Dr. Jessica Kalender-Richa appointed medical director

Lenexa, KS, April 10, 2014 — Gentiva Hospice, part of the Gentiva Health Services family of home health and hospice companies, today announced the appointment of Jessica Kalender-Rich, M.D., as Medical Director of its Lenexa, KS office, serving patients in Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami and Wyandotte Counties. As Medical Director, Dr. Kalender-Rich works closely with the Gentiva offices on matters of patient care and quality assurance, including the review of nursing and other patient care protocols, and the provision of continuing education and training to Gentiva’s staff. She also serves as a liaison to the physician community. “We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Kalender-Rich to Gentiva,” said Lenexa Executive Director Brandy Bitler. “Her appointment is yet another sign of our commitment to clinical excellence, which benefits our patients, as well as physicians and others referring patients to us. Gentiva’s national scope allows us to share clinical best practices developed through our service to hundreds of thousands of patients annually.” Dr. Kalender-Rich is a palliative care specialist who has practiced in the Kansas City area for nearly 10 years. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Geriatric and General Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Kalender-Rich is certified in Palliative, Geriatric and Internal Medicine. Patients, physicians and others seeking more information on Gentiva’s services can call 913-541-0266, or go to www.gentiva.com.

About Gentiva Health Services Gentiva Health Services Inc. is a leading provider of comprehensive home health and hospice services throughout the United States. Gentiva delivers compassionate, high-quality care to patients through offerings that include skilled nursing; physical, occupational, speech and neurorehabilitation services; hospice services; social work; nutrition; disease management education; help with daily living activities; and other therapies and services. For more information, visit www.gentiva.com.

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