Mission Statement | Bylaws | Awards | Board of Directors | Committees | Staff

Mission Statement

Lead, support and strengthen Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Providers.


The Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association:
Promotes the hospice concept of care for terminally ill patients and their families; Promotes an understanding among health care professionals of the needs and resources available to the terminally ill patient and family; Promotes communication among existing hospice programs and developing programs within Missouri and at the regional and national levels of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization; Promotes improved health care legislation, regulation of standards for hospice care at all governmental levels and responsive reimbursement plans; Promote education for the general public pertinent to the hospice concept; and to promote research in the field of hospice care.

The Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association is the state-wide not-for-profit organization who mission is to support and strengthen coordinated care for terminally ill Missourians and their families through the advancement of hospice and palliative care. MHPCA was incorporated in January 1980 and received its 501(c)3 Tax exempt non-profit status in January of 1981. For eleven years MHPCA was supported solely by volunteer efforts. In 1991 a part-time Executive Secretary was hired to assist with the increasing organizational and communication needs. In 1992 MHPCA through the encouragement of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)and in an effort to strengthen state organization hired a full-time Executive Director. Through the years, MHPCA has provided educational and technical assistance to the growing number of hospice programs in the state encouraging the growth and quality of service. Missouri hospices are linked in partnership with one another. Missouri hospices all have a goal of serving terminally ill patients and their families. Missouri hospices share resources, ideas, support and encouragement with one another. Three primary goals of the organization are:

  • Quality of Hospice Care

  • Accessibility of Hospice Care

  • Awareness of Hospice Care


MHPCA Awards-Heart of Hospice


2009 Winners
Program Award Winner -BJC Hospice
Employee Award Winner -Kathy Fetters
Adminstrative Volunteer Winner - Fran, Flo & Joe Kostelnik
Patient Volunteer Winner - Ken Klindworth
Life Time Acheivement Winner - Jess Roberts, MD
Visionary Award Winner - William Colby

2010 Winners
Program Award Winner - HospiceCare, Inc
Employee Award Winner - Christine Castellani
Adminstrative Volunteer Award Winner - Jeanie Hargas
Patient Care Volunteer Award Winner - Rick Smith
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Yvonne Schwandt

2011 Winners
Porgram Award Winner - BJC Hospice
Employee Award Winner - Terry Pettis, Hands of Hope Hospice
Adminstrative Volunteer Award Winner - Doris Lisenby, Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care
Patient Care Volunteer Award Winner - Janet Dobson, St. John's Mercy Hospice
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Dr. Bernard Shore, BJC Hospice

2012 Winners
Program Award Winner - Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care
Employee Award Winner - Renee Jenkins - Oxford Care
Adminstrative Volunteer Award Winner - Mary Bales - Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care
Patient Care Volunteer Award Winner - Robert "Jeff" Chapin - Pathways
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Ron McCullough - Crossroads

2013 Winners
Program Award Winner - NorthCare Hospice & Palliative Care
Employee Award Winner - Anna Learke - Pathways
Adminstrative Volunteer Award Winner - Lois Jones - Groves Community Hospice
Patient Care Volunteer Award Winner - Jim Parker - Kansas City Hospice
Hospice Aid Award Winner - Lucretia Long - Integrity Hospice
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Elizabeth Letourneau-Lee - Oxford Care
Visionary Award Winner - David Oliver

2014 Winners
Program Award Winner - Wings on Wheels - BJC Hospice
Hospice Aid Winner - Penny Allen - Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care
Hospice Employee Award Winner - Donna Turner - Oxford Healthcare & Hospice
Hospice Adminstrative Volunteer Award Winner - Carol Barnett - Kansas City Hospice
Hospice Patient Care Volunteer Award Winner - Debbie Kolb - SSM Hospice
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Shirlee Poore - Hospice Compassus

2015 Winners
Visionary Award Winner - Cordt Kassner, PhD - Hospice Analytics
Program Award Winner - Peaceful Harmony Music - SSM Hospice
Hospice Aide Award Winner - Alene Martin - VNA of Greater St. Louis
Employee Award Winner - Joel Carmer - Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care
Administrative Volunteer Award Winner - Jack Brunjes - NorthCare Hospice & Palliative Care
Patient Care Volunteer Award Winner - Bob Gilliam - Serenity Hospice
Life Time Achievement Award Winner - Kim Logan - NorthCare Hospice & Palliative Care

Board of Directors

Robin Carnett
Hearland Home HealthCare & Hospice
12101 Woodcrest Executive Dr., #102
St. Louis, MO  63141
Phone: 314-453-0990 Fax: 314-453-0290
Email: 4608DON@hcr-manorcare.com
Term Expires: 12/31/15

Vice President
Diane Chappell
Tri-County Hospice Services, Inc.
1523 Bus. Hwy. 60, Suite 3
P.O. Box 909
Dexter, MO  63841
Phone: 573-614-4000 Fax: 573-614-4442
Email: dchappell@pyramidhhs.com
Term Expires: 12/31/15

Helen Cassidy
Mercy Hospice
1709 Heritage Hills Dr.
Washington, MO 63090
Phone: 636-239-7128 Fax: 636-239-5742
Email: helen.cassidy@mercy.net
Term Expires: 12/31/15

