Amir J. Hamad, Joins Alive’s Board of Directors

We’re excited to welcome new Board member, Amir J. Hamad, MHA, BSN. As the VP/CNO for Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West, he brings a wealth of experience to Alive in both patient and staff care.

He oversees the nursing practice, including nursing education and professional development, nursing administration and nursing services. He holds a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) from The University of Arkansas Grantham and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Radford University.

“Not only is Amir J. Hamad a passionate advocate for quality end-of-life care,” said Joseph K. Hampe, Alive’s COO and interim CEO, “he brings a wealth of relevant experience to both the patient care and administrative sides of Alive. We are honored to have him on the Board.”

“As the VP/Chief Nursing Officer of one of Nashville’s largest and most complex hospitals, I frequently see what hospice care does for our community members,” said Amir J. Hamad. “I am so proud to have Alive within our community, supporting individuals and their families through the most difficult times of their lives. Being part of a team dedicated to such a compassionate cause is an honor.”

Six key things Amir wants everyone to know about hospice care:

  1. Compassionate Care: Hospice in Middle Tennessee provides compassionate, patient-centered care focused on improving the quality of life for individuals with terminal illnesses. It aims to offer comfort, dignity and support.
  2. Holistic Approach: Hospice care addresses not just physical symptoms but also emotional, spiritual and social needs. It supports both patients and their families during a challenging time.
  3. Support for Families: Hospice services extend to family members, with counseling, respite care and bereavement support, ensuring they are not alone in their journey.
  4. Quality of Life: The goal of hospice is to enhance the quality of life, not to hasten or delay death. It allows patients to spend their remaining time as comfortably and meaningfully as possible.
  5. Early Involvement: Engaging hospice services early in the diagnosis of a terminal illness can provide more comprehensive support and allow patients and families to fully benefit from the available resources.
  6. Misconceptions: Hospice is not about giving up hope but about redefining hope to focus on comfort, peace, and quality of life. It’s an empowering choice that provides control over how one’s final days are spent.