Jerald Sanders, MD, became the full-time medical director of Hospice of Whidbey General in January 2016.
Dr. Sanders has been affiliated with Whidbey General Hospital since 1985. Following medical school at the University of Washington and residency at Naval Hospital Charleston, S.C., he did five years of active duty with the Navy at Whidbey Naval Hospital. He and a partner then opened an office in Oak Harbor, where he had an active clinical practice as a family physician for 30 years.
Dr. Sanders was instrumental in advocating for full-time emergency room physicians at Whidbey General, as well as participating in development of the hospitalist program.
During the past 10 years he has pursued training in end-of-life medical care, completed post graduate education in palliative care and obtained certification as Hospice Medical Director.
Dr. Sanders has been actively involved in development of the hospice program at Whidbey General and served as medical director since official certification by Medicare in October 2014. His primary interests are education of community and medical staff regarding end-of-life care and choices. He believes all patients deserve compassionate, high-quality care from beginning to end.