SOURCE Caris Healthcare
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Caris Healthcare, an $81 million hospice provider with facilities in Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina, welcomes this week Gail Gazelle, M.D., FACP, FAAHPM, as Chief Medical Officer to its executive staff in Knoxville. Dr. Gazelle served as a hospice medical director for more than 15 years and will continue working as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
"I chose to join Caris because, in addition to the outstanding care all staff provide to patients and families, I was impressed by the wonderful level of integrity and compassion that is at the heart of the company," said Dr. Gazelle. "I have experience with many hospices across the nation, and I have never seen one that walks the walk the way Caris does."
In addition to being a distinguished physician in the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Gazelle is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Gazelle also works as a certified professional coach for physicians and physician leaders across the country.
"Caris is thrilled to introduce Dr. Gazelle to our medical team," said Norman McRae, founder, President and CEO of Caris Healthcare. "Caris has 40 physician medical directors, who along with our nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and family services team work to keep patients comfortable. Dr. Gazelle's unique background and professional experience in healthcare and career coaching will help Caris professionals continue to provide superior hospice care."
Since its inception in 2003, Caris has touched more than 26,000 lives through its services and compassionate care for hospice patients. For two consecutive years, it has exceeded national scores in key performance indicators for symptom management of pain, nausea, dyspnea and anxiety by up to 46 percent according to Strategic Healthcare Programs, LLC. Caris strives to be the leader in hospice care so it can continue to provide support for patients and their families when and where it is needed most.
About Caris Healthcare
Caris believes in providing compassionate care to every patient it serves. Since Caris was founded in 2003 as a partnership between the McRae family and National HealthCare Corporation, it has touched more than 26,000 lives. This service has been possible because of Caris' strong commitment to its patients, their families and its healthcare partners.
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