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Admissions Criteria

We’ll work with you to provide exceptional end-of-life care for your patients based on the following evaluation and admissions criteria.

  • Prognosis of six months or less
  • Desire for comfort care rather than curative care
  • Residency in our 12-county service area: Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Rappahannock
  • You can continue to be the attending for your patient… or our medical team would be happy to serve as the attending physician.

How can we work together?

We want to help provide care and comfort to your patients. Here are a few reasons you should partner with Hospice of the Piedmont:

Longevity and experience.

We’ve been here since 1980, longer than any other hospice organization in Central Virginia.

24/7 access.

We’re one of the only hospices in the region with a full-time medical director and staff available at all hours.

Low readmission rate.

We’re proud to have one of the lowest readmission rates in the state, meaning we keep your patients from having to return to the hospital. This is evidence of the quality care our well-trained staff provides to patients.

Open communication and accountability.

We aim to work as partners in the care of your patients. That means we value and promote open and ongoing communication around patients and their care plans. We also manage your hospice patients, taking care of everything they need in terms of medications, equipment, and care related to their primary illness.

Flexibility and convenience.

We have in-patient contracts with UVA and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospitals as well as Culpeper Hospital and Fauquier. We also offer two beautiful in-patient facilities of our own: Hospice House and the Center for Acute Hospice Care. We also provide care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Spectrum of care.

Patients in our care have access to a spiritual counselor as part of their interdisciplinary team. Whatever your beliefs, our spiritual counselors will meet you where you are and assist you in accordance with your individual needs.

Payment is not a concern.

We are Medicare and Medicaid certified. Patients are covered for all needs related to their primary illness with no deductible or co-payment. Those who don’t qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and don’t have private insurance coverage, may qualify for hospice care at a reduced rate or no cost. We will never turn anyone away for inability to pay. Learn more about our costs and coverage.

Interdisciplinary Team Care

Our specially trained interdisciplinary team includes the patient’s medical director or doctor, nurse, home health aide, spiritual counselor, social worker, and volunteer. They’ll all work together to care for the whole mind, body, and spirit of our patients and their families. We believe that by addressing not just physical symptoms but also emotional, social, and spiritual pain, a better quality of life is within reach.

Meet The Team

Our knowledgeable and caring medical team includes the following members:
J. Cameron Muir

J. Cameron Muir

MD, HMDC, FAAHPM

Chief Medical Officer
Angela Stiltner

Angela Stiltner

MD, HMDC, FAAHPM

Senior Medical Director
Rebecca Burke

Rebecca Burke

MD

ASSOCIATE MEDICAL DIRECTOR
John Lanham

John Lanham

MD

ASSOCIATE MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Associate Medical Director of Andy Macfarlan

Andy Macfarlan

MD

ASSOCIATE MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Associate Medical Director Simran Mann

Simran Mann

MD

ASSOCIATE Medical Director
Associate Medical Director Tim Short

Tim Short

MD, FAAFP, FAAHPM

ASSOCIATE MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Charles Suter

Charles Suter

MD

ASSOCIATE MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Paul J. Tesoriere

Paul J. Tesoriere

MD, FHM, FACP

ASSOCIATE Medical Director
Deveryn Bailey

Deveryn Bailey

FNP

Nurse Practitioner
Ashleigh Bergstrom

Ashleigh Bergstrom

MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner
Jill Holmes

Jill Holmes

MSN, FNP

Nurse Practitioner
Claire Palmer

Claire Palmer

NP-C

Nurse Practitioner
Fannie Utz

Fannie Utz

FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Simran Mann, MD

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Simran Mann joined Hospice of the Piedmont as Associate Medical Director in August 2020. A board-certified Internal Medicine physician with Hospitalist experience, Dr. Mann came to Hospice of the Piedmont with an interest in a more holistic patient care approach.

