Leadership Team

Medical Directors

Dr. Alice Inouye, Medical Director

Dr. Inouye joined Good Samaritan Hospice in June of 2011. She graduated from Tufts University School Medicine in 1978, did a family practice residency in Winston-Salem, N.C. and then became a solo rural family practitioner in the hills of North Carolina delivering babies and caring for families for 10 years. She then moved to Roanoke, VA, and was a teacher of family medicine in the Family Practice Residency Program at Roanoke Memorial Hospital for 14 years. In November 2003, she embarked in a solo private house call practice caring for those patients housebound and chronically or terminally ill. She is now continuing care for the few patients in the house call practice while enjoying the team care of patients and families in Good Samaritan Hospice.

Dr. William Fintel, Associate Medical Director

Dr. Fintel has been with Good Samaritan Hospice as a medical director for nearly twenty years. After graduating from the University of Minnesota medical school in 1983, he completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Virginia. He is presently an oncologist with the Blue Ridge Cancer Center, where he has been since 2000. He has written a handful of publications about coping and living with cancer. When he is not seeing patients or writing, Dr. Fintel spends time with his wife, Connie, and their four sons.

Dr. Chris Pile, Associate Medical Director

Dr. Pile is a family physician, specialty boarded in hospice and palliative medicine since 2003. He has been a physician leader for many hospice teams in Central and Southwest Virginia. He was the first Chief of Palliative Medicine at the Carilion Clinic and the founding director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. He has been the lead physician for the POST project in Virginia since 2007 and is the chairman of the Executive Committee for the Virginia POST Collaborative. He spends his free time with his wife, Patty, and their two children, Justin and Lauren.

Leadership Team

Sue Ranson, President/CEO

Sue Moore Ranson is co-founder and President/CEO of Good Samaritan Hospice, the first community-based, not-for-profit, Medicare-certified hospice in the Roanoke Valley. She has an M.S.N. from the University of Virginia and a B.S.N. from the University of Maryland. She is past board chair for the Virginia Association for Hospices and currently chairs the Public Policy Committee. She is on the Futures Board of the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology and College of Health Sciences Nursing Education Advisory Committee. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, has three children, one grandchild, and is a member of First Church of the Brethren, Roanoke.

Board of Directors

  • Mike Abbott, PharmD, MBA – Lewis Gale Medical Center
  • Jack Ballenger, MD – Valley Nephrology Associates
  • Scott Berglund – Elk Hill Advisors
  • Reginald Davis
  • Wayne Epperly, Sec/Treas – First Citizens Bank
  • Heather Gearhart – Warm Hearth Village
  • Kay Hix
  • Mary Ann Johnson
  • Rhona Levine – Coleman & Massey PC
  • Linda Manns – Loudon Ave Christian Church
  • C. A. Nottingham, MD – Carilion Family Medicine
  • Sue Ranson (ex officio) – Good Samaritan Hospice
  • Chuck Reedy
  • Melissa Robinson – Glenn Robinson & Cathey PLC
  • Sanjoy Saha, MD – Lewis Gale Medical Center
  • George Smith, MD
  • Margot Thompson