Clinical

Caris is possible because of the hard work and compassion of our many employees, volunteers and medical directors. Near the end of life, Caris strives to provide care to patients in the locale of their preference by an interdisciplinary team made up of a nurse, aide, social worker, chaplain, and volunteer who are all supervised by a physician and supported by pharmacists and nurse practitioners. Our goal is to provide everyone who needs hospice an experience that is grounded in excellence by a team of caregivers who are available when needed, day and night, to respond with urgency.

Caregiver Team

  • Medical Directors: Caris medical directors supervise the care of all Caris patients. Medical directors review cases for appropriate admission to hospice, assist team and primary physician with development and approval of a care plan, review and update the plan every 15 days, act as a liaison between the hospice and other health care providers, oversee the education and training of hospice staff, act as a primary physician for those who do not have one, and certify the life expectancy of the patient in consultation with the primary physician.
  • Skilled Nursing Professionals: Nurses employed by Caris are trained in hospice and palliative care. They possess pain-management expertise and understand how to relieve the suffering associated with a life-limiting illness. Our nurses make regularly-scheduled visits to the patient’s home and our on-call nursing team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in case of emergencies. The nurses at Caris also provide patient and family education as needed.
  • Certified Nursing Aides: Our qualified certified nursing aides provide a wide range of personal care services for hospice patients, under the direction and supervision of one of the registered nurses at Caris Healthcare. Duties include feeding patients, helping keep patients clean, etc.
  • Chaplains:  Spiritual distress can be just as agonizing as physical pain. A chaplain is available to each patient upon request. Our chaplains offer spiritual support for both the terminally ill individual and his/her family. They also assist with funeral arrangements and memorial services as needed.
  • Social Workers: All of the social workers employed by Caris Healthcare have an advanced degree in their field. They provide emotional support to hospice patients and their loved ones through individual and group counseling. Our social workers offer guidance to help patients better utilize all available Medicare, Medicaid, and/or private insurance benefits. If a family needs additional financial assistance, our social workers will identify and access community resources on the family’s behalf.  They also assist with completing advance directives, funeral planning and family education.
  • Bereavement Counselors: Caris Healthcare provides comfort and assistance to loved ones dealing with grief for at least 13 months following the hospice patient’s death. Our bereavement services are extensive and include individual counseling, ongoing grief support groups and quarterly memorial services. All of the bereavement counselors employed by Caris Healthcare have extensive education and expertise in grief management and counseling. Their services are free of charge.
  • Volunteers: Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Caris Healthcare team. All of our volunteers receive specialized training to provide companionship and support to hospice patients and their families. Each Caris Healthcare patient is offered the assistance of a hospice volunteer who is available to sit with the patient, run errands and perform household chores among other duties.
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Exceptional Service

“I could never have words to tell my gratitude to Caris and their caring and compassionate staff! You are truly angels of mercy!” —   Maria S.
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“I could never have words to tell my gratitude to Caris and their caring and compassionate staff! You are truly angels of mercy!” —   Maria S.
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Exceptional Service

“I feel at Caris, we add life to days, not days to live.” —   Dr. Jamie Oakley
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“I feel at Caris, we add life to days, not days to live.” —   Dr. Jamie Oakley
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Outstanding Patient Care

All Caris hospice teams include a nurse on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
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All Caris hospice teams include a nurse on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
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Operational Excellence

In 2014, the Caris Myrtle Beach, SC and Somerville, TN offices received the Deyta Hospice Honors Award for achieving the highest levels of patient satisfaction.
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In 2014, the Caris Myrtle Beach, SC and Somerville, TN offices received the Deyta Hospice Honors Award for achieving the highest levels of patient satisfaction.
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Exceptional Service

“The Caris hospice team was wonderful! My family could not have asked for any better care than what was given to my father. The nurses would talk to us as if they had no other patients at all. Please don’t change any of the care that you provide.”

