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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

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: 12/31/14

Vice President
Sarah Willson
Hospice Commpassus - Central Missouri
600 Monroe St, Ste 100
Jefferson City, MO  65101
Phone: 573-556-3547
Email: sarah.wilson@hospicecom.com
Term Expires: 12/31/14

Jim Pierce
Hands of Hope Hospice
137 North Belt Highway
St. Joseph, MO 64506
Phone: 816-271-7190
Email: Jim.L.Pierce@heartland-health.com
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
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
Email: joyd@lpha.mopublic.org
Term Expires:  12/31/14

Kim Logan
NorthCare Hospice
2900 Clay Edwards Dr.
Kansas City, Mo  64116
Phone:  816-691-5119  Fax: 816-346-7119
Email: klogan@northcarehospice.org
Term Expires: 12/31/15

Cinda Bryant
VNA Southeast Missouri
P.O. Box 768
Kennett, MO  63857
Phone:  573-888-0538
Email: cbryant@vnasemo.com
Term Expires: 12/31/14

Arthur D. Hanson
Oxford Health Care
1550 E. Sunshine
Springfield, Mo 65804
Phone: 417-987-9744 or 800-749-6555
Email: dewane.hansen@oxfordhealthcare.net
Term Expires: 12/31/15

Mary Dyck
Riverway Hospice
114 East Main Street
West Plains, MO  65775
Phone:  417-256-3133
Email:  mary.dyck@ozarksmedicalcenter.com
Term Expires: 12/31/14

Palliative Care Seat
Michelle Schultz
SSM St. Mary's
6420 Clayton Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63117
Phone:  314-768-8652
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
Sarah Willson, Chair
Jim Pierce, Board Liaison
Nancy Clemons
Elaine McIntosh
Kim Logan
Michelle Schultz
Candance Bartlett

Professional Education Committee
Sarah Willson, Chair
Amanda McKenzie
Mary Reichert
Beck Schubert
Debbie Joy
Elizabeth Lee
Deb Barger
Susan Madget
Barbara Westland, Board Liaison

Hospice Social Work Committee
Tammy Forbeck, Chair
Cinda Bryant, Board Liaison
Tammy Forbeck
Vicki Mears
April Esquivel

Hospice Nurse Committee
Mary Phillips, Chair
Deb Barger, Secretary
Susan Madget
Helen Cornio
Tammy Quattlebaum
Mary Phillips
William Barkemeyer
Elizabeth Lee
Robin Carnett, Board Liaison

Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Committee
Sue Risch, Chair
Maureen Fox
Bonnie Krause
Karen Goodson
Debra Fisher
JoAnn Cole
Leslie Simon
Sarah Willson, Board Liason

Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplain Committee
Robert Reagan-Chair 
Daryn Holdsworth, Secretary
Joel Whiteside
Jim Tsapelas, Education Liaison
Steve Sewell
Dennis Jones
Mark Steffen
James Stuck
Richard Sullivan
Sharon Orlet
Charley Shurtz
Greg Volpitto
Diana Taylor
Van Williams
Jim Davis
Franklin Reagan
Kim Logan, Board Liaison

Bereavement Committee
Jackie Bustamante, Chair
Tisha Mundy, Co-Chair
Rick Deno, Education Chair
Deborah Andrews, Publication Chair
Mike Funderburgh, Community Chair
Joanna McDowell

Hospice Advisory Council (Appointed by the Department of Health for Hospice State Certification)
Yvonne Schwandt, Chair
Debbie Joy
Brenda Lovelady
Shelia Beussink

Palliative Care Committee
Michelle Schultz, Secretary & Board Liason 

Veterans Committee
JoAnn Cole -Chair
Pam Ryan - Secretary
Julie Fairchild
Nadyne Frazier
Andrea Mayfield
Ron McCullough
Michael McKelvey
Page Wichern
Bridget Card
Melissa Tinklepaugh
Mary Dyck, Board Liason

Staff List

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