Dr. Mann previously served as an internal medicine hospitalist at various hospitals including Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA, Southcoast Hospital Group in New Bedford, MA, and Signature Health Brockton Hospital in Brockton, MA. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and went on to get her doctorate from Ross University School of Medicine, in Dominica, West Indies. She has completed her hospice and palliative medicine fellowship, as well as her ACGME internal medicine residency.

At Hospice of the Piedmont, Dr. Mann will care for patients and families to maximize the quality of life when patients are facing life limiting illness.

Ashleigh Bergstrom

Nurse Practitioner

Ashleigh Bergstrom became a part of the Hospice of the Piedmont team in 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary, and her Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia. She worked as a nurse with the University of Virginia Health System in geriatrics and palliative care before returning to UVA to complete her post-Master’s certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a clinical instructor with the UVA School of Nursing and a board member of Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children with special health needs.

Angela Stiltner

Senior Medical Director

Dr. Angela Stiltner joined Hospice of the Piedmont in 2011 as Associate Medical Director, was promoted to Medical Director in 2012, and promoted again to Senior Medical Director in 2014. She is board-certified in Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The Hospice Medical Director Certification Board awarded her the Hospice Medical Director credential in recognition of her commitment to improve patient quality of life by displaying professional competency in the hospice industry. In November 2018, Dr. Stiltner earned the the designation Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2000, she completed the UVA-affiliated Family Medicine residency program and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Carilion Health System in Roanoke, Virginia. Prior to joining Hospice of the Piedmont, she was Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care at UVA from 2004 until 2010. She is currently a University of Virginia Visiting Associate Professor of Family Medicine. She is the immediate past President for the Albemarle County Medical Society and serves on the Executive Board.

Rebecca Burke, MD

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Rebecca Burke is a part-time Associate Medical Director for Hospice of the Piedmont. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency training at Duke University. After working as a hospitalist for four years, she completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Following this, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Rutgers University and provided palliative care services at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

John Lanham

Associate Medical Director

Dr. John Lanham is a volunteer Associate Medical Director for Hospice of the Piedmont. A 1980 graduate of the University of Missouri medical school, he completed his Family Medicine residency in 1983 and has practiced medicine in Charlottesville since 1989. Dr. Lanham is board-certified in Family Medicine and in Hospice and Palliative Care.

Charles Suter

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Charles Suter of Arlington, joined Hospice of the Piedmont’s Culpeper Regional team in 2015 as Associate Medical Director. After college and three years in the Navy, he attended the University of Virginia Medical School. He completed his medical residency and a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine at St. Luke’s Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Suter has practiced medicine in Culpeper since 1983. The majority of his medical career has involved caring for the elderly as an internist and geriatrician. He is Medical Director of Culpeper’s Baptist Retirement Community. He previously served as Director of the Culpeper Home Health and Hospice program.

Andy Macfarlan, MD

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Macfarlan joined Hospice of the Piedmont as Associate Medical Director in August 2020. Dr. Macfarlan practiced for many years in the Charlottesville community, most recently with Sentara Martha Jefferson Medical Group. He has cared for thousands of patients over the years in his practice at Earlysville Family Practice and Albemarle Square Family Healthcare.

Dr. Macfarlan is board certified in family medicine. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Dartmouth College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a Rufus Choate Scholar. He received his medical training at Baylor College of Medicine receiving the Moody C. Bettis Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Medicine while there. Dr. Macfarlan completed is residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Virginia.

At Hospice of the Piedmont, Dr. Macfarlan will care for patients and families to maximize the quality of life when patients are facing life limiting illness.

Paul J. Tesoriere

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Paul Tesoriere is a part-time Associate Medical Director. Dr. Tesoriere graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2000 and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Virginia in 2003. He has been a hospitalist at Martha Jefferson since 2004 and is the Director of In-patient Services.

Jill Holmes

Nurse Practitioner

Jill Holmes previously worked at HOP for five years and rejoined the organization in 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia School of Nursing in 1982 and worked at UVA as a nurse for 12 years in General Medicine, Nephrology, and Oncology before returning to graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University for a master’s degree and certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She served as a nurse practitioner at a family medicine clinic and at the UVA Cancer Center. She has spent her career caring for people with life-threatening illnesses.

