Dr. Denise Clark is the new senior medical director of the hospice and palliative care program for VITAS Healthcare serving Lake and Sumter counties according to a recent press release. She leads a multidisciplinary team that provides patients and caregivers the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support needed to deal with end-of-life issues.
“Dr. Clark’s compassion and clinical expertise are reflected in the exceptional quality of hospice and palliative care VITAS provides for those near the end of life,” said Jillian Madsen, a registered nurse and general manager for VITAS Healthcare in Lake and Sumter counties. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Clark to our growing team serving this community.”
As senior medical director, Dr. Clark will oversee the palliative care program for patients with terminal cancer and a cardiac care program for patients with end-stage heart failure and other cardiac conditions. This will include access to evidence-based cardiac care alongside holistic end-of-life care.
“My goal as senior medical director is to work with my fellow clinicians in the Lake-Sumter community to ensure our patients receive end-of-life care that aligns with their wishes and values,” said Dr. Clark. “Moreover, I’m committed to educating patients, families, physicians, and staff about the role quality end-of-life care can have in helping a patient achieve a comfortable and peaceful transition to their next journey.”
Board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, Dr. Clark joined VITAS in 2010 after two decades in private practice. Most recently she served as a medical director in central Florida. In addition to her position at VITAS, Dr. Clark is on the faculty of Florida State University College of Medicine as a clinical assistant professor. She is also on the National Faculty of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.
Dr. Clark received her doctoral degree in osteopathic medicine at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri, the oldest osteopathic medical school in the country. She completed her internship at Dallas-Fort Worth Medical Center, a residency in family medicine at Florida Hospital-East Orlando, and a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Florida, serving as chief resident her third year.
VITAS office is located at 127 North Bay Street, Suite 200, Eustis, FL 32726. For more information about VITAS services, call (877) 848-2701 or visit VITAS.com.