For Dr. Nat Timmins, hospice care is the most rewarding medical practice — providing “old fashioned” medicine to the critically and chronically ill.
“Many people think it would be depressing,” he said. “But there are so many options in hospice. We can’t fix the disease, but we can work on the symptoms. And when people are not in such incredible pain, they can get on with the more transcendent parts of life — doing what they need to do with their family, friends, spirituality. It’s wonderful to be there at those parts of life.”
Timmins is becoming well known around Colorado Springs for his innovative treatment approaches for patients living with catastrophic illnesses. He still does home visits, learning about his patients and how they live.
The chief medical officer at Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, Timmins is responsible for medical care and treatment offered to more than 200 patients and families every day. His team includes four doctors, four nurse practitioners and two palliative liaisons.
“During 2006, his team accomplished 6,000 patient visits,” said Martha M. Barton, CEO of Pikes Peak Hospice in nominating Timmins as a Rising Star. “Dr. Timmins’ expertise in the area of hospice and palliative medicine is invaluable for the direction, guidance and consultation for our hospice patients, as well as non-hospice patients in need of palliative consultation. Dr. Timmins has taught locally, as well as on the national level, on topics related to palliative and hospice care.”
Timmins is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and family medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, the Colorado Medical Society and the El Paso Medical Society.
He received Phi Beta Kappa honors from Stanford University, the 1992 Ciba-Geigy Community Service Award and is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego Medical School.
Born in Salt Lake City, he spent time in Maryland and Switzerland before attending college and medical school.
He moved to Colorado Springs in 1999, and became the chief medical officer for Pikes Peak Hospice in 2004.
Timmins and his wife Linda, have two daughters, ages 6 and 8.
“So much of what I do is about death, and dealing with death,” he said. “So most of what I do outside the office is focused on my family. I help coach their soccer teams. I think it’s so important to spend time with them while they are young. My job deals with death, the end of life, so I enjoy celebrating the positive aspect of life, when they are young, having fun.”