Dr. Tim in Becker’s Hospital Review: What we Talk About When We Talk About Dying

Feb 05, 2014 Comments Off by

The following text is an excerpt form the Becker Hospital Review feature on Dr. Tim’s work:   Tim Ihrig, MD, is a great believer in helping people die with dignity. “I think culturally in medicine and more in society, we don’t have the vernacular or the history to talk about the natural progression of life […]

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Tim Talks Palliative Care on NPR

Dec 04, 2013 Comments Off by

NPR aired the second segment on Dr. Tim’s Palliative Care Program.  To listen to the segment, please click here.   National Public Radio (NPR), in partnership with Kaiser Health, is reporting on various aspects of healthcare through the months of November and December. Recently, Dr. Tim was interviewed as a member of the Trinity Regional […]

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A Fresh Look at End-of-Life Care

Oct 15, 2013 Comments Off by

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media , September 16, 2013 It’s imperative that healthcare providers team with patients to determine the ultimate medical mission. This article appears in the September issue of  HealthLeaders  magazine. Muna Salman, MD, a palliative care hospitalist at the 220-bed Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Ill., recalls listening as an elderly, gravely […]

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Dr. Tim at TEDxDesMoines

Sep 10, 2013 Comments Off

Palliative Care needs to be discussed not only at the bedside with patients, but with the general public as well.  Sharing the message,  empowering people to know what palliative care is before they ever have a complicated diagnosis is part of my mission to spread palliative care.  I was recently invited to speak at TEDxDesMoines, […]

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Palliative Care Awareness Growing Nationally

May 29, 2013 Comments Off

This is an excerpt from “Hospitals Opting for Palliative Care” by Joe Cantlupe., found in the July 2012 issue of HealthLeaders Magazine.   This article appears in the July 2012 issue of HealthLeaders magazine. The 80-year-old cancer patient wanted to return to his Florida home to die, but the oncologist at the 400-staffed-bed Sarasota Memorial Hospital strongly suggested hormone treatment that […]

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Palliative Care Coordination

May 21, 2013 Comments Off

We are trying to change the perceptions of what Palliative Care is, can and should be.  Christine is a great example of how engaging with a person – not just a diagnosis, can be transformative upstream from end-of-life.  In part it is about care coordination, dealing with the emotive and physical effects of a disease […]

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Bigger Conversation at End-Stages: Artificial Nutrition After Transition to Catabolic State

May 15, 2013 Comments Off

The following is an excerpt from an article I contributed to in January 2012.  Having recently discussed diet and its importance in end-of-life, it seems appropriate to link back to this article, given the issue has not changed much since the article was published by Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. The whole article can […]

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Timothy G. Ihrig, MD, MA

Apr 12, 2013 Comments Off

Dr. Timothy Ihrig is the Medical Director of Palliative Care at the Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.  Trinity Regional Medical Center is one of two rural Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations in the United States. Dr. Ihrig is a native Nebraskan and attained a degree in medicine from the University of Nebraska College of […]

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Meeting People Where They Are

Apr 12, 2013 Comments Off

I am a Palliative Care physician. Daily I am asked to define and describe what exactly that is – Palliative Care. Simply put, palliative care/palliative medicine is the practice of meeting people where they are at. It is combining the science and art of medicine to look at the forest through the trees. It is […]

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Writing our own Chapters

Apr 12, 2013 Comments Off

Medicine is ever changing.  Advancements occur regularly. From the management of numerous disease states to high-tech wizardry such as robotic arms that can excise pathologies of microscopic proportions, to the mapping of the human genome, we have entered an unprecedented time in history. Let us not forget however that the most center part of all […]

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