PA POLST Coalition

The Pennsylvania POLST Coalition is a group of health-related organizations and professionals who are committed to helping seriously ill patients identify their wishes regarding medical treatment at the end of life and who endeavor to assure that those preferences are communicated and respected in care settings across the state. A listing of participating organizations and members is found here. Others who wish to participate and represent their organization may contact the POLST coordinator at this This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


PA POLST Coalition

Paul Felty - Medicare Advantage Field Representative
Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Kimberly Welsh - Manager
Kurt Emmerling, M. Ed, NCC, LPC - Deputy Director, Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

Allegheny County Medical Society
Jeremy Bonfini - Executive Director
Allegheny Health Network

Ronald Beck, MD - Palliative Patient & Family Support Services, Jefferson Hospital
Uzma Khan, MD - Palliative Patient & Family Support Services, Jefferson Hospital
Arvind Venkat, MD, FACEP - PACEP Board of Directors, Emergency Department, Allegheny General Hospital

Avalon Springs Place
Ann Walter - Director of Nursing
BKP Health Care Resources
Barbara Piskor - President
Bridges Hospice
Dana Danesi - RN Community Liaison
Butler Health System
Dillon Stein, DO - Co-Director, Division of Palliative Care
Capital Blue Cross
Jennifer Chambers, MD - Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Executive
Catholic Charities of Beaver County
Marissa Barr, MS, LPC - Director of Beaver County Outreach
Chester County POLST Coalition
Michele Migas - Administrator
Circle of Life Coalition of Berks County
Dan Kimball, MD - Retired Interist
Community College of Allegheny County
Sharon Abner - AHA Training Center Coordinator
Community LIFE

Fatemah Hashtroudi - Director of Quality Improvement
Randy Hebert, MD - Medical Director
Tamara Sacks, MD - Internal Medicine Physician

Lana Schall
Conemaugh Health System
Joshua Rosman, MD - Chief of Palliative Care
Curahealth Hospitals
Carol Falo - Chief Executive Officer
Curavi Health
Megan King, RN, CHPN, MSCC - Senior Client Success Manager
Dignified Elderly Care, LLC
Karen Abmayer - Owner & Vice President
Disability Rights Network
Kelly Darr - Legal Director
Eastern Area Adult Services
Linda Doman - Executive Director
Emergency Medical Services of Northeastern PA
John Campos - Executive Director
Federated Guardians
Libby Moore, DHCE
Gallagher Home Health Services

Timothy Campbell, MD - Chief Medical Officer
Marla Caplan, MBA, LSW, CHCE - Advanced Care Team

Gateway Hospice

Jennifer Cellidonia, LSW, MSW - Social Worker & Bereavement Counselor
Amylyn Verrone - Manager, Community Development

Geisinger Health System

Karen Adams - Program Director, Advanced Illness, Population Health
Sharon Gray - Nurse Ethicist
Dan Hoegen - Clinical Ethicist
Robert Yanoshak, DO - Hospitalist, Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Genesis Healthcare
Gary Bernett, MD, CMD - Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs
Genesis Medical Associates, Inc.
Sharyn Roney - Practice Director
Good Shepherd Penn Partners

Nina Renzi - Manager of Patient Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Penn Medicine Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine
Cora Young, MSW, LSW, ACM - Director, Patient Access And Case Management, Penn Medicine Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine

Harmony Home Care
Becky Janczewski, RN, BSN - Director of Clinical Services
Healthy Adams County
Kathy Gaskin - Executive Director
Healthy York County
Deb Gogniat - Health Coalition Coordinator 
Heritage Valley Health System

Joanne Hatton - Care Manager
Lisa Dalena, RN, BSN - Community Relations Coordinator, Heritage Valley Kennedy

Highmark Home & Community Services

Justin Engleka, CRNP - Senior Palliative Care Program Manager
Emily Jaffe - Vice President & Executive Medical Director

