Although you can continue under the care of your own physician, your care team may include one of our physicians, who are experts in pain and symptom management. Compassionate by nature, their medical expertise encompasses both hospice and palliative care.
Our Medical Director
Deidra Woods, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, CMD is board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine and has been our medical director since 2010. She began her medical career as a registered nurse, later becoming a doctor specializing in internal medicine and geriatrics. She has worked in private practice, and has served as medical director for a nursing home and two other hospices.
Dr. Woods belongs to the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association and the American Geriatric Society, among others. She has made numerous presentations before professional groups and fulfilled faculty appointments at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine and Mercer University’s department of Internal Medicine.
Suncoast Hospice Care Centers
Suncoast Hospice has three care centers located throughout Pinellas
County. Our care centers are designed for the comfort of patients and
Hear stories from those we serve every day and the lives that have been touched and healed by Suncoast Hospice programs.
Dr. Jeffrey Paonessa’s standard for patient care is driven by quality, expertise and compassion. He shares that same standard with Suncoast Hospice, a partner he has entrusted for years to provide hospice and palliative care to his patients.