Member Highlight: Dr. Alexander Peralta Jr. Named Chief Medical Director, Faith Presbyterian Hospice
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Posted by: Amanda Wiedenfeld
Presbyterian Communities and Services, a faith-based nonprofit organization comprised of continuing care retirement communities and hospice services, has named Dr. Alexander Peralta Jr. chief medical director of Faith Presbyterian Hospice and the new T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center. The center ensures a meaningful end-of-life journey for an estimated 1,200 families a year. Dr. Peralta is a former pharmacist, internal medicine specialist with 35 years of expertise in hospice care and palliative medicine. He is an international speaker, author, researcher and medical leader in the subspecialty of hospice and palliative medicine. Tim Mallad, President of Presbyterian Communities and Services, made the announcement.
“Dr. Peralta is extremely passionate about providing the highest level of care and comfort to the families we serve. He has an impressive background which will serve as a solid foundation for this new role,” said Mallad. “His experience with driving successful hospice programs will help him as he oversees the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center that recently opened. This standalone residential and inpatient center is the first of its kind in Dallas, and with Dr. Peralta’s leadership, we hope to set a new standard for hospice care.”
Dr. Peralta is a diplomat of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and a certified Hospice Medical Director. He has a wide range of recognitions, honors and activities, including serving on the Parkland Health and Hospital System’s - Hatcher Station Health Center Advisory Board and the National Hospice and the Palliative Medicine Home Care Speaker’s Bureau, guest faculty at MD Anderson Cancer Center Intensive Board Review Courses and was clinical faculty of the first 41 accredited fellowship in hospice palliative medicine in the United States in 2005. In addition, Dr. Peralta has launched several successful hospice programs, and he believes the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center will help redefine intensive human caring at life’s end. In the center, he plans to focus on integrative medicine, which combines traditional and complimentary alternative medicine including music and dance thanatology, meditation modalities, pharmacognosy and sand therapy. His vision is to weave clinical and academic components together to create an environment of collegiality where hospice and palliative care teams develop achievable goals amongst clinicians that will impact the care of patients in all settings.
“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve as chief medical director. My goal is to provide care that is beyond patient and family expectations in homes through Faith Presbyterian Hospice and at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center,” said Dr. Peralta. “We have an opportunity to create a true center of excellence. I believe in an open-door policy, and I am a strong proponent of bringing the greater community together to research, learn from one another and serve as mentors, in order to create best practices nationally and internationally.”
The T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center recently opened on a 9.3-acre campus in Dallas. The 53,388-square-foot center, with 36 lake-facing patient rooms with balconies and patient beds that can be easily moved outdoors, is designed to provide meaningful end-of-life journeys for patients and their families, as well as transitional care where patients with chronic diseases like COPD come to stabilize before returning home. While the center has numerous amenities for patients, it is also accommodates the whole family, with amenities such as Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, kitchenette areas, playrooms for young children and teens. Other services offered by the center include massage and music therapy, patient and family education, as well as bereavement support for children and family members. A Child Life Specialist provides support and bereavement services for children from the present time until the child reaches adulthood. The center also offers Faith Presbyterian Hospice’s Signature Services such as Faithful Presence, recorded messages from family members to their loved one; Faithful Paws, an animal therapy program; Memory Bears, where volunteers make bears out of loved ones’ clothing as keepsakes; and Faithful Wishes, in which special wishes by patients are made possible.
Source: Lauren Witt / Amy Jones, The Point Group