Hope Grows
Lisa Story - Executive Director
Hosice and Palliative Nurses Association
Chad Reilly, MBA - Senior Vice President Membership
Hospice and Community Care
Paige Payne - Director of Strategic Growth
Hospital & Health Association of Pennsylvania
Kate Routledge - Senior Director, Client Support
Individual Members

Elizabeth Chaitin - Director of Quality and Ethics
Marian Kemp - Pennsylvania POLST Coordinator Emeritus
Denise Stahl, MSN, FPCN - Senior Clinical Education Partner
Grace Wummer, RN - Patient Care Coordinator

Jefferson Health

Todd Goldberg, MD - Chief of Geriatrics, Abington Hospital
Danielle Snyderman, MD - Geriatrician, Jefferson University Hospital
Margaret Kreher, MD - Physician, Palliative Care, Jefferson University Hospital

Jewish Association on Aging
Pearl Averbach - Executive Director
Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Judith Black, MD, MHA - Medical Advisor
Nicole Greer, RN, MPH, MPA - Senior Quality Improvement Specialist
Nancy Zionts - Chief Operating Officer & Chief Program Officer

Julian Gray Associates
Karen Timko, CELA - Elder Law Attorney
LeadingAge PA
Beth Greenberg - Director of Regulatory Affairs
Lehigh Valley Health Network

Jennifer Allen, MD - Chief, Section of Palliative Medicine and Hospice Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Director
Kathryn Zaffiri - Clinical Quality Specialist

Lutheran Senior Life
Rachelle Andreyo
Masonic Village at Elizabethtown
Leon Kraybill, MD - Medical Director
Misericordia University
Brenda Hage Ph.D, DNP, CRNP - Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs
National POLST

Theresa Brown, PhD, BSN, RN - Media Consultant
Judith Black, MD, MHA - PA Plenary Assembly Representative
Alex Nesbitt, MD - PA Plenary Assembly Representative

Northeast Pennsylvania POLST Task Force

Robert Yanoshak, DO - Member
Brenda Hage Ph.D, DNP, CRNP - Member

Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility
Catherine Rodgers - Director of Nursing
Oncololgy Nursing Society
Michele Galioto - Assistant Executive Director, ONS Center for Innovation
Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition
Betsy Hawley - Executive Director
Penn Medicine - University of Pennsylvania Health System

Nina O'Connor, MD - Chief of Hospice & Palliative Care
Margaret Costella - Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Lancaster General Health
Neelofer Sohail, MD - Geriatrician, Lancaster General Health
Kristen Hartmann, MSW, LCSW - ACP Program Manager, Lancaster General Health
Leon Kraybill, MD - Geriatic Division Chief, Lancaster General Health
Laura Porter - Executive Director, Sub-Acute & Therapy Services

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Kristina Newport, MD - Director of Palliative Care
Nicole Osevala, MD - Medical Director, Post-Acute Care Service

Penn State University
Nicole Osevala, MD - Interim Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Pennswood Village
Firas Saidi, MD - Medical Director
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
David Kelley, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Office of Medical Assistance Programs
Pennsylvania Academy of Family Practice

Russel Breish, MD - Geriatric Medicine Specialist
Jay Joseph, MD - Family Medicine Specialist

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Barry Simpson - Executive Directive
David Swager, Esq - President

Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians

Ronald V Hall, MD FACP - Executive Committee
Shawn Quinn, DO, FACEP - Executive Committee
Jan Reisinger - Executive Director

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Douglas Kupas - Commonwealth EMS Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medical Services
Linda Chamberlain - Chief, Division of Home Health

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Kathleen Beani, M.Ed - Human Services Program Specialist, Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Program
Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society - Western Division
Judith Black, MD, MHA - Secretary/Treasurer
Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Antoinette Kraus - Director
Pennsylvania Health Care Association
Gail Weidman - Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Pennsylvania Homecare Association
Teri Henning, Esq. - Chief Executive Officer
Pennsylvania Hospice Network
Lonna Donaghue - Executive Director
Pennsylvania Medical Society

Diane Littlewood - Vice President, Care Management and Practice Integration
David Thompson - Director

