particularly precious.”
“My philosophy is to be kind, to not judge others, and to always do what is best for the patient.”
1. What do you love most about your profession?
I love the multiple facets of medical, social, and spiritual care and the opportunity to focus on the whole person, their family, and their environment. It is intensely spiritual work and involves an entire team.
2. What does your daily routine look like?
Some days include direct care and talking with patients, while some are full of writing or teaching. Other days I can be found doing administrative tasks or at community or public relations engagements helping educate others about care near the end of life. Some days include all of these things!
3. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
My kindness and willingness to listen and learn. I love hearing patients’ stories, and I became a doctor because I wanted to help people and make a difference in the world.
4. What do you see as the most exciting new development for your profession?
Professionals, along with the general public, are beginning to see that end-of-life care is not a failure of healthcare but part of life.
5. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
It was a time when we were able to reunite a family in dysfunction for one of our patients. It went a long way in elevating their comfort and care during such an important time.
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