Lower Cape Fear Hospice names chief medical officer

ELIZABETHTOWN — Lower Cape Fear Hospice recently named Kelly Erola, MD, FAAHPM, FAAFP, as chief medical officer. In this position, Erola will set standards for the medical component of patient care programs; supervise agency medical directors; provide medical direction and guidance; and operate as a member of the agency’s senior leadership team, and make policy recommendations to shape the agency’s strategic direction. As CMO, she will also function as the senior medical liaison between LCFH and the medical community, and community-at-large, to build effective relationships with referring physicians and healthcare systems.

Dr. Erola graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a degree in Physical Therapy; received a medical degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario; and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa Canada. She is board certified in hospice and palliative care medicine and has been involved full-time in palliative care since 2002.

She moved with her family from Canada to Georgia in 1995 and is now a United States citizen. For the past 16 years, Erola was the chief medical officer for Hospice Savannah, Inc. and physician leader of the Steward Center for Palliative Care, Inc. She was also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia where she was involved in teaching hospice and palliative care to residents and medical students.

“We are excited to add Dr. Kelly Erola to our team as the agency’s first chief medical officer,” said Gwen Whitely, President and CEO. “This position will be key to realizing our strategic goals and further our mission to provide the highest level of care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illnesses.”

Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illness; support and counseling to families; and education to the community. For more information, visit lcfh.org.