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Fort Collins physician will head up PVH’s new palliative care program

For immediate release: Nov. 26, 2013

Kim Vecchio, 970.237.7113,

Fort Collins physician will head up PVH's new palliative care program

Dr. Joseph Lopez
Lisabeth Paradise

Dr. Joseph Lopez, a longtime family medicine physician in Fort Collins, will join Colorado Health Medical Group and oversee Poudre Valley Hospital’s new palliative care program.

Dr. Lopez is board-certified in hospice and palliative care medicine and will help relieve pain, stress and other debilitating symptoms for patients who have been diagnosed with a serious illness. The palliative care program at PVH helps patients with pain and symptom management, maintaining quality of life, difficult decision-making and advance directives. 

“We guide patients through the emotional roller coaster that comes with serious illness,” said Dr. Lopez. “We assist with medical management, clarifying goals of care and helping patients and families understand the complex medical treatments while at PVH.”

Dr. Lopez joins the program Wednesday with palliative care nurse practitioner, Lisabeth Paradise, who has been caring for patients at PVH since August. 

Dr. Lopez completed his internship and residency at Midland Family Practice Center in Midland, Mich., and earned his medical degree at University of Colorado Medical School. Prior to joining CHMG, Dr. Lopez practiced family medicine for 30 years in Fort Collins.

Paradise is board-certified in both family practice and hospice and palliative medicine. She has more than 12 years of experience in hospice and palliative medicine and earned her master’s degree at Regis University.

For more information about the PVH palliative care program, please call 970.495.8369. For more information about Dr. Lopez, visit

Colorado Health Medical Group, formerly Poudre Valley Medical Group, is a multi-specialty medical group with approximately 250 providers and 50 clinics delivering quality health care and wellness services within 24 medical specialties in communities throughout Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. The medical group is a part of University of Colorado Health, which also includes Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora and the Memorial Hospital system in Colorado Springs.

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