Claire Palmer

Nurse Practitioner

Claire Palmer graduated from the University of New Mexico, then joined the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant and served active duty for four years. She graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore with a Master’s in Nursing Administration and went on to attend James Madison University to become certified as an adult nurse practitioner. She became certified as an Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care nurse (ACHPN) in December 2018.

Fannie Utz

Nurse Practitioner

Fannie Utz earned her BSN from EMU and her MSN and Nurse Practitioner degrees from James Madison University.  She worked with Hospice of Piedmont previously as a case manager and has nursing experience in Internal Medicine, bone marrow transplant, solid organ transplant, and Hematology Oncology.  She has practiced as an NP in Family Practice and Otolaryngology. She lives in Madison with her husband, Ronnie, and enjoys traveling, camping, and spending time at the beach and with her family.

Deveryn Bailey

Nurse Practitioner

Deveryn Bailey earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia. She worked as a nurse within the UVA Health System caring for medically complex patients in long-term acute care, with a focus on wound care and trach management/ventilator weaning, while completing her post-Master’s certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She joined the Hospice of the Piedmont in January 2019.

J. Cameron Muir

Interim Cheif Medical Officer

Dr. J. Cameron Muir is serving as Hospice of the Piedmont’s Interim Chief Medical Director. Dr. Muir serves as the Chief Innovation Officer at Capital Caring Health and Chief of Clinical Innovations for the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI). At Capital Caring Health, one of the oldest and largest non-profit hospice and palliative care groups in the United States, Dr. Muir led the medical staff from 2002 to 2018; the medical staff provided over 260,000 hospice and palliative care visits during that time frame. Additionally, his work on research and outcomes programs has resulted in the publication of over a dozen peer-reviewed articles which define innovations and best practices in advanced illness care.

In multiple leadership roles, Dr. Muir is both a Fellow and the Past-President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and served on the AAHPM Board of Directors from 2002-2009. In addition, he has been a consultant to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and for two decades has served on the faculty of the Education for Physicians in End of Life Care Project (EPEC). Prior to joining Capital Caring Health, Dr. Muir was Medical Director of the Palliative Care and Home Hospice Program of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he also served on the Pain Management Coordinating Council. He was also Director of the Palliative Care Program of the Northwestern University Medical School, where he was Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Muir is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Internal Medicine and is a Certified Hospice Medical Director. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He also earned fellowships in bioethics at the University of Chicago Medical Center and in both Medical Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Tim Short, MD

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Timothy Short re-joined the Hospice of the Piedmont team in May 2020. He is serving as Associate Medical Director, as well as Director of the Education Institute. Dr. Short served as the first Chief Medical Officer for Hospice of the Piedmont from 2008 – 2010. He comes to HOP from the University of Virginia, where he was an associate professor of medicine in palliative care.

Dr. Short brings a tremendous amount of clinical and educational experience to his role. He has been a family medicine doctor for more than 20 years, with certifications in both family practice and palliative care and hospice. Dr. Short was on the 2019-20 Best Doctors in America ® list and has numerous honors and awards spanning two decades. In 2020, he was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow to the National Academies of Practice.  In 2019, he was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award by Family Medicine Residents at UVa.

Dr. Short attended Duke University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with his B.A. in Religion. He went on to receive his medical degree from Duke, as well. His family practice residency took place at the University of Virginia. Over the course of his career, he has worked and taught for hospitals and practices locally and in Illinois. His work has been published many times over and he has been invited to give lectures and symposiums across the U.S. He is active in the local community, most recently serving as co-director of Schwartz Rounds at UVA; as course director for Healer’s Art Fourth-Year; as faculty for the Heart of Medicine IPE course; on the planning committee for the Haney Interprofessional Conference for Compassionate Care at the End of Life; and on the steering committee of the Center for Appreciative Practice.

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