Dr. Ellen Middendorf is the Medical Director of Hospice of Southern Illinois, a free standing not-for-profit hospice program, celebrating 35 years in 2016. She completed her undergraduate training at St. Louis University in 1996 and graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 2000 with honors. She went on to complete a family practice residency at St. Louis University Belleville Family Practice in 2003, where she served as chief resident. She began her career in family medicine practicing in a rural community; a town of about 3,500 people. She had always enjoyed caring for hospice patients within the scope of her practice and decided to transition to hospice full time in 2014. She chose Hospice of Southern Illinois due to their excellent reputation and high standards for patient and family care.
As she explains her motivation to transition to hospice care,
When approaching the care of our hospice patients, I ensure that each patient and family has an individualized plan of care that fits their needs and desires. I strive to make the unbearable easier and provide support along the way. I have always thought the following quote has been a life lesson well suited for many situations:
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene
I feel truly honored to be blessed with the opportunity to help our patients and families find peace and comfort in the most difficult of circumstances.” – Dr. Ellen Middendorf
Dr. Middendorf currently lives with her husband of 18 years and their 12 year old twins in southern Illinois. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and outdoor activities. She is also an avid Green Bay Packers fan.