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Excellus BCBS doctor to focus on end-of-life care

Patricia Bomba

The Institute of Medicine has selected an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield physician to serve on a committee of national experts charged with helping to transform the nation’s end-of-life care.

Dr. Patricia Bomba of Pittsford, vice president and medical director of geriatrics for Excellus BCBS, will serve on the institute’s Committee on Transforming End-of-Life Care. She is a nationally recognized palliative care and end-of-life expert who designs and oversees the implementation of community projects throughout New York state. At Excellus BCBS, Bomba serves as a geriatric consultant on projects and programs affecting seniors.

“New York state is ahead of the curve when it comes to ensuring patients’ wishes are honored at the end of life,” Bomba said. “I hope to parlay the successes of New York state into a new national standard that empowers patients, their families and physicians to make and share sound decisions.”

Bomba was the driving force behind a 2008 New York state Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment law which helped to ensure that a person’s end-of-life wishes were followed, whether the person was at home, in a nursing home or in any other non-hospital setting.