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Lee Ann Myers

Lee Ann Myers

Lee Ann Myers joined Hospice of Michigan (HOM) in 2000 as Controller before stepping into the role in 2010 as Vice President, Finance/Chief Financial Officer.  Lee Ann was elevated to the role of Executive Vice President in 2017.

When Lee Ann joined Hospice of Michigan, it was a personal goal of hers to combine a career in finance with one that allowed her to dedicate herself to a mission-driven organization. Prior to her position at HOM, Lee Ann was Director of Reimbursement at Mercy Continuing Care and was a Senior Healthcare Auditor at Deloitte & Touche.

Lee Ann has been a vital member of the Executive team, managing all aspects of the Finance team, including general accounting, patient financial services, payroll and purchasing, accounts payable and data services. She has helped provide the structure, stability and accountability that helped the organization transition from a multitude of regional hospices to a statewide hospice provider with national influence. Recently Lee Ann added the Information Services department to her oversight responsibilities.

Lee Ann, who is a certified public accountant (CPA), has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She graduated cum laude.

Lee Ann says that growing up, her family’s dinner conversations often focused on her mother’s career as a nurse and concerns about issues facing her patients. Lee Ann said that she arrived at HOM with a strong sense of empathy toward our patients and the staff who care for them.

“While finance and accounting may appear to have little to do with the delivery of care,” said Lee Ann, “in actuality, a strong financial foundation is essential to our mission. My job is to ensure that we expand our resources, and protect our foundation.”

 

Michael Jasperson

Michael Jasperson

Michael Jasperson has roots firmly planted in non-profit healthcare, beginning with his work as manager within a regional hospital and health system in Ohio. The experience was his first foray into hospice care as he worked to coordinate relationships between the various entities within the system, including home health and hospice.

Most recently, Michael was regional sales manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where he led a team charged with establishing and maintaining relationships with hospitals, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and other health institutions in Michigan.

While at Blue Cross, Michael led a staff of 8 account managers with a territory of approximately 120 group customers. The experience afforded him the opportunity to successfully plan and lead a marketing/sales team and to develop relationships with a significant number of customers including hospitals and other health care entities in Michigan.

His extensive background in nonprofit health care allows him to leverage his skills to assist Hospice of Michigan in meeting its business objectives, including driving referrals and revenue into the organization.

Michael is a member of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan Board of Directors and Public Policy committee.
Michael earned a master of business administration (MBA) from University of Tampa, with a concentration in Health Services Administration. He also holds a master of science in administration (MSA) from Central Michigan University. Michael received his baccaulaureate degree from Michigan State University.

He resides in Northville with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, Adam and Ellie.

 

Michael Paletta

Michael Paletta, MD, FAAHPM

As Senior Vice Presidents, Dr. Paletta oversees a team of licensed providers providing care to more than 1,700 patients each day. Dr. Paletta guides policies and protocols related to patient care. Since joining Hospice of Michigan in 1997, he has seen the dramatic shift in acceptance of hospice and palliative care by patients facing life-limiting illness, and the increase of services available to them.

Dr. Paletta is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He completed his residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, and is board certified in Internal Medicine, He was awarded a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and earned a CAQ in Geriatrics. He received certification under the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and re-certification under the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABIM). Dr. Paletta is a distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In September 2016, Dr. Paletta was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve a two year term on the Michigan Prescription  Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission.

Before joining Hospice of Michigan in 1997, Dr. Paletta spent eight years with the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Family Medicine / Palliative Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and is a consultant in palliative medicine to the Oakwood Health System.

Dr. Paletta trained at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and earned an aeronautical rating of Chief Flight Surgeon. He has logged operational flying hours in a variety of fighter and attack aircraft, and has commanded military medical detachments in Europe and Central America. He served for 12 years as Surgeon General for the Michigan Air National Guard. Awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Achievement Award, the Iraq Campaign Ribbon with combat device, and the National Defense Ribbon. He is a graduate of the USAF Air War College. In 2007, he served a tour of active duty in Iraq.

Dr. Paletta makes his home in Northville, MI with his wife, and has two adult sons.

 

Marcie Hillary

Marcie Hillary

As Senior Vice President she oversees all fundraising initiatives and works collaboratively with the Hospice of Michigan Foundation Board. With a statewide staff, Hillary’s role is not only to raise money to fund programs but also to raise awareness for HOM’s non-profit mission to serve all who need our help regardless of their ability to pay. As a member of the executive team, Marcie provides leadership on operational issues facing the organization.

Marcie has been promoted many times during her tenure, most recently to Executive Director of Hospice of Michigan – West Michigan.
Marcie is a member of the Aquinas College Board of Trustees and Catholic Charities Western Michigan Board of Directors and Marketing/Fundraising Committee.

Marcie earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Aquinas College, and her Masters in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, Brian, and four children, Jeb, Grant, Sarah and Mavis.

 

Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller, RN, MBA, MHSA, FACHE

Patrick joined Hospice of Michigan in May 2004 as Service Line Director – Facilities, and has since served our organization as Corporate Director Of Clinical Services, Corporate Director Of New Business Development, and Corporate Director Of Organizational Integrity. Serving as Senior Vice President, Service Operations, Chief Operating Officer since 2007, Patrick was most recently appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer in March 2014.  

