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Hospice group now Care Partners

Hillsboro not-for-profit organization changes its name, adds staff

Hospice & Palliative Care of Washington County has officially changed its name to Care Partners, officials at the Hillsboro-based not-for-profit said last week.

The organization, which serves patients and families facing cancer, dementia, heart and lung disease and other serious illnesses, had its beginning in 1982, “when five friends came together to create an independent, community-based” hospice in Washington County, said Gwen Schwartz, director of development.

Founding board members Kay Kirkbride and Gerry Gibbs lead Care Partners’ effort to reach people facing end-of-life issues throughout the Portland-metropolitan area with hospice and home-based palliative care.

Over the last two years, Care Partners hired a professor of nursing, a former nurse midwife, a naturopathic physician, a licensed massage therapist, a mechanical engineer and a software systems engineer.

Clinical manager and registered nurse Paula Nagy is completing her Ph.D. in nursing at Oregon Health & Science University, and Jeanne LaMont is an obstetrics and gynecology physician with Care Partners.

In 2012, registered nurse Andy Kyler joined the group as CEO after leading three other programs in Oregon over the last 30 years, most recently at Oregon’s second-largest hospice.

Care Partners is located at 900 S.E. Oak St., Suite 202, in Hillsboro.

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