Community Hospice Appoints New Medical Director

August 18, 2021

For Immediate Release:

Contacts: Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations | Community Hospice | | 209.578.6301

Community Hospice Appoints New Medical Director

Community Hospice Welcomes New Full-Time Medical Director, Dr. Peter Lai

Modesto (August 18, 2021) – On September 1, 2021, Community Hospice, a nonprofit hospice agency serving the Central Valley since 1979, will welcome a new Medical Director. Dr. Peter Lai will serve as a full-time Medical Director serving Community Hospice patients and families throughout the Central Valley including those residing at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Dr. Lai will also play a vital role in the development of new specialty programs for palliative and hospice patients.

“Community Hospice is very pleased and honored to have Dr. Peter Lai accept our Medical Director position,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President and CEO of Community Hospice. “As a respected and dedicated member of our medical community, Dr. Lai has extensive medical expertise and patient involvement, education and leadership skills that fully support our mission. We are proud to welcome him and feel he will be a great addition for our patients and families as well as our Community Hospice family.”

For more than 35 years, Dr. Lai has served in various leadership positions in our community to promote health and wellness. Dr. Lai previously served as the Director of Cardiovascular Research and Chief of Cardiology at Sutter Memorial Medical Center, as well as the Department Chair of Medical Specialties and Chief of Cardiology for Gould Medical Group in Modesto, California. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Society of Cardiac Angiography and Intervention, and a Member of the Heart Rhythm Society, Mayo Clinic Alumni, Stanislaus Medical Society and American Medical Association.

Dr. Lai received his Medical Degree from the National University of Singapore. He completed an Internship in General Medicine at United Christian Hospital, Hong Kong and Internal Medicine Residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Lai furthered his education completing a Fellowship in Cardiology and Angioplasty and received specialized training in Pacemaker Implantation at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. Dr. Lai is licensed by the State of California, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease and Subspecialty Board Certified in Interventional Cardiology.

About Community Hospice

Community Hospice is the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors, embracing individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all. Care extends to more than 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information, call 209.578.6300 or visit

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