Dr. Keith Thompson, on-site physician at Life Care Center of Greeley, was named Company-wide Physician of the Year for Life Care Centers of America on March 19.


The award was given during a Life Care ceremony held at the American Medical Directors Association Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Seven divisional award winners were also honored.


On-site physician at Life Care Center of Greeley since September 2012, Thompson has taken on this pioneer role and gone out of his way to familiarize community providers with the new service available at the facility.


“He spent the first couple of weeks visiting many doctors in the community, face-to-face, explaining his new role at the facility, and pre-emptively extinguishing any fears of change,” said Dan W. Gauger, vice president of Life Care Centers of America’s Longs Peak Region.


Thompson makes rounds in the building every morning, making him present, accessible and a valued member of the facility’s team. He treats residents and associates at all levels with respect.


“His willingness to learn has made him an essential part of the operation,” said Gauger.


Thompson makes a particular impact on raising the clinical bar in the facility. He’s taught the clinical team what he as a doctor looks and listens for during patient assessments, which in turn has increased the level of knowledge when the nursing staff performs assessments.


Thompson goes above and beyond when discharging his patients by personally authoring a discharge note to the patient’s primary care physician.


“Physicians play a pivotal role in the care of our residents,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president, “and we are proud to honor those who stand out in their commitment and their compassion to ensure the health and well-being of those entrusted to them.”

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