Jerald Sanders, MD, who is today the full-time medical director of WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care, has been part of our medical staff for more than 30 years. Following medical school, residency and five years of active duty with the Navy at Whidbey Naval Hospital, he and a partner opened an office in Oak Harbor, where he had an active clinical practice as a family physician.
Dr. Sanders was instrumental in advocating for full-time emergency room physicians at the hospital, 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 our hospice program and served as medical director since 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.
Patient Care Philosophy
- Provide a comprehensive approach to patient healthcare with compassion and understanding.
- Understand and meet patient needs.
Scope of Care
- Supporting patients and families with comprehensive expertise in the management of physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
- All aspects of end-of-life care
- Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, 1977
Internship & Residency
- Naval Regional Medical Center at Charleston
- Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine
- Board Certified Hospice Medical Director