Medical Director

Dr. Gary Verst joined our team in 2018.  He comes to us after his practice at Graves Gilbert Clinic as an Internal Medicine Physician for 30 years.

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. 

Core Departments


 The chaplain wants to visit all patients and families, unless you prefer not to receive that service. He/she provides spiritual support and encouragement. The chaplain works with your clergy, as well.

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