March 4, 2011

SRMC Names Leila August, M.D., Medical Director of Sumner Hospice

Sumner Regional Medical Center has named Leila August, M.D., medical director of Sumner Hospice, the hospital’s end of life care program. 

Dr. August, a board-certified family practice physician, has been a member of the medical staff team at SRMC since August 2002. She has been a Sumner Hospice medical staff physician since early 2010, and has focused the last two years of her practice on treating geriatric patients in long-term care facilities.

As full time medical director of Sumner Hospice, Dr. August sees patients in their homes within 15 days of admission, and periodically thereafter.  She also provides 24-hour consultant care for all Hospice patients, including home visits if needed for symptom management, and provides daily visits to Sumner Hospice’s inpatients.

“Hospice provides care and emotional support to patients and families during a difficult time in their lives.  At Sumner Hospice, we’re already a part of their community; we can bring that care closer to home,” said Dr. August. “I consider myself lucky to be joining such a wonderfully capable and experienced staff.”

Dr. August completed medical school at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and completed her residency at Memorial Center for Family Medicine, Chattanooga, as part of East Tennessee State University’s residency program. She is a member of the Tennessee Medical Association, American Academy of Family Practice, Tennessee Academy of Family Practice, and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

“Dr. August will do an excellent job providing medical leadership at Sumner Hospice,” said Mary Jo Lewis, CEO of SRMC. “She is a highly respected member of our medical staff team at SRMC, and she knows our hospital and the hospice program well. We are fortunate to have her serving the patients of Sumner Hospice in this new capacity.”


Dr. August and her husband reside in Sumner County.


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