About Us

The Oregon Hospice & Palliative Care Association is a statewide public benefit organization helping to ensure Oregonians have access to high quality hospice and palliative care as they near the end of life.

The Oregon Hospice & Palliative Care Association is committed to improving the quality of life for Oregonians at the end of life and supporting the hospice and palliative care organizations that provide care. The Oregon Hospice & Palliative Care Association’s services include public and professional education, advocacy, research, consultation, accreditation and leadership.



  • To build a strong cooperative network of providers and other existing resources at state, national and international levels
  • To provide a steady flow of information and communication among existing and evolving hospice and palliative care groups.


  • To coordinate and promote research to improve the care of terminally-ill Oregonians and their families.
  • To collect data on a statewide basis on hospice utilization and cost.
  • To participate in the collection of data on end of life care on a national basis.


  • To encourage the completion of POLST forms for all hospice and palliative care patients at the time of admission or enrollment.
  • To promote a clear understanding of the hospice philosophy and concept among health care professionals, as well as the public.
  • To respond to requests for and to initiate the provision of information about end of life choices.
  • To provide education to hospice and palliative care professionals and other practitioners of medicine.
  • To offer technical assistance to hospices and to programs developing end of life care.
  • To establish OHPCA as a leadership organization in the realm of end-of-life education.

Quality Assurance

  • To participate in the development and implementation of standards of care at the end of life.
  • To keep all providers of hospice services aware of new developments in standards.
  • To provide technical assistance to programs to meet requirements of standards and rules.
  • To develop and provide accreditation for hospice programs.


  • To maintain a position of advocacy for highest quality of care for dying persons and their families, loved ones and caregivers.
  • To serve as advocate and liaison with any organization that impacts upon hospice and end of life care at local, regional, national and international levels, including but not limited to regulatory agencies, legislative bodies, community leaders and third-party carriers.
  • To monitor, respond and provide input into health care legislation and regulation relevant to the hospice movement and the care of the terminally ill at all levels of government.

Resource Development

  • To provide adequate funding for maintenance and growth of the organization.
  • To provide technical assistance on resource development.
  • To assure the stability and growth of Oregon Hospice & Palliative Care Association providers.

Board of Directors

2018 Board Officers

Chair: Jane Brandes, RN, MSN, Providence Hospice, Portland
Chair Elect: Margaret Thornburg, Senior Director, Claims, Customer Service & Configuration, Moda Health, Portland
Treasurer: Jad Hamdan, Northwest Funding Group, Portland
Secretary: Keri Culhane, RN, BSN, MBA, Coastal Home Health & Hospice, Gold Beach

2018 Hospice Providers’ Council

Chair: Emma Ward, Seasons Hospice, Portland

2018 Board Members

Heidi Berkman, Founder & President, The Bloom Project, Portland
Nicole Elovitz, MBA, Director of Marketing, Cambia Health Solutions, Portland
Jason Malcom, LCSW, Department of Veterans Affairs, Portland
Laura K. Mavity, MD, St. Charles Health System, Bend
Melinda Papen, Samaritan Evergreen Hospice, Albany
Rev. Canon Raggs Ragan, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland
CEO: Barb Hansen, MA, RN, CWON, Oregon Hospice Association, Portland


Barb Hansen, CEO | Email

Meg McCauley, Director – Association Management | Email

Denis Carnaby, Accreditation and Technical Assistance Consultant | Email

Linda Downey, RN, MHSA, Accreditation & Technical Assistance Consultant | Email

Larlyn Fitzpatrick, Finance Analyst | Email

Annual Report


Annual Report for 2016


Annual Report for 2015


Annual Report for 2014


Annual Report for 2013