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Palliative Care Medicine - part-time Inpatient



Bellingham, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2023

Job Description


PeaceHealth is seeking a BC/BE Palliative Medicine physician interested in a .2 FTE for inpatient palliative care with our team in Sedro-Woolley, Washington (30 minutes south of Bellingham).

Why you will love the practice

  • Innovative team and program
  • Our Palliative Care and Hospice team offers care, support, guidance, and reflection in medical, emotional, and spiritual areas, with a focus on preventing and alleviating suffering and improving a patient’s quality of life
  • This position is primarily Inpatient Palliative Care with some outpatient work; 100% consults; no primary care; work collaboratively with inter-disciplinary team to prioritize and to address urgent consult requests; Hospitalist team supports admitting needs
  • The in-person support for this position comes from a palliative care chaplain, and the cancer center staff at United General Medical Center in Sedro Woolley. The off-grounds support is from 2 physicians, 1 NP, and an assistant nurse manager.
  • No call, no evenings, no weekends.
  • Epic EMR

Position pays $46,485.72/year.

Reach out to learn more: Kim Dianich, CMSR PHR / kdianich@peacehealth.org or 360-729-1409

Bellingham, WA is the perfect blend of endless outdoor recreation, urban living, strong schools, great shopping & cuisine, and so much more! These amenities are surrounded by incredible scenery, from the sea to the mountains and the rainforest, making this community an amazing place to live.

Acclaimed for its small-city flavor, Bellingham is home to Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Technical College, and has a robust art, music and cultural scene while also boasting 65 miles of inner-urban trails to explore, pristine lakes, forests, saltwater beaches, and snow-covered peaks. Located 90 minutes north of Seattle and 30 minutes south of British Columbia, Canada, this idyllic city has been rated as one of America's most desirable communities by Money, Outside, Kiplinger, Forbes, and National Geographic magazines. Head to Mount Baker for a day in the snow. Tour the San Juan Islands by sea kayak or sailboat. Trek the North Cascades on foot. Stay in town to explore the shops and cafes of historic Fairhaven and Downtown and then catch a show at Mount Baker Theater – you can do it all in Bellingham!

See how PeaceHealth is committed to Inclusivity, Respect for Diversity and Cultural Humility.

EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state or federal laws.

PeaceHealth has been serving the communities of northwest Washington since 1890 with PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, now a 253-bed, two-campus hospital providing a Level II Trauma Center and a full range of inpatient and outpatient services. PeaceHealth's Whatcom Region also includes the comprehensive heart care services of the Cardiovascular Center at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center as well as the primary and specialty care provided by PeaceHealth Medical Group.

Job Summary

Demonstrates compassion, respect and caring while working within the scope of practice of Physician to provide safe and efficient care to patients and assistance to their families and visitors. Works collaboratively with all other healthcare team members toward the best outcomes for the patient and the organization. Provides professional services to the hospital and its patients.

Essential Functions

  • Practice of medicine within the scope of license, training and credentialing.
  • Practice of medicine in accordance with the current standards of care as well as the quality criteria adopted by the clinic.
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate individual patient care appropriate to the age of patients served by demonstrating knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • U.S. Accredited School of Medicine required.
  • Required: Completion of Internship/Residency Program and Fellowship in area of specialty.


  • Required: Computer experience


  • Required : Licensed to practice as a physician in the State or ability to obtain by start date, and board certified or board eligible and
  • Required : Drug Enforcement Admin Federal Number and
  • Required : Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation


  • Demonstrated expertise in clinical management of patients. (Required)
  • Maintains current knowledge and skills with continuing education. (Required)
  • Must meet all training requirements for specific department. (Required)
  • Able to work varied hours; rigorous on-call and call-back schedule. (Required)
  • Must not be a practitioner excluded from participation in the Medicare or Medicaid program. (Required)

Department / Location Specific Notes

Working Conditions


  • Patient handling no greater than 35 lbs. without the use of assistive equipment and/or devices (NIOSH).
  • Fine motor skills to be able to grasp and control medical equipment and perform precise procedures.
  • Perform hands on CPR at least 20 mins using 100-125 lbs. of force (National Assoc. of EMS Physicians and AHA) Frequency should be seldom or occasionally.
  • Ability to move around area with frequent sitting.
  • Bending/ stooping / reaching occasionally.
  • Lifting (non-patient) up to 20 lbs. occasionally and 5 lbs. frequently.

Environmental Conditions

  • Exposure to biohazard, body fluids and airborne particles.
  • Time spent on site in medical/hospital setting.


  • Vision and hearing required within normal limits (glasses, contacts, hearing aids permitted).
  • Ability to communicate and exchange accurate information.