Elaine McIntosh
Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care
9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64114
Phone: 816-363-2600
Fax: 816-523-0068 Fax: 816-523-0068
Email: emcintosh@kchospice.org
Term Expires: 12/31/15

Stephanie Byrum
Hospice of NE Missouri
201 S. Baltimore, Ste. C
Kirksville, MO 63501
Phone: 660-627-9711 Fax: 660-627-7005
Email: sabyrum@cableone.net
Term Expires: 12/31/15

Debbie Joy
Benton County Hospice
1238 Commercial Way
P.O. Box 935
Warsaw, MO  65355
Phone: 660-438-2876 Fax: 660-438-5746
Email: joyd@lpha.mopublic.org
Term Expires:  12/31/16

Pam Barrett
NorthCare Hospice
2900 Clay Edwards Dr.
Kansas City, MO  64116
Phone:  816-691-5119  Fax: 816-346-7119
Email: pbarrett@northcarehospice.org
Term Expires: 12/31/15

Cinda Bryant
VNA Southeast Missouri
P.O. Box 768
Kennett, MO  63857
Phone: 800-286-5892 Fax: 573-888-0538
Email: cbryant@vnasemo.com
Term Expires: 12/31/16

Lisa Heisserer
St. Luke's Hospice Services
111 S. Woods Mill Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: 314-205-6707 Fax: 314-205-6457
Email: lisa.heisserer@stlukes-stl.com
Term Expires: 12/31/16

Gerald Wilmes
SSM Hospice of Northwest Missouri
1912 S. Main
Maryville, MO 64468
Phone: 660-562-1350 Fax: 660-562-7914
Email: Gerald_Wilmes@ssmhc.com
Term Expires: 12/31/16

Arthur Hansen
Oxford Healthcare Hospice
1550 E. Sunshine
Springfield, MO 65804
Phone: 417-883-7500 Fax: 417-841-2850
Email: dewane.hansen@oxfordhealthcare.net
Term Expires: 12/31/16

Palliative Care Seat
Michelle Schultz
SSM St. Mary's
6420 Clayton Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63117
Phone: 314-768-8652 Fax: 314-768-8657
Email: michelle_schultz@ssmhc.com
Term Expires: 12/31/15


Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association solicits MHPCA member involvement on committees. To learn more about such opportunities click on: Call for Committee Participation

Governmental Affairs Committee
Michelle Schultz
Kim Logan

Professional Education Committee
Diane Chappell, Chair & Board Liasion
Debbie Joy
Pam Barrett
Jane Moore
Sue Risch
Janet Hessenflow
Ketti Dawson
Nancy Clemons
Elizabeth Lee
Bob Reagan
Tammy Forbeck
Julia Vandervelde

Hospice Social Work Committee
Tammy Forbeck, Chair
Cinda Bryant, Board Liaison
April Esquivel
Mike Shalinsky
Mendy Henson

Hospice Nurse Committee
Robin Carnett, Chair & Board Liaison
Nancy Bishop
Tammy Quattlebaum
Elizabeth Lee

Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Committee
Sue Risch, Chair
Arthur Hansen, Board Liaison
Bonnie Krause
Karen Goodson
Debra Fisher
JoAnn Cole
Dale Willis
Hattie Kennedy

Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplain Committee
Steve Sewell, Chair
Kim Logan, Board Liaison
Jeffrey Bapst, Sr.
Eunice Blain
Larry Cooper
Greg Volpitto
Diana Taylor
Jim Davis
Bob Reagan

Bereavement Committee
 Renee Jenins, Chair
Stephanie Byrum, Board Liasion
Rick Deno, Education Chair
Jony Lootens,Community Chair

Hospice Advisory Council (Appointed by the Department of Health for Hospice State Certification)
Yvonne Schwandt, Chair
Debbie Joy
Brenda Lovelady
Vicky Schnurbusch
Cheryl Pappas
Roxanne Reed Wilson

Palliative Care Committee
Michelle Schultz, Chair & Board Liason
Dr. Clay Anderson
Dr. Lindy Landzaat
Dr. Paul Tatum
Dr. Kate Ponzillo
Phillip Beyer
David Dennis
Peggy Kurlandski
Kathleen Meyer
Elin Cogan-Adewunmi
Carla Beckerle
Diane Pierce
Yvonne Schwandt   

Veterans Committee
JoAnn Cole -Chair
Julie Fairchild
Carla Hustead
Bruce Leisy
Dale Chavis
Cheryl Culver
Bruce Bray
Dale Willis
Melissa Tinklepaugh
David Wilson
Denise Coder
Elizabeth Nelson
Erin Lampkin
Jane Moore
Janean Miller
Lori Wagoner
Mark Burkey
Mel mcMorris
Nicole Patterson
Sarah Layton
Patty Poore
Melissa Ringes
Carla Roberts
Tracy Galloway
Jeanine Thomas
Cynthia Wells

Staff List

Jane Moore

Jane Moore

Crystal Ramsey
Program Development Specialist

Kim Morelock
Education Coordinator

 Aimee Terrell
Administrative Assistant