Homa Magsi, MD
Homa Magsi, MD, joined Hospice of the Piedmont in October 2020 as the VP of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer. Board certified in both Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, she is also fellowship-trained in Geriatric Medicine.
Dr. Magsi attended medical school at the Iberoamerican University in the Dominican Republic, which was followed by a Family Medicine Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She went on to complete a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, with focused training on hospice and palliative medicine. Over the course of her career, Dr. Magsi has served as medical director and/or associate medical director for three other hospice organizations and a skilled nursing facility. She also has medical volunteer experience in both Mexico and Guatemala, and she speaks both Spanish and Urdu.
As a hospice physician, Dr. Magsi enjoys discovering what is most important to hospice patients and their families in order to create an individualized treatment plan that maximizes the hospice patient’s quality of life.
In her spare time, Dr. Magsi is always up for a new adventure. Some of her past adventures include hiking in the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal, climbing an active volcano in Guatemala and skydiving!
“Helping patients navigate their treatment options and then witnessing how this minimizes their suffering and allows for a peaceful death is the most meaningful part of my work.”
Amy Baruch, MD
Amy R. Baruch, MD, earned her education at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She is certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She joined Hospice of the Piedmont as associate medical director in 2013, having previously worked at Forsyth Medical Center as a palliative care physician and hospitalist in the Center’s inpatient palliative care unit.
Dr. Baruch serves patients at our inpatient facilities, primarily at Hospice Home at High Point. She considers it a privilege to build relationships with patients and their families at their most difficult and vulnerable time.
In her spare time, Dr. Baruch enjoys participating in CrossFit, spending time with her family, and baking and decorating cakes.
“If I help make symptoms more manageable or help a patient and their family feel more supported and at ease, then I have done my job well.”
Wendy Blumstein, FNP-C
Wendy Blumstein, FNP-C, a Massachusetts native, received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and began working as a hospice nurse in 2003. In 2019, she decided to pursue a graduate degree at Winston-Salem State University, where she received a Master of Science in Nursing in 2022.
Wendy considers it a privilege to support patients at end-of-life, leaning on knowledge she has gained from her many years of clinical hospice experience.
In addition to her clinical degrees, Wendy has a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia. During her undergraduate studies, she held a student job as a transit bus driver and logged numerous hours navigating the city in a bus that was 35 feet long.
“Being part of a team caring for a patient and helping them pass more comfortably is a true honor.”
Maike Copeland, MD
Maike Copeland, MD, attended UMDNJ/Rutgers Medical School and trained at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. After initially working in primary care, she began working in hospice with Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Winston Salem.
Since joining Hospice of the Piedmont in 2013, Dr. Copeland has provided support to both hospice and palliative care patients. Dr. Copeland enjoys the opportunity to work with fellow team members as together they provide excellent care to patients and their family members each day.
A fun fact about Dr. Copeland is that she is bilingual, speaking both German and English, and she enjoys practicing French as well.
“I have the privilege of providing care to patients at a point where we, in western medicine, often say ‘there is nothing more we can do’ or ‘we have no other options’; however, I like to say that there is always something we can do.”
Karen L. Cross, MD, FAAHPM
Karen L. Cross, MD, FAAHPM, began her hospice career in Oregon and Nevada, where she was the first physician to be board certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in the state of Nevada. She worked with the Nevada Cancer Institute to develop their Palliative Care service department and has spent many years as a board member and officer for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Cross is a nationally-recognized expert in the management of ALS and focuses much of her clinical practice on palliative care for individuals living with the disease.
Dr. Cross joined Hospice of the Piedmont in 2014. Her goal each day is to provide the highest quality of care to patients with advanced disease while also supporting their family members and friends.
In her spare time, she continues her never-ending quest for the perfect coffee shop.
"I feel fortunate to have been able to incorporate the lessons I’ve learned from my personal experiences with the medical profession and end of life care into my approach with hospice and palliative care."
Gene Freeman, MD
Prior to medical school, Gene Freeman, MD, received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Anatomy at The Ohio State University. Dr. Freeman completed his undergraduate medical education and received his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Washington Health System in Washington, PA and completed a graduate medical fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Virginia Health System.
Dr. Freeman holds current board certifications in both Family Medicine as well as Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Most recently, prior to joining Hospice of the Piedmont in 2023, Dr. Freeman was an integral member of the palliative medicine team at Cone Health. He finds great meaning in the opportunity to sit and learn what someone values most and then working with the individual and their loved ones to determine what is the best way to honor those values.
Although his family is originally from Ohio, Dr. Freeman shares that the friendly people, beautiful beaches and tasty BBQ have made North Carolina home.
"I am honored to be able to play a small part in helping people live their lives in the way that is most meaningful to them and their family."
Andrea Sheron, ANP-BC, ACHPN
Andrea Sheron, ANP-BC, ACHPN, a native of Asheboro, NC, earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University. Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, Andrea worked in oncology care prior to joining Hospice of Randolph in 2014.
She enjoys working with a hospice organization because it allows her the opportunity to walk alongside hospice families and provide collaborative and holistic patient care.
Andrea, an adoptive mom, enjoys RV trips with her family and would travel every weekend if possible!
“Hospice care is exceptionally rewarding because I am able to make a positive impact each day while caring for hospice patients during some of life’s most difficult moments.”
Patricia Shevlin, MD
Patty Shevlin, MD, is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine with internship and residency training in Family Practice at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA. She moved to North Carolina after fulfilling her Army service. Dr. Shevlin has practiced inpatient and outpatient medicine in private practice at Asheboro Family Physicians and StayWell Senior Care.
Since joining Hospice of Randolph in 2016, Dr. Shevlin shares that she enjoys the unique honor of providing care alongside a hospice team that addresses all aspects of a person’s end-of-life journey including medical, social and spiritual needs.
Although Dr. Shevlin is not originally from the south, she loves living here and can’t imagine it any other way!
“Dying is universal, but the journey is different for everyone. That’s why it is so important to individualize the care that we provide for each hospice patient.”