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ASERACARE HOSPICE

Dr. Ellis and Dr. DeLaurentis enjoying a health drink after a workout.

Dr. Jennifer Ellis National Medical Director

A native of Clarksville, Dr. Ellis attended Clarksville High School and went on to graduate from Vanderbilt Medical School, completing her residency in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arizona. She earned a Masters of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill and is a board certified Hospice Medical Director. In her work serving now as a National Medical Director for Aseracare Hospice, she oversees AseraCare’s physicians in the eastern United States and is actively involved in training new medical directors and hospice teams for AseraCare. More than just an administrator, she is truly passionate about the work that she does and fostering the team approach to patient care offered by hospice. Providing patients and their families with excellent and holistic medical care focused on offering comfort and maintaining their dignity at the end of life is her greatest goal, and she is dedicated to giving the best experience possible.

Favorite Quote

“A few conclusions become clear when we understand this: that our most cruel failure in how we treat the sick and the aged is the failure to recognize that they have priorities beyond merely being safe and living longer; that the chance to shape one’s story is essential to sustaining meaning in life; that we have the opportunity to refashion our institutions, our culture, and our conversations in ways that transform the possibilities for the last chapters of everyone’s lives.”—Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Dr. Nikkalynn DeLaurentis Medical Director

Originally from the Chicago area, Dr. DeLaurentis attended Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in Family Practice. Her work in Family Practice gave her a great awarenss of the need for better end of life care and inspired her to become board certified in Hospice and Palliative Care in 2009. She now serves as one of Aseracare Clarksville’s Medical Directors and started her practice, Goals of Care, in an effort to better serve her patients with options and provide open communication about healthcare goals. Driven by her passion for hospice and palliative care, she loves to educate patients, families, nurses, and other members of the Clarksville community about the benefits offered by hospice and better inform them about the ways that it provides physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual care to patients as well as their family and friends.

Favorite Quote

“The person who chooses hospice does not choose death, rather they choose to lay down the burden of disproportionate medical intervention.”—Ira Byock

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