—   Janie B.
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“The Caris hospice team was wonderful! My family could not have asked for any better care than what was given to my father. The nurses would talk to us as if they had no other patients at all. Please don’t change any of the care that you provide.” —   Janie B.
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Outstanding Patient Care

Ninety-three percent of Caris employees say they intend to stay with Caris for the next several years.
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Ninety-three percent of Caris employees say they intend to stay with Caris for the next several years.
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Exceptional Service

“Why wait to call? I’d much rather have my husband comfortable for six months than six days.” —   Mallory B.
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“Why wait to call? I’d much rather have my husband comfortable for six months than six days.” —   Mallory B.
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“Caris came into my son’s life at a time when he really needed kindness shown to him and I’m really thankful.” —   Roberta M.
2014-03-05T21:06:20+00:00
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“Caris came into my son’s life at a time when he really needed kindness shown to him and I’m really thankful.” —   Roberta M.
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Exceptional Service

“Our hospice nurse showed great care while working with my mom, and gave me tremendous support. God bless you all and Caris for doing what you do at the end of someone’s life.” —   Susan T.
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“Our hospice nurse showed great care while working with my mom, and gave me tremendous support. God bless you all and Caris for doing what you do at the end of someone’s life.” —   Susan T.
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Exceptional Service

“I would like to thank the whole Caris team for their thoughtfulness. They made sure about my husband’s dignity and helped us to fulfill his last wishes. The Caris team that cared for Billy and the way you helped us was very special. There was always someone to give us that little touch so we could go that next step.” —   Margie W.
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“I would like to thank the whole Caris team for their thoughtfulness. They made sure about my husband’s dignity and helped us to fulfill his last wishes. The Caris team that cared for Billy and the way you helped us was very special. There was always someone to give us that little touch so we could go that next step.” —   Margie W.
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Exceptional Service

“It takes special people to bear so many people’s burdens at such a critical time. I wouldn’t have done without Caris.” —   Mallory B.
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“It takes special people to bear so many people’s burdens at such a critical time. I wouldn’t have done without Caris.” —   Mallory B.
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Operational Excellence

In 2008, Caris was awarded the prestigious Excellence Award from the Tennessee Center of Performance Excellence.
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In 2008, Caris was awarded the prestigious Excellence Award from the Tennessee Center of Performance Excellence.
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Exceptional Service

“Caris cares for and makes life easier for my patients and their families at the most difficult time of their lives. Caris helps my patients leave this life comfortably; both psychologically as well as physically.”
– Dr. Burgin Dossett
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“Caris cares for and makes life easier for my patients and their families at the most difficult time of their lives. Caris helps my patients leave this life comfortably; both psychologically as well as physically.” – Dr. Burgin Dossett
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Operational Excellence

In 2014, the Caris Johnson City office was recognized by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization as a Level 4 “We Honor Veterans” partner.
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In 2014, the Caris Johnson City office was recognized by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization as a Level 4 “We Honor Veterans” partner.
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Outstanding Patient Care

Eighty-eight percent of Caris employees say they would be likely to recommend Caris as one of the best places to work in the community.
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Eighty-eight percent of Caris employees say they would be likely to recommend Caris as one of the best places to work in the community.
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Exceptional Service

“Calling Caris wasn’t giving up on my wife. It was just the opposite – it gave her more.” —   Donald M.
2014-03-05T21:05:58+00:00
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“Calling Caris wasn’t giving up on my wife. It was just the opposite – it gave her more.” —   Donald M.
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Operational Excellence

In 2011, Caris Director of Family Services David Fleming was awarded the Champion of Excellence award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.
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In 2011, Caris Director of Family Services David Fleming was awarded the Champion of Excellence award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.
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Exceptional Service

“It was so beneficial to have someone with vast experience who could answer our questions so that we could feel that Mom was receiving the best care possible at all times. This service is so important to those whose life is ending as well as their families.” —   Gary M.
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“It was so beneficial to have someone with vast experience who could answer our questions so that we could feel that Mom was receiving the best care possible at all times. This service is so important to those whose life is ending as well as their families.” —   Gary M.
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Operational Excellence

In 2013, Caris was awarded the Pinnacle Award for Business Excellence in the large business category by the Knoxville Chamber.
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In 2013, Caris was awarded the Pinnacle Award for Business Excellence in the large business category by the Knoxville Chamber.
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Operational Excellence

In 2010, Caris was honored by a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award visit.
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In 2010, Caris was honored by a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award visit.
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Outstanding Patient Care

Caris is grateful and honored to have touched the lives of more than 26,000 patients and their families in the last 10 years.
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Caris is grateful and honored to have touched the lives of more than 26,000 patients and their families in the last 10 years.