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Memorial Care Doctor Honored for Compassion, Developments in Palliative Care

- Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Dr. Lowell Kleinman is a family physician with MemorialCare Health System and MemorialCare Medical Group and the May/June recipient of Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Award

For San Clemente resident Dr. Lowell, being a doctor is much more than just treating patients – it’s about improving an individual’s quality of life. Through his work as, Lowell realized his passion for palliative medicine and controlling the often-devastating symptoms of a chronic illness. Lowell advocates for the needs of patients dealing with longstanding chronic illnesses, as well as the painful final stages of a terminal disease.

“Dr. Kleinman is an extraordinary leader in palliative medicine – an area that truly benefits patients struggling with their chronic disease,” said Marla Noel, president of Fairhaven. “Compassionate individuals, such as Dr. Kleinman, make all the difference when a patient needs comfort and relief from their pain.”

Lowell begins a typical day treating patients – both adults and children – who have been diagnosed with various chronic illnesses. After devoting a full day at the office, he spends his afternoons visiting patients at Memorial Care Hospital whose physicians believed they could benefit from palliative care. Lowell also led the development of two programs: the MemorialCare Medical Group Palliative Care Clinic, a program within his office created to help patients determine their goals of care and aid in the management of symptoms; and Saddleback Hospital’s Palliative Care Inpatient Program, a service provided to hospital patients. He also helped develop two palliative care in-home programs to treat patients unable to leave their homes.

"Palliative care has become a passion of mine – I hope to have even more focus in this important area in the future," said Lowell. "People wonder why I don’t become depressed in my line of work, but I believe this is the purest form of medicine – helping people at a time when they need it most and giving them what they need to alleviate the severity of their symptoms."

In addition to his board certification as a family physician, Lowell also received his board certification in hospice and palliative care. He also is a longtime member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Lowell will be honored at Fairhaven's Oliver Halsell Care Awards banquet in November at our Mission Viejo location. The banquet honors a year's worth of achievements within the local community. Additionally, we will make a donation on his behalf to his selected charity, Family Assistance Ministries.

We are accepting nominations for the 2015 Oliver Halsell Care Awards. For more information and to nominate a deserving candidate, visit: http://www.fairhavenmemorial.com/community/oliver-halsell-care-award or email CareAwards@FairhavenMemorial.com

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