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Modesto hospice names new medical director

Modesto-based Community Hospice has announced that Dr. Centi Younan will serve as its medical director starting Monday.

Younan is replacing Dr. Garfield Pickell, who served a medical director for 10 years. Pickell had requested to retire from his position but continue on with hospice as a part-time associate medical director, primarily serving at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, according to a hospice news release.

“Community Hospice is very pleased and honored that Dr. Younan accepted the medical director position,” said C. DeSha McLeod, president and chief executive officer, in the release. “Dr. Younan comes to us with extensive education, training and leadership that fully supports our mission of providing compassionate and quality care to the patients and families we serve.”

According to the release:

Younan has served as a hospitalist at Sutter Memorial Medical Center in Modesto since 2005. Since 2010, she has served as the co-medical director of the palliative care department there. She is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine in New York.

Younan completed an internship in internal medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Stamford Hospital, and her internal medicine residency at the UCLA School of Medicine, Kern Medical Center. She also has received training in palliative and end-of-life care. She is board-certified in internal medicine and is a board-certified diplomat in hospice and palliative care.

Community Hospice declined to release how much Younan will be paid, as well as what Pickell was paid as medical director.

The hospice is a nonprofit agency that has served the Central Valley since 1979, providing care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of their ability to pay, according to the news release.