Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis Administrator Dionne Thompson recently announced the promotion of Deborah Slay to serve as director of clinical services.
A Granite City resident, Slay began her journey with Unity Hospice three years ago as registered nurse case manager. Six months later, she became patient care coordinator for Unity Hospice’s Collinsville and St. Louis offices.
As patient care coordinator, Slay was responsible for directing patient care activities and supervising the clinical staff, which included registered nurse case managers, visiting nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers and chaplains. Additionally, she was responsible for the quality assurance activities, keeping the staff educated on patient care and regulatory issues, as well as continuing to educate patients and their families on the hospice mission, pain management and continuing care requirements.
In her new role, Slay will manage all clinical staff and oversee patient care. She will play an integral role in making sure the delivery of Unity Hospice care exceeds patient and family expectations, while following hospice and palliative regulatory requirements and accreditation standards. Slay also will manage continuing educational programs and in-service training for all employees, volunteer services, medical records, referral coordination and bereavement services offered by Unity Hospice.
Slay first came to Unity Hospice in 2012 with more than 15 years of management experience in acute care. More recently before Unity Hospice, she served as director of nursing at a local long-term care facility for four years.
An East Coast native, Slay received her nursing degree from Wesley College in Dover, Del. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, cooking and spending time with her family.