NorthStar Care Community announces Thomas O’Neil, MD FAAHPM has been promoted as the new Director of Medical Affairs.
In this role, Dr. O’Neil will manage members of the not-for-profit’s Medical Affairs team, including all physicians and nurse practitioners at Hospice of Michigan, Arbor Hospice and NorthStar Palliative Care. Dr. O’Neil will continue his responsibilities as director of NorthStar Palliative Care and as the hospice physician for the Hospice of Michigan Detroit/Dearborn team; continuing to serve and care for patients in Wayne County. He will report directly to executive vice president and COO Patrick J. Miller, RN, MBA, MHSA, FACHE.
“Ever since joining the NorthStar Care Community, Dr. Thomas O’Neil has proven himself to be a respected leader,” said Miller. “He has, time and time again, demonstrated his significant commitment to the field of hospice and palliative medicine. We are lucky to have him as a member of our team and celebrate him in this new role.”
Prior to this position, Dr. O’Neil served as the medical director Arbor Hospice and Hospice Physician for the Detroit/Dearborn team in southeast Michigan.
Dr. O’Neil earned the designation Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (FAAHPM) in 2021 for his work as a physician who cares for patients with a serious illness. The Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine status is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a physician member.
He received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and trained in Family Medicine at The University of Michigan. Following residency, he completed a Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Michigan. After remaining at the University of Michigan as faculty, he joined Arbor Hospice and NorthStar Palliative Care full time in December 2018.
About NorthStar Care Community
NorthStar Care Community (NSCC) was created to preserve and promote the mission of nonprofit hospice and palliative care – to deliver expert, compassionate care to patients of any age, no matter their diagnoses, complexity of care, place of residence or ability to pay. NorthStar Care Community was formed in 2017 by two legacy nonprofit hospice agencies – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice – and also includes NorthStar Palliative Care, the NorthStar Institute and Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. As members of the NSCC family, the organizations combine operational resources in order to maximize support at each patient’s bedside, delivering the highest standards of care to those who are seriously ill. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve more than 6,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information about NorthStar Care Community, visit www.northstarcarecommunity.org.