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

Denise Stahl, MSN, FPCN - Vice President, Community Based Palliative Care
Paul Felty - Medicare Advantage Field Representative
Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Erin Dalton - DHS Director
Kimberly Welsh - Manager
Shannah Tharp Gilliam, PhD - Director, Office of Area Agency on Aging

Allegheny County Medical Society
Sarah Hussey - Executive Director
Allegheny Health Network

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

Avalon Springs Place
Ann Walter - Director of Nursing
BKP Health Care Resources
Barbara Piskor - President
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Namita Ahuja, MD, MMM - Associate Chief Medical Officer
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
Jodi Campano - Account Executive
Community LIFE

Fatemah Hashtroudi - Director of Quality Improvement
Randy Hebert, MD - Medical Director
Daphne Bicket, MD - Family Physician Donna Pearson, LSW - Palliative Care Social Worker n

Rachel Buckham, RN - Clinical Manager
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
Duquesne University School of Law
Grace Orsatti - Externship and Pro Bono Director, Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education"
Eastern Area Adult Services
Linda Doman - Executive Director
Emergency Medical Services of Northeastern PA
John Campos - Executive Director
Federated Guardians
Libby Moore, DHCE - Director
Gallagher Home Health Services

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

Gateway Hospice

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

Geisinger Health System

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

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

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

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

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

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
Hospice and Community Care
Paige Payne - Director of Strategic Growth
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
Chad Reilly, MBA - Senior Vice President, Credentialing and Health Policy
Hospital & Health Association of Pennsylvania

Kate Mohr - Senior Director, Client Support
Jennifer Jordan - Vice President, Regulatory Advocacy
Heather Tyler - Vice President, State Legislative Advocacy

Individual Members

Elizabeth Chaitin - Director of Quality and Ethics
Maryanne Fello - Self-employed Clinical Educator
Denise Stahl, MSN, FPCN - Senior Clinical Education Partner
Grace Wummer, RN - Patient Care Coordinator

Jefferson Health

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

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

Judith Black, MD, MHA - Medical Advisor
Lisa George, MPH, CHES - Senior Communications and Program Specialist
Nancy Zionts, MBA - Chief Operating Officer & Chief Program Officer
Nicole Greer, RN, MPH, MPA - Consultant

Julian Gray Associates
Karen Timko, CELA - Elder Law Attorney
LeadingAge PA
Georgia Goodman - 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
Main Line Health
Tom Lawrence, MD - Medical Director, Geriatic Medicine and Long Term Care
Masonic Village at Elizabethtown
Leon Kraybill, MD - Medical Director
Misericordia University
Brenda Hage PhD, DNP, CRNP - Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs
National POLST

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

Nittany Health/Mount Nittany Medical Center

Patricia Fogelman, DNP - Director, Department of Palliative Medicine

Northeast Pennsylvania POLST Task Force

Brenda Hage PhD, DNP, CRNP - Member
Robert Yanoshak, DO - 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

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

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

Aaron Rhone - Bureau Director (Acting)
Douglas Kupas - Commonwealth EMS Medical Director
Linda Chamberlain - Chief
Megan Ebert - Public Health Program Administrator

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
Lisa George, MPH, CHES - 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

Renaissance Healthcare and Rehabilitation
Joshua Uy, MD - Medical Director
River Communities Fiduciary Services, Inc.
Libby Moore, DHCE - Vice President of Client Care
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

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

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


Alex Nesbitt, MD - Medical Director
Amie J Hull, MSN, CRNP - Palliative and Supportive Care Nurse Practitioner
Carol May, RN, MSN, MBA, CHPN - Manager, Supportive Care Program
Christine Meduho - Business Development Supervisor
David Nace, MD, MPH, CMD - Chief of Medical Affairs
Dilip Elangbam, MD - Internal Medicine 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
Elaine Hatfield - Nurse Executive
Eric Horwith, MSW - Director of Growth and Business Development
Fred Mirarchi, DO - Chief of Emergency Medical Services
Heather Mikes, DO - Medical Director
Jennifer Vennare, RN, MSN - Vice President Clinical Operations
Lynn Leighton, BSN, MHA - Director, Patient Safety
Paul Lim, MSW, LSW, MBA - Director of Health Management
Richard Weinberg, MD - Palliative Care Physician
Robert Arnold, MD - Medical Director
Sarah Noorbaksh, MD - Medical Director, Post-Acute Care Clinical Services

UPMC Health Plan

Dan Swayze - Vice President, Community Services
Erin Kime - Director, Medicare Clinical Programs

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