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Hospice of Michigan

With roots dating back to the 1970s, we are the most experienced provider of hospice care in Michigan. Currently serving approximately 4,700 patients annually in 46 counties, we’re also the largest in our state, and among the largest recognized 501c3 non-profit advanced illness management organizations in the nation.

We provide care for all—regardless of age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. 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 our donors for the treatments, medications, services, grief support, and spiritual care of patients and families in need.

Read more about how we provide care to patients and their families.

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 Hospice of Michigan Institute. We continue to rely on gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations to fulfill the Hospice of Michigan mission. If you would like to offer your support, please click on a link to the right that best suits your needs.

NorthStar Institute

The first of its kind in Michigan, the NorthStar Institute  (formerly the Hospice of Michigan Institute) is the research and innovation arm of Hospice of Michigan. Focused on improving quality of life for patients and families facing serious illness care at the local, state and national levels, the 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.


Meet the people who guide and govern Hospice of Michigan, including our executive leadership, Board of Trustees and Foundation Board.

Corporate Leadership
  • Robert Cahill — President and Chief Executive Officer

  • Patrick Miller RN, MBA, MHSA, FACHE — Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

  • Lee Ann Myers, CPA, CGMA — Executive Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer

  • Marcie Hillary — Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer

  • Michael Paletta MD, FAAHPM — Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Board of Trustees
  • Brian M. Connolly, Chair
    B. Connolly Associates
    Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Kurt Ludlow, Vice Chair
    Global IT Infrastructure Amway,
  • Mark Drumheller, Immediate Past Chair
    Performance Management, LLC
  • Lawrence D. Bos, Sr.
    Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
    Grand Rapids
  • Ruthann Brintnall, PhD
  • Janice Whitehouse
  • Robert Cahill
    Hospice of Michigan
  • Michael Damstra
  • Gerald Fitzgerald
    Oakwood Healthcare Inc., (Retired)
  • Pat Jannausch
    Core OD Consulting, LLC
    Ann Arbor
  • Mark Kinsler
  • Sanford Linden
    Professional Parent Care
  • John Maurer, MD
    Grand Valley Medical Specialists
    Grand Rapids
  • Phillip H. McCorkle, Jr.
    Trinity Health
  • Khan J. Nedd, MD
    Infusion Associates
    Grand Rapids
  • Thomas P. Sarb
    Miller Johnson (Retired)
    Grand Rapids
  • Mary Sanders
    Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Jane McNamara

Foundation Board
  • Thomas P. Sarb, Chair
    Miller Johnson (Retired)
    Grand Rapids
  • LeeAnn Clay, Vice Chair
    Miller Welding Supply
    Grand Rapids
  • The Honorable Sara Smolenski, Immediate Past Chair
    63rd District Court
    Grand Rapids
  • Margaret Allesee, Founder of the Maggie Allesee Center for Innovation
    Bloomfield Hills
  • Robert Cahill
    Hospice of Michigan
  • Shirley Balk
    Hansen Balk Steel Treating
    Grand Rapids
  • Eric Canvasser, CPA, MST
    Farmington Hills
  • Joseph Voss, J.D.
    Leavens, Strand & Glover
    Chicago, IL
  • Cindy Monroe
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Robert Gillette
    American House
    Bloomfield Hills
  • Sean Guitar
    Hewlett Packard
    Shelby Township
  • Marcie Hillary
    Hospice of Michigan
    Grand Rapids
  • James Fahner, M.D.
    Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
    Grand Rapids
  • Linda Juracek-Lipa, Community Volunteer
  • Lee Ann Myers
    Hospice of Michigan
  • Marc Rosenthal
    The Mitch Albom Show
  • Michael TerHorst
    Antares Capital, L.P.
    Grand Rapids
  • Patricia Van Pelt
    Fifth Third Bank
    Grand Rapids
  • Patrick Miller
    Hospice of Michigan
  • Joe Infante
    Miller Canfield
    Grand Rapids
  • Nancy Philippart
    Belle Michigan
  • Steven Wade
    Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
    Traverse City


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