Hospice Physician for Heart ‘n Home Hospice, Dr. Billy Galligar, M.D., was recently granted the Hospice Medical Director Certified credential by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board. Dr. Galligar was recognized for his commitment to improving the quality of life by displaying professional competency in the hospice industry. Dr. Galligar is 1 of 4 physicians in Idaho that has earned the HMDC credential.
Hospice practice includes patient care, medication management, performance improvement, engagement in interdisciplinary group (IDG) activities, and much more. Professional certification affirms a knowledge and experience base for hospice physicians to display commitment to their career, dedication to patient and family care, and the sustainability of the hospice organization and industry. HMDC designation is granted for six years and is renewed through continued validation of knowledge and re-assessment.
Dr. Galligar is an Idaho native and grew up in the Treasure Valley. He originally started working at Heart ‘n Home in 2006 after serving 4 years of service in the Marine Corps. He attended medical school at the University of Washington with an emphasis on rural and primary care training. Dr. Galligar attended Family Medicine residency in Boise and completed a Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship in San Diego at UCSD/Scripps. He shares, “My passion is making sure patients and families where I grew up get the quality care they need at end-of-life.” In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors riding his mountain bike, playing volleyball, and rooting for the Boise State Broncos.
The Hospice Medical Director Certification Board (HMDCB) serves as an independent, not-for-profit certifying body to administer a certification program for hospice medical directors and other physicians who provide hospice care for patients. The mission of HMDCB is to relieve suffering and improve quality of life by promoting the excellence and professional competency of hospice medical directors.