HOCF medical director receives certification

Published 8:49 pm Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Hospice of the Carolina Foothills announced today that Medical Director Drew Schnyder, MD, HMDC just received certification from the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board (HMDCB) demonstrating his leadership and recognition within the field of hospice and palliative medicine. The certification was developed for hospice medical directors by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The mission of HMDCB certification is to relieve suffering and improve quality of life by promoting the excellence and professional competence of hospice medical directors.

“Dr. Schnyder’s role requires special knowledge, regulatory and ethical aspects, as well as expertise in clinical care,” Rita Burch, Hospice of the Carolina Foothills CEO and President said. “This certification indicated that Dr. Schnyder has all of the requirements to provide the highest quality care for our patients and their families.”

In addition to his role as Medical Director at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, Dr. Schnyder is a Lieutenant Colonel and Chief of Medical Services for the North Carolina Air National Guard. He is the owner of Family Care, a full spectrum family practice in Old Fort and Black Mountain.

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Dr. Schnyder received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Mercer University, his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, and he completed his residency at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, GA. Dr. Schnyder is and adjunct professor with UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

In addition to his HMDCB certification, he has DOT certification, FAA Aeromedical Evaluator certification and Family Practice Board certification. He is an Aerospace Medicine Specialist, ACLS/PALS Instructor, Public Health Emergency Officer Disaster Specialist and he received NASA training for the Space Shuttle Program. 

For more information about the care Dr. Schnyder and Hospice of the Carolina Foothills provides, please call 828-245-0095 or 800-218-2273.


Submitted by Heidi Owen