Tariq “Terry” Al-Mutawa, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer for St. Francis Healthcare System. In addition to continuing to be actively involved with hospice care, Dr. Terry’s scope of services will expand to include clinical oversight of St. Francis Healthcare System’s other services for seniors and caregivers as St. Francis Healthcare System’s vision for the St. Francis Kupuna Village comes to full fruition.
Dr. Terry rejoined St. Francis Healthcare System as a Medical Director of St. Francis Hospice in June 2016. He previously served as one of our medical directors for St. Francis Hospice from 2012 through 2014.
He has more than a decade of hospice care experience from Arizona Palliative Home Care, New Century Health/Arizona Palliative Home Care Oncology Collaboration, Hospice of the Valley, all in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. Terry is board certified in hospice and palliative care. Before focusing on hospice care, he co-founded Desert Vista Medical Associates, an internal medicine-based inpatient-outpatient group that employed more than 20 physicians and served patients in three hospitals and two clinics.
Dr. Terry’s received a bachelor of science degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona and a medical degree from the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine.
Holly Davis, an advanced practice nurse practitioner, serves as Executive Director of St. Francis Hospice, the state’s first hospice program.
Holly has more than a decade of hospice and palliative care experience. Prior to joining St. Francis, she served as executive director of Gentiva Hospice in Nashville, Tennessee, an affiliate of Kindred at Home, a national leader in home care, hospice care and personal care services.
She also served at VNA Home Health and Hospice of the Florida Keys in Key West, Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia. She also served at Pensacola, Florida-based Covenant Hospice, now known as Covenant Care, where she oversaw a community-based palliative care and bereavement program. Holly also served as clinical manager for the Gilchrist Hospice Care in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
Holly received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a master of science degree in palliative nursing from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. She is co-chair of the Advisory Council for the Children’s Project on Palliative/Hospice Services (ChiPPS) of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
Dr. David Dellinger has extensive hospice experience. Prior to that, he was the Medical Director for the Stout Street Clinic, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in Denver, Colorado.
He had been responsible for medical direction, regulatory compliance, supervision, education and direct patient care as well as facilitating the transition into integrative health care. At the Stout Street Clinic, he specialized in pain management for high-risk patients, harm reduction strategies, and transgender care.
Prior to the Stout Street Clinic, David worked as Medical Director for The Denver Hospice. His special interest was in managing high-risk patients, patients with addictions, and the very frail elderly with complex medical problems and delirium.
He has also worked as Medical Director at Willowbrook Hospice in Tennessee, providing medical evaluation and management of psychiatric hospital inpatients in Georgia, providing outpatient evaluation and management of patients in a long-term treatment center, in private practice and as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Dr. Dellinger received a bachelor of science degree in biomedical and electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University, and a medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed a geriatric medicine fellowship at the University of Alabama, and a hospice and palliative care fellowship at Vanderbilt University, in Tennessee. He is board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, hospice and palliative care medicine, and addiction medicine.
Dr. Naomi Morita is board certified in both internal medicine and in hospice and palliative medicine.
She graduated from Hilo High School and received a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Southern California. She earned her medical degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, then completed internal medicine residency training at the University of California Irvine.
Prior to joining St. Francis Healthcare System, she worked with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, then the University of Miami Area Health Education Center where she served HIV and AIDS patients, and various indigent communities including the homeless while training nurses, physician assistants, medical students and resident doctors.
While at the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, she was an internal medicine hospitalist, and created a clinic palliative care consultation service as a primary care physician.
Before joining St. Francis Hospice, Dr. Lester Yim was working in private practice as a long-term care physician. He continues his private practice on a part-time basis. He retired from Hawaii Kaiser Permanente Medical Group at the end of 2012 after working for them since 1995. Initially, he was in the Department of Internal Medicine, and then worked in the Continuing Care/Long Term Care Department, attending nursing home and care home patients as well as providing palliative care consults and conducting end-of-life discussions.
Dr. Yim holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Northwestern University, a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Hawaii, and a medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine as well as hospice and palliative medicine.