Who We Are

We are a locally owned and operated palliative and hospice care practice organized in the State of Louisiana in 2004. Our physicians manage and remain intimately involved in the delivery of all hospice-related services, bringing more than 16 years of direct hospice experience to our organization. 


Founder and Chief Medical Officer

Ricardo Febry, MSc, MD

Ricardo Febry, MSc, MD

Ricardo Febry founded Hospice Associates of New Orleans LLC in 2004 to pursue the eradication of one-size fits all-hospice care led by non-physicians, and see its replacement with individualized plans-of-care developed by hospitalist physicians experienced in symptom management and end-of-life comfort care. To that end, Hospice Associates instituted our physician-led firm system. In it patients are assigned a Hospice Associates physician to oversee and direct individualized plans-of-care, providing each patient and caregiver(s) unprecedented access to the same hospice team nurse, nurse practitioner, and physician on-demand, 24/7. In this model patients generally reach and maintain physical comfort within 24-hrs after admission and receive counseling and emotional support on an on-going basis from familiar team members.

Dr. Febry is board-certified in Internal Medicine and brings over 26 years of experience in ambulatory, emergency, inpatient, critical, geriatrics and end-of-life care to our organization. He obtained his BS in biology from the University of Puerto Rico in 1980 and MSc in Comparative Physiology from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in 1985.  He then served as Research Associate in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Pharmacology of the University of Miami School of Medicine through 1987. Dr. Febry then graduated from his home state's University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 1991 and completed post-graduate training in Internal Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine in 1994. After years of practice in primary care based at Touro Infirmary Hospital, he founded Internal Medicine Consultants, LLC., a medical group dedicated to serving hospitals and long-term care communities in the Greater New Orleans area.  

Dr. Febry fell in love with New Orleans the day he arrived to interview for his residency training in 1991 and has since called this city his home. He and his wife Helen, a New Orleans native, met in Miami and married in 1985. They currently enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, cooking, gardening and travelling together.

Northrop Firm Director

Matthew Northrop, MD

Matthew Northrop, MD

Matthew Northrop is a board-certified Internal Medicine hospitalist with Internal Medicine Consultants, LLC since 2014. He graduated from the University of Alabama magna cum laude with a BA degree in music, and from the University of Alabama School of Medicine before completing his residency training at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Northrop was a clinical instructor at Tulane SOM and Co-investigator on research looking at the efficacy of video-based instruction for internal medicine residents. He is currently interested in the re-design of palliative and hospice care using the patient-centered medical home concept that Hospice Associates is adopting to provide our patients immediate access to a palliative and hospice physician they are familiar with 24/7. 

Dr. Northrop fell in love with New Orleans and his wife Anne during his residency training. His hobbies include music, gardening, traveling, home brewing and exploring the cultural traditions of New Orleans.

Rada Firm Director

Elena Rada, MD

Elena Rada, MD

Elena Rada is a board-certified Internal Medicine hospitalist with Internal Medicine Consultants, LLC since 2005. She graduated cum laude from the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine and is member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her residency training at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and served as a primary care physician for the Veterans Administration in PR and for a private medical group in New Orleans between 2001-2005. Dr. Rada joined IMC-LLC as a hospitalist at East Jefferson General Hospital in the mists of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath and is currently the group's associate medical director at EJGH. She is currently interested in the re-design of palliative and hospice care using the patient-centered medical home concept that Hospice Associates is adopting to provide our patients immediate access to a palliative and hospice physician they are familiar with 24/7. 

Dr. Rada fell in love with her husband Dale in New Orleans and together enjoy fishing and renovating homes in their free time.


Prowell Firm Director

Curtis Prowell MD

Curtis Prowell MD

Curtis Prowell is a board-certified Internal Medicine hospitalist with Internal Medicine Consultants, LLC since 2016. He obtained a BS in Biology from the University of New Orleans and completed MD degree and residency in Internal Medicine at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Prowell joined the hospitalist group East Jefferson General Hospital in 2009 before joining IMC in 2016. He is a member of multiple professional societies and is currently interested in the re-design of palliative and hospice care using the patient-centered medical home concept that Hospice Associates is adopting to provide our patients immediate access to a palliative and hospice physician they are familiar with 24/7. 

Dr. Prowell is a New Orleans native and, together with his wife Kelly, enjoys running, raising their two children and partaking in the New Orleans culture and style of living.


 


 

Other Allied Health Professional Staff

The rest of our extended staff consists of experienced and certified nursing assistants, chaplains, therapists, and hospice volunteers trained in our hospice philosophy of providing compassionate care with the highest level of knowledge, professionalism, and accessibility. We service every community within a 50-mile radius from our main location at 3941 Houma Boulevard, Metairie, LA.

 

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