Medical Director


Dr. Gary L. Verst joined our team in 2018 after transitioning out of his 30 year Internal Medicine practice at Graves Gilbert Clinic.

Executive Director/Clinical Director


Ellen Sledge, R.N. has been a valued part of Hospice of Southern KY for 26 years.  Ellen first served as Clinical Director for 23 years and became our CEO in 2015. 

Interdisciplinary Team



 The chaplain wants to visit all patients and families, however, you may decline this service. He/she provides spiritual support and encouragement. The chaplain also works alongside your clergy.

Social Workers


 The social worker provides emotional support, help with financial concerns and community resources, and discharge planning. The social worker can help with difficult issues such as explaining death to children, funeral planning and family problems.  

Outpatient Nurses


Hospice outpatient nurses provide the same excellent care as our inpatient nurses but in the comfort of the patient's home, a family member's home, assisted living facility or nursing home.  Where ever the patient calls home.

Inpatient Nurses


 Hospice nurses help identify and relieve physical discomfort through the medical orders given by the physician. The nurse will explain disease progression, treatments, medications, expected changes, and any other questions you might have.

 Hospice of Southern Kentucky is a nonprofit organization that operates under the leadership of a volunteer board. Each board member is a community leader that has brought their talents to HSK, which enables us to operate as the leader in hospice care for South Central Kentucky.  


Executive Board

· Ellen Sledge, Executive Director

· Dot Darby-Paschall, Chair 

· Gail Broady, CPA, Vice Chair

· Kim Vickous, E.D., MSN, RN, Secretary

· Ken Whitley, RN, Past Chair

· Romanza Johnson, Advisor to Chair

· Darcy Tabor, Jr., Treasurer

Board Members

· Dr. Michael Byrne, MD

· Paul Cook

· Charles English, Sr.

· Brenda Gildersleeve

· Diana Goad

· Dr. Catherine Heltsley, MD

· Dr. Jamie Jarboe, MD

· Dr. John Long, PhD

· Dixie Mahurin

· Portia Pennington

· Dr. David Smith, MD

· Pearl Taylor