Meet the Hospice & Palliative Care Team
The team of experts at Genesis Hospice & Palliative Care work together to meet the needs of patients and families.
Erin Remster, DO
Dr. Remster is the medical director for Palliative Care Services. She completed medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens. Her residency in internal medicine was at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. Dr. Remster returned to Ohio for fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Summa Health System in Akron. She has taught medical students and residents about end-of-life care and has presented research about chronic pain at national conferences. Read more about Dr. Remster.
William Shade, MD
Dr. Shade is the medical director for Hospice Services. He completed medical school, his residency in internal medicine and internship at the Ohio State University Hospital. Dr. Shade has been a member of the Genesis medical staff since 1991. Read more about Dr. Shade.
Social workers help meet the social and emotional needs of patients and families. They assist patients with end-of-life concerns while promoting patients' strengths and goals. Social workers serve as patient advocates, provide counseling, teach coping skills, complete advanced directives, and assist patients and families with accessing community resources.
Our chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support to patients and their families. Whether you are affiliated with a particular faith tradition or not, our chaplains are available to help you explore feelings and questions that may arise as you deal with your illness and end-of-life journey.
Nursing Care Team
The Hospice Nursing Care team is comprised of competent and trained individuals. Over 29 percent of our team holds additional certifications in their profession. We are staffed with registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and patient care technicians providing a variety of services for hospice patients. Visits to provide nursing care are scheduled as determined by the nurse's assessment and the needs of the patient and family. The schedule may be changed as needed to provide the highest quality care. On-call nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergencies.
Our bereavement team helps individuals manage emotions associated with a significant loss -whether their loved one is a hospice patient or not. Services are free and can begin as early as admission to hospice (pre-bereavement) and continue after death. Services can include: support literature, follow up phone calls, individual and family counseling, support groups, memorial programs and a children’s summer camp. Please call for an appointment or additional information.