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Dr. William Elder Returns as Medical Director of Hospice

KNOX COUNTY — Hospice of Knox County, a member of Hospice of North Central Ohio, has named Dr. William Elder as its medical director. He had served in this role from 1992 to 2012.

A longtime supporter of hospice care and palliative medicine, Dr. Elder practices family medicine at American Health Network in Fredericktown and serves as medical director of Country Court Nursing Center in Mount Vernon.

Elder graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1972 and from The Ohio State University in 1976 with a major in microbiology. His medical degree was attained at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton. Upon completion of a family practice residency at Wright State Affiliated Hospitals, Elder was board certified in the field of family practice. In July of 1983, he opened a family practice in his hometown of Fredericktown and joined American Health Network of Ohio in 1996. He recertified in 2016 and is an Assistant Professor at NEUOCOM-ED.

Elder has served the Knox County community in several capacities through the years including team physician for Fredericktown High School for more than 25 years; chief of staff and board of directors member for Knox Community Hospital, and president of the Knox County Medical Society. Elder also enjoys working with students.

In addition to several other awards, Elder was honored as the Ohio Family Physician of the Year and Distinguished Rural Health Practitioner in the State of Ohio, both in 1994; a top-10 finalist for the American Family Physician of the Year in 1995; the Red Cross Health Care Hero in 2006; and the VNA Physician of the Year for Knox County in 2008.

In his spare time, Elder enjoys construction projects, travel and has entertained the community with numerous floats during the Fredericktown Tomato Festival. He is a member of Fredericktown United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Mary Ann, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary next year. They have three children: Elizabeth, finishing her first year of fellowship in child psychiatry; Laura, a special needs teacher; and Tim, who works locally with New Hope; and six beautiful grandchildren.

Dr. Elder will take on medical directorship duties at Hospice of Knox County on June 21. For more information on Hospice of Knox County, call 740-397-5188.

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