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Bluegrass Care Navigators Chief Medical Officer Honored with National Award

Bluegrass Care Navigators is proud to announce that Chief Medical Officer Dr. Todd Coté has been awarded the Josephina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 

Dr. Coté is the 16th recipient of this national award which recognizes a hospice medical director or hospice physician who provides the highest quality services and innovative programs and who demonstrates exemplary dedication to the practice of palliative medicine in a hospice setting. 

Dr. Coté joined Bluegrass Care Navigators as Chief Medical Officer in 2007. With over 30 years of practice in hospice and palliative medicine, Dr. Coté is a champion for patient- and family-centered, holistic, interdisciplinary care.
“At Bluegrass Care Navigators, our goal is to connect patients and families with the right care at the right time,” said CEO Liz Fowler. “We are so fortunate to have a chief medical officer in Dr. Coté who is uncompromisingly focused on what is best for our families, and who also has deep clinical expertise and industry knowledge to guide us as we innovate and apply it to the care our patients need.”

Since moving to Kentucky, Dr. Coté has served as an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and is the Past-Program Director for the University of Kentucky Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Most recently he is a Governor-appointed member of the new, Kentucky State Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Council and a Board member on the national Hospice Medical Director Certification Board.

Dr. Coté is board–certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine and holds Fellow status in both Academies. His career has spanned hospice and palliative medicine practice in four States, and he is also a Palliative Medicine Specialist in the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand. Previously he has served as Chief Medical Officer of The Connecticut Hospice, the first hospice in the United States. 

Dr. Coté ’s experience has propelled him to leadership in the clinical, administrative, and political arena at local, state and national levels. He was the appointed chairman of the Hospice Medicine Council for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and has been chairman of the Hospice Medical Director Education Committee, member in Leadership Development, Membership Committee, Physician Business Taskforce, CME Committee, and the Scientific Assembly Committee for the Academy. He has also been a member of the Palliative Care Regulatory Advisory Workgroup and the Palliative Care Education Committee for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). 

He has also held academic teaching positions in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. 

He is the co-editor of The Hospice Medical Director Manual, the definitive resource book for physicians in hospice practice. While practicing in California, he was awarded the “California Family Physician of the Year” Award in 1995 and in 2011 by the California Academy of Family Physicians, as well as the “Pioneer Award” from the State of Kentucky for his contribution to innovation in the delivery of hospice and palliative medicine.

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