OUR STORY

ABOUT US

As the largest not-for-profit hospice provider in Michigan, we offer comfort and peace for patients and their loved ones.

HISTORY

A Legacy of Caring

At Hospice of Michigan, we believe no one should face the end of life alone. Everyone has the right to spend their final months free of physical, emotional and spiritual pain in an environment where they are most secure. By providing exceptional medical care to patients and expert caregiver support – delivered by capable, dedicated, compassionate professionals – we help families focus on what’s most important to them.

Founded more than 40 years ago by a diverse group of community volunteers, Hospice of Michigan is the state’s pioneer not-for-profit hospice organization. Today, Hospice of Michigan serves more than 4,000 patients annually in 50 counties across the lower peninsula. As the most experienced provider of hospice care in Michigan, Hospice of Michigan is also the largest not-for-profit hospice in the state, and among the largest recognized 501c3 not-for-profit advanced illness management organizations in the nation.

Hospice of Michigan provides care for all—regardless of age, diagnosis, or financial circumstances. Last year, our commitment extended $4 million beyond what was reimbursed by insurance. Because we welcome those who are uninsured, or whose treatment is more expensive than what other hospices can provide, we depend on the financial support of donors for the treatments, medications, services, grief support, and spiritual care of patients and families in need.

HOSPICE OF MICHIGAN FOUNDATION

The Hospice of Michigan Foundation generates financial support to ensure that every person who seeks our care is able to receive it. Philanthropic giving also funds the research, education and innovation initiatives at the NorthStar Institute that focus on improving quality of life for patients and families facing serious illness. We continue to rely on gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations to fulfill the Hospice of Michigan mission. Learn more about the many ways you can help Hospice of Michigan.

NORTHSTAR INSTITUTE

The first of its kind in Michigan, the NorthStar Institute is the research and innovation arm of Hospice of Michigan and all members of the NorthStar Care Community. Focused on improving quality of life for patients and families facing serious illness care at the local, state and national levels, the NorthStar Institute is a source of groundbreaking research, education, and community outreach initiatives. The Institute also serves as a forum where healthcare experts can exchange ideas, collaborate, and explore new ways to improve care.

LEADERSHIP

Meet the people who guide and govern Hospice of Michigan, Arbor Hospice, and all the members of the Northstar Care Community, including our executive leadership, Board of Trustees and Foundation Board.

Nearly a century’s worth of commitment.

Collectively, Hospice of Michigan’s Executive Leadership team has almost 100 years of service to the organization.

This unparalleled combination of commitment, stability, and expertise sets a standard in the rapidly-changing hospice landscape, focused on preserving and protecting the not-for-profit mission in Michigan—and across the country.

Executive Team

Patrick Miller, RN, MBA, MHSA, FACHE | President, Chief Executive Officer

“We will care for all who need our care because it is the right thing to do.”

Lee Ann Myers, CPA, CGMA | Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

“A strong financial foundation is essential to our not-for-profit mission. I am committed to expanding and protecting our resources so that we can deliver what Every Person, Every Time means.”

Marcie Hillary | Executive Vice President, Chief Experience Officer

“Having served this organization for over 25 years, my goal remains persistent and urgent: to ensure that everyone receives the compassionate end-of-life care they deserve.”

Krista Newman, MBA I Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Kelly McCormick, MBA, RN I Vice President, Chief Clinical Excellence Officer

“It’s a privilege to be invited into the lives of patients and families as a trusted partner when every moment and every interaction matters.”   

Paul Gray | Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer

“We use compassion as our guide, ensuring that our agency brings dignity and comfort to every step of life’s final journey.”

 

Eric Kaplan I Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Jane McNamara, Chair
Greenpath (Retired)
Harrison Twp

Kurt Ludlow, Vice Chair
Global IT Infrastructure Amway (Retired)
Ada

Sanford Linden, Immediate Past Chair
Professional Parent Care (Retired)
Southfield

Lawrence D. Bos, Sr.
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Grand Rapids

Ruthann Brintnall, PhD
Ada

Brian Connolly
B. Connolly & Associates
Grosse Pointe Farms

Michael Damstra
Carelinc, Inc
Grand Rapids

Mark Drumheller
Performance Management, LLC
Grand Rapids

John Evangelista
Evangelista & Associates
Ann Arbor

Gerald Fitzgerald
Oakwood Healthcare Inc., (Retired)
Dearborn

Brad Killaly
University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Ann Arbor

John Maurer, MD
Grand Valley Medical 

Patrick Miller, RN, MBA, MHSA, FACHE
North Star Care Community

Khan J. Nedd, MD
Infusion Associates
Grand Rapids

Nancy Philippart
BELLE Michigan
Troy

Mary Sanders
Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce
Gaylord

Steven Wade
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Traverse City

Steven Wade, Chair
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Traverse City

Greg Zelski, Vice Chair
Fifth Third Bank
Grand Rapids

Sean Guitar, Immediate Past Chair
Hewlett Packard
Shelby Township

June Hamersma*, Founding Chair

Eric Canvasser, CPA, MST
Eric S. Canvasser, CPA, PLLC
Farmington Hills

Jordan Carson
National Television Host/Personality
Grand Rapids

Ryan Duffy
Miller Johnson
Grand Rapids

Bryan Dunn
McComb & Company
Ann Arbor 

James B. Fahner, M.D.
Helen DeVos Children Children’s Hospital
Grand Rapids

Kathleen Griffiths, MSW, MPA
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (retired)
Ann Arbor

Marcie Hillary
Arbor Hospice
Grand Rapids

Melissa Jagst, CPA
Deloitte
Detroit

Patricia Adanti-Joy
FRANCO (retired)
Ann Arbor

Betsy Kellman
Non-Profit Consultant/Development Director (retired)
Huntington Woods

Michael McCarthy, CPA, CFP®, MST
Rehmann
Ann Arbor

Patrick Miller
Arbor Hospice
Detroit

David Morrison
The Bradley Company
Huntington Woods

Lee Ann Myers
Arbor Hospice
Detroit

Christopher M. Prisby, CFA®
Bank of Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor

Marc Rosenthal
The Mitch Albom Show
Detroit

Deb (Bratkovich) Thompson
The United Way (retired)
Ann Arbor

* In Memory Of

Brad Killaly, Chair & Secretary

Lee Ann Myers, CPA, CGMA, Treasurer

Jason Hover

Gayla Jewell, PhD, RNC, NP

Patrick Miller, RN, MBA, MHSA, FACHE

Kenneth Pituch, MD, FAAP

Mary Jo Smith

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