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Hope Hospice Welcomes New Executive Leadership Team Members

Maureen Dudgeon, MD, MA, FACP; and Rhonda Fisher, LCSW, have joined the Hope Hospice executive leadership team.

Rhonda Fisher, LCSW. Photo provided by Hope Hospice
Rhonda Fisher, LCSW. Photo provided by Hope Hospice
Hope Hospice is proud to announce that Maureen Dudgeon, MD, MA, FACP; and Rhonda Fisher, LCSW, have joined the Hope Hospice executive leadership team. 

Dr. Dudgeon is Hope Hospice’s full-time Chief Medical Officer.

She is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and internal medicine. Dr. Dudgeon earned her medical degree from the University of Kansas Medical School, and completed a residency in internal medicine there.

She also earned a Master of Arts in bioethics from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.  

“I am so pleased to join Hope Hospice, which is rooted in excellence and poised to exceed expectations,” says Dr. Dudgeon. “I am looking forward to meeting members of the community and working with our local physicians, nurses and other medical professionals.”  

Hope Hospice’s long-time chief medical officer Peter Wong, MD, retired at the end of April after serving Hope Hospice for 35 years.

“He has been a mainstay in our organization for as long as anyone can remember and he will be sorely missed. We know Dr. Wong will always be an advocate of Hope Hospice, as we are of him and we thank him for his enormous contributions to Hope Hospice,” says Hope Hospice CEO Victoria Emmons. “Dr. Dudgeon brings a wealth of clinical and executive experience and knowledge to her new role. It is a pleasure to have her serve our community,” Emmons adds.  

Dr. Dudgeon served as a staff physician, associate chief of staff for ambulatory care and director of primary care at Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center; a staff physician at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Shawnee, KS; staff physician, interim general medicine and geriatrics division director, medical director of ambulatory care, director of the Dean’s Women’s Health Initiative, and medical director of Village Shalom at The University of Kansas Medical Center; vice-president for Health Services and interim CEO at Village Shalom, Overland Park, KS; associate dean for Strategic Initiatives, associate professor of Internal Medicine, and chair of the department of Bioethics at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO; hospitalist at Shawnee Mission Medical Center; staff physician at Saint Luke’s Multispecialty Clinic and Saint Luke’s Palliative Medicine; and most recently, associate medical director at Mission Hospice and Home Care in San Mateo. 

Dr. Dudgeon relocated to California with her husband, also a physician, in 2013. She brings her extensive clinical experience and knowledge to Hope Hospice in her new role, as well as her teaching expertise and marvelous sense of humor. 

Rhonda Fisher, LCSW, has joined the Hope Hospice team as Chief of Patient Care Services.

She brings 27 years of management experience to the agency from a variety of healthcare settings, including mental health, foster care, hospice and home care. Twelve of those years were in hospice as the director of Quality Improvement. 

A licensed clinical social worker, Fisher earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in secondary education/English from the University of Southern Maine. 

“Rhonda brings important strengths to Hope Hospice,” says Hope Hospice CEO Victoria Emmons. “With her track record in leadership and quality improvement, she will be a great asset to our organization.” 

Fisher was an integral part of the executive leadership team at Mission Hospice & Home Care in San Mateo and at Hospice by the Bay in Larkspur, CA. Her executive responsibilities at Hope Hospice include nursing, social work, spiritual care, counseling, hospice aides and grief support.  

“Ensuring ease of access to our end-of-life services is a priority for me,” says Fisher. “I look forward to working closely with our community of families and medical professionals.” A member of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Quality Improvement Steering Committee, Fisher completed six years as a member of the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Steering Committee. 

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