Hospice/Palliative Care Practice Opportunity

Togus VA Medical Center
Facility: Togus VA Medical Center 
Augusta, ME  

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Opportunity Criteria
Specialty: Palliative Care : Hospice 
Candidate Type: MD, DO 
Visas Accepted: No J1 or H1
Loan Repayment: Negotiable
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Hospice/Palliative Care Physician needed to care for our Veterans-Great Benefits!

Hospice/Palliative Care Physician needed to care for our Veterans-Great Benefits!

The Togus VA Medical Center located in Augusta, Maine is searching for a BC/BE Hospice/Palliative Care Physician to join their dynamic healthcare team as the Hospice and Palliative Care (H&PC) Medical Director.

 Togus Springs is a state of the art 12-bed hospice unit which is part of the Community Living Center located at the VA Maine Healthcare Systems main campus. In this inpatient setting, compassionate, quality care is proved to Veterans in an inpatient setting at the end of life. The Director functions as a key member of the GEC team actively participating in the development of overall management objectives.

The Hospice and Palliative Care (H&PC) Medical Director is the clinical leader for the H&PC program at Togus VA which includes an integrated inpatient and outpatient program. The Medical Director works closely with the Palliative Care Team consisting of Nurse Practitioner, Hospice Unit Nurse Manager, RN Coordinator, Social Worker and Chaplain to provide:

  • Care of patients in the 12-bed hospice and palliative care unit
  • Inpatient consultative services in the acute hospital and long term care areas
  • Outpatient consultative services in the geriatric and specialty care clinics
  • Telemedicine consultative services for patients unable to travel to Augusta
  • Management of patients in hospice home care
  • Supervision and training of H&PC fellows in collaboration with Maine Medical Center

Serves as professional liaison of the facility to other VA and federal facilities, the community, affiliates, media, congressional offices and constituent organizations. Maintains and promotes high ethical and clinical standards that are carried into decision-making processes.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, Full time, hours negotiable upon selection

Call Coverage: Rotates every 5 weeks, after hours and weekends from home

Salary Range: $200,000 to $225,000 per year

A recruitment incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate

Selected candidate may be eligible to apply for student loan repayment thru the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Participation is based on funds availability.

Originally an English trading post on the Kennebec River, Augusta has since grown to be the capital of Maine and is focused on preserving and celebrating the state’s history. Visit the magnificent Maine State House or Old Fort Western, the oldest surviving wooden fort in the United States. The city is also the home of the Pine Tree State Arboretum, a 224-acre park and botanic garden, with six miles of hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails, open for free, all year round.www.augustamaine.gov

About the Facility:

VA Maine Healthcare System proudly serves Maine's veterans at a main campus in Augusta or any of nine outpatient clinics. It's a modern 67-operational bed facility with general medical, surgical and mental health beds, as well as 65 Skilled-Longer Stay beds, a 25-bed Dementia Unit, and a hospice unit. The oldest veterans' facility in the country (est. 1866), much of its 500+ acres is natural woodland habitat for wildlife. Living in Maine offers excellent quality of life and access to many cultural and recreational activities.

Competitive salaries, generous leave package, health & life insurance benefits, and retirement benefits. Additionally, the right candidate will experience the sense of patriotism and pride associated with working with veterans. The incumbent is eligible to participate in a pension program as well as a matching Thrift Savings Plan which is similar to a 401K. Candidates with prior military experience may be able to combine their accrued military retirement credit with VA pension benefits.

About Our Community

Live in Augusta, or within easy commuting distance, in the mid-coast region, in the mountains, or lakeside. Safe communities with highly rated school systems. Variety of outdoors recreational destinations, near-by college and university campuses, and other cultural events are some examples of what central Maine has to offer. Living in Maine offers excellent quality of life and access to many cultural and recreational activities.

About the VA

Department of Veterans Affairs offers Veterans the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the United States. We operate more than 1,400 sites of care, including 153 medical centers, 909 ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics, 135 nursing homes, 232 Veterans centers, 47 readjustment counseling centers, and 108 comprehensive home-care programs, across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S.Territories.

More than 7.9 million Veterans, their family members, and survivors are enrolled in the VA Health System, with more than 6.3 million seeking treatment each year. Currently, that annual treatment involves 773,600 inpatient visits and 60 million outpatient visits. About 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees work in interdisciplinary care teams to deliver those patient services daily.

VA's patient population crosses a wide spectrum of individuals, from elderly World War II Veterans, to baby boomer Vietnam Vets, to today's younger heroes who served during the Gulf War era and in the present day Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. VA also serves a growing number of women Veterans, who currently account for seven percent of the total Veteran population.

VA Benefits

Paid Time Off:

  • 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave
  • 13 Days paid sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation
  • 10 paid Federal holidays per year
  • 5 Days paid absence to attend approved CME courses


  • Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA) Lifetime Healthcare Insurance options available
  • Dental & Vision: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)
  • VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
  • Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government
  • Long-term care insurance is available as an option

Federal Retirement Plan:

  • VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits; 2) FERS-RAE basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
  • How is the pension funded? VA employees automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 8.3% of the employee’s salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 12.7% of the employee’s salary
  • Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2015, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $18,000, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $24,000.
  • The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions, depending on the amount of the employee contribution
  • For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension
  • In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel
  • Disability Retirement
  • Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years’ service

Contact Information
Contact: Samuel Wright 
Phone: 334-294-6130
E-mail: Click here to e-mail.
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