Pennsylvania POLST
Marian Kemp - Pennsylvania POLST Coordinator
Personal Care Medical Associates
David Thimons, MD - President & CEO
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Reverend John Welch - Dean of Students & Vice President for Student Services
Presbyterian SeniorCare Network

Gary Gibson - Chaplain
Amy Kowinsky - Executive Director
Lisa Unis - Community Liaison, The Willows

Renaissance Healthcare and Rehabilitation
Joshua Uy, MD - Medical Director
River Communities Fiduciary Services, Inc.
Libby Moore, DHCE - Vice President of Client Care
Former Hospice Executive Director
Maryanne Fello - Self-employed Clinical Educator
St. Luke’s University Health Network

Ric Baxter, MD - Hospice and Palliative Care Specialist
Georgiana Lopez - Director of Case Management

The Arc of Pennsylvania
Sherri Landis - Executive Directive
The Pennsylvania Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (PMDA)

Dillard Elmore, DO - Board of Directors
Molly Langford, CRNP - Board of Directors
Maria Queen - Executive Director
Dilip Elangbam, MD - Board of Directors
Brian B. Kimmel, DO,CMD - Board of Directors

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education

Jumee Barooah, MD - Designated Institutional Officer
Edward Dzielak, MD - Program Director, Geriatrics
Rosanne Garzerella, DIA - Graduate Education Administrator

Tower Health
Vinti Shah, DO - Chief, Section of Palliative Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Rachel Butler - Clinical Research Coordinator
David Nace, MD, MPH, CMD - Clinical Chief of Geriatric Medicine, Director, Long-Term Care & Division of Geriatric Medicine
Mamta Bhatnagar, MD - Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics , School of Medicine
Douglas White, MD - Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Medicine, and Clinical Translational Science, School of Medicine
Barbara Stoehr
Jody Stockdill - Program Administrator, Center for Bioethics & Health Law, Consortium Ethics Program
Robert Arnold, MD - Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine & Chief, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics Director, School of Medicine


Paul Lim, MSW, LSW, MBA - Director of Health Management, St. Margaret's Hospital
Carol May, RN, MSN, MBA, CHPN - Manager, Supportive Care Program, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Richard Weinberg, MD - Palliative Care Physician
Douglas White, MD - Director, Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness, Vice-Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Critical Care Medicine, UPMC Endowed Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine, Director, Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness, Vice-Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Critical Care Medicine, UPMC Endowed Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine
Christine Meduho - Business Development Supervisor, Family Hospice
Eric Horwith, MSW - Director of Growth and Business Development, Family Hospice
Jennifer Vennare, RN, MSN - Vice President Clinical Operations, Family Hospice
Dilip Elangbam, MD - Internal Medicine Physician, Muncy
Robert Arnold, MD - Medical Director, Palliative and Supportive Institute
Sarah Noorbaksh, MD - Medical Director, Post-Acute Care Clinical Services, Pinnacle
Lynn Leighton, BSN, MHA - Director, Patient Safety, Pinnacle
Elaine Hatfield - Nurse Executive, Senior Communities
Amie J Hull, MSN, CRNP - Palliative and Supportive Care Nurse Practitioner, Senior Communities
David Nace, MD, MPH, CMD - Chief of Medical Affairs, Senior Communities
Alex Nesbitt, MD - Medical Director, Susquehanna Health Supportive and Palliative Care Williamsport
Fred Mirarchi, DO - Chief of Emergency Medical Services, Hamot

UPMC Health Plan

Namita Ahuja, MD, MMM - Assitant Vice President Medicare Medical &Post-Acute Services
Erin Kime - Director, Medicare Clinical Programs
Dan Swayze - Vice President, Community Services

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Amy Hines - Practice Manager, New Castle
VA Pittsburgh Health Care System
Sandra Blakowski, Md - Internal Medicine Physician
Washington Health System
Cheryl Morrell - Clinical Manager
WellSpan Health

Eve Gardner - Horizon Planning Coordinator
Roberta Geidner, MA - Manager, Horizon/Advance Care Planning
Nicole Maurer - Executive Director