As Executive Vice President, Patrick is the lead member of Hospice of Michigan’s Executive Team, providing guidance in all areas of operations. Patrick continues to focus on improving Hospice of Michigan’s quality and satisfaction outcomes through of our five diamond model of care, which creates operational efficiencies that help us achieve our mission to innovate end-of-life care.  He is responsible for oversight of At Home Support, Hospice of Michigan’s advanced illness management program, all clinical and service operations, pediatric programs, as well as our human resource discipline, Work Life Services.

Patrick is a graduate of the Second Degree/Second Career program at Wayne State University College of Nursing. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, an MBA and a MHSA from the University of Michigan.

Before joining HOM, he was executive director of Avalon Hospice in Flint. He also worked at Henry Ford Hospital where he was a staff RN and assistant manager for three years.

Patrick is a COO Forum Member of the National Hospice Work Group and has been appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to be a public board member of the State Board of Mortuary Sciences.  He is also a board member of the National Arab American Nurses Association (NAANA) and sits on the Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium Advisory Board (MOQC)

Patrick’s background also includes a cultural exchange program in the Middle East and a fellowship with Diné College on the Navajo Nation.

 

Robert Cahill

 

Mr. Cahill joined Hospice of Michigan as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer in May 1998. A year later he was promoted to Senior Vice President and in July 2009 was named Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer. On January 1, 2014 he was promoted to President and CEO.

Mr. Cahill brings a well-rounded background of hands-on experience in finance, operations, sales and marketing in the following industries; healthcare, managed care, insurance and banking/finance.

Before coming to HOM, Cahill was Vice President of Operations at Value Health’s largest division, the Great Lakes Region based in Southfield. Value’s Great Lakes Region was a managed-care operation responsible for managing care on 3.5 million lives.

Prior to Value Health Cahill was Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Insight Recovery Centers. He helped this multi-site non-profit flourish, grow and diversify itself for 13 years. Mr. Cahill spearheaded several acquisitions and a start-up computer service company.

He also spent 4 years as Executive Vice President of Operations for American Way Life Insurance Company.

Mr. Cahill received his Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University, his Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and completed the Executive Education Program through Harvard Business School.

Mr. Cahill currently serves on the National Hospice Work Group CEO Board and the Detroit Economic Club Board of Directors.

 

Tapper’s Jewelry All Stars

We are so excited to have the opportunity to participate in the Tapper’s 2014 Jewelry Stars Give Back charitable campaign, along with so many other worthy organizations. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to Jewelry Star, Edward Eickhoff, who selected us to participate in the campaign. With his support, and the support of the community, Hospice of Michigan can provide respectful and compassionate end of life care to everyone.

Please support Hospice of Michigan by making a personal donation and/or voting for us in any Tapper’s store location or online. Tapper’s will award an additional donation to the organization that accumulates the most votes!

To learn more about the campaign, or to donate online, go to: https://bit.ly/1vkQTfa

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Leave a Legacy

May is National Leave a Legacy Month, a time set aside to recognize the myriad ways charitable organizations benefit the community.

A planned gift, regardless of the size, has the power to change lives for generations to come. Naturally, we hope you will include Hospice of Michigan in your estate plans, but the most important thing is that you make the choice. Thoughtfully planned, an estate gift allows you to enhance your own and your family’s financial well-being while fulfilling your philanthropic goals.

Importantly, you don’t have to be rich to make a difference. Even a small amount can have a big impact over time. Here are some ways—big and small—where you can have an impact:

  • A gift of appreciated assets, such as stocks or securities
  • A bequest* to the charity in your existing will or living trust
  • Naming the charity as a beneficiary on your life insurance policy, retirement plan or IRA
  • A charitable gift annuity with Hospice of Michigan
  • A donor-advised fund with your community foundation
  • A charitable remainder trust may benefit you, your family and friends, and your charity of choice

Click here to learn how you can have an impact.

*Bequest designations in a will, revocable trust, insurance policy or retirement plan are generally revocable and may be changed during your lifetime. However, charitable gift annuities and certain trusts are irrevocable and funds may not be returned once transferred.

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care to Affiliate

We are excited to share that, effective January 1, Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care will form an affiliation. This joining of our like-minded, mission-driven, nonprofit organizations will allow us to better serve patients and families while helping to strengthen and expand the future of nonprofit hospice in Michigan.

This affiliation will create synergies while retaining independent identities, preserving what is unique and best about each of our organizations. In today’s constantly changing healthcare environment, our affiliation will unite us in caring for our communities by aligning our missions and sharing best practices.

The affiliated organization will continue to operate as Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care throughout Washtenaw County and its current service area, as Hospice of Michigan will continue to operate throughout the stateBoth organizations will provide patients and their families with the same quality, compassionate care the community has come to expect, including the availability of Arbor’s residential hospice inpatient services.

Collectively, Arbor and HOM will provide hospice and palliative care services on a daily basis to more than 2,200 patients throughout Michigan. More than 700 members of our combined care teams, supported by more than 900 volunteers, will help ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care as they face the end-of-lifeTogether, we will offer the broadest range of palliative, pediatric and hospice programs, as well as complementary music, pet and massage therapies.

There are still many details to work through as we move forward with our affiliation. But, we can assure you that some things will not change: most notably, there will be no disruption of service to patients and families served by either organizationCare teams will remain intact and will continue to deliver the highest quality care available to patients at the end-of-life.

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