PCLC at Mount Carmel Health System

  1. Location
    Grove City, OH
  2. Leader
  3. Faculty
    • Wendy J. Hepker
      Executive Director
    • Nicholas Thomas
      Director of Operations
    • Lori Yosick
      LISW, CHPCA, Health Care Consultant
    • Judy Prendeville
      Palliative Care Consultant
  4. Photo: Philip H. Santa-Emma
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  1. Available Training Dates

    No upcoming training dates at this time.

Mount Carmel Health System At-A-Glance

A member of the Catholic Trinity Health System, Mount Carmel Health System is a vertically integrated system. It consists of four acute care hospitals, a college of nursing, residency programs, a hospice, and a home health agency, along with other services and divisions. Mount Carmel’s hospice and palliative care services are provided in acute palliative care units (APCUs) at Mount Carmel West, Mount Carmel East, and Mount Carmel St. Ann's hospitals, consultatively throughout all our hospitals, and in the community, from private residences to long-term care facilities and more. 

Key benefits of training with Mount Carmel include access to:

  • Deep expertise in staffing and billing
  • Three seasoned hospital palliative care teams and a community-based team 
  • Observation of an actual IDT session, optional tour of an APCU, and discipline-specific shadowing opportunities
  • A collaborative model across system service lines, home health care, population health, physician practices, and long-term care facilities
  • The successful integration of palliative care with hospital-wide quality improvement initiatives
  • Expertise in utilizing databases to capture and track key palliative care clinical and financial measures  
  • Insight into attaining strong physician buy-in, resulting in high volume of referrals

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Philip H. Santa-Emma
MD, FAAHPM

Philip H. Santa-Emma, MD, FAAHPM, obtained his BA in chemistry cum laude from the Ohio State University in Columbus, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He then earned his MD in 1988 from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. After completing his residency in family medicine at Mount Carmel Hospital, Columbus, in 1991, he was a partner in Hilliard Family Health from 1991 to 1997 and also medical director of Arbors at Hilliard and the Convalarium at Indian Run, both extended care facilities in Ohio. In 1997 he left his family medicine practice and joined Mount Carmel as associate medical director of hospice and palliative care, where he is now the medical director. Over the years, Dr. Santa-Emma has presented nationally on topics of palliative care, clinical practice, process improvement, and hospice care. He is coleader of one of the first centers of excellence for the Center to Advance Palliative Care. He is board certified in family practice as well as hospice and palliative medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.