Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life for patients (and their caregivers) facing life-threatening illness. The approach involves prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, assessment and treatment of pain and related physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems. Visit the World Health Organization for more information on the palliative care approach to improving quality of life.

Mission Statement

The mission of this Council is to promote Palliative Care in Alabama by improving consumer awareness of the positive effect of compassionate palliative care on the quality of life and care for individuals and families living with life-limiting illness.

This will be accomplished through establishment of a consumer and professional information and educational program within the Department of Public Health; and by facilitating collaboration among palliative care providers, organizations, institutions and individuals.

State Advisory Council on Palliative Care and Quality of Life

The State Advisory Council on Palliative Care and Quality of Life was created in 2015 to establish a palliative care consumer and professional information and education program. The Council meets quarterly. Information on previous and upcoming Council meetings, including agendas and minutes, are available below.


Next Meeting: 

August 10, 2018 at 10 a.m.
15th Floor, Ste 1586, RSA Tower
Montgomery, Alabama

August 10, 2018- Agenda
May 11, 2018 - AgendaMinutes
February 9, 2018 - AgendaMinutes
November 17, 2017 - Meeting Canceled
August 11, 2017 - Agenda, Minutes
May 12, 2017 - Agenda, Minutes
February 10, 2017 - Agenda, Minutes
December 2, 2016 - Agenda, Minutes
August 12, 2016 - Agenda, Minutes
May 13, 2016 - Agenda, Minutes
February 19, 2016 - Agenda, Minutes (1.5 MB)
November 20, 2015 - Agenda, Minutes (2.5 MB)

State Advisory Council on Palliative Care & Quality of Life Board Members

Name: Rodney O. Tucker, M.D., M.M.M. (Chairman)
UAB Center for Palliative Care & Supportive Care
Proxy: Lyle S. Walton, M.D.
Representation: Hospice & Palliative Care Physician
Appointed: 08/12/2015
Term Expires: 08/12/2018

Name: Karen Marlowe, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., C.P.E. (Co-Chair)
Proxy: Marilyn Bulloch, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S.
Representation: Alabama Pharmacy Association
Appointed: 09/10/2015
Term Expires: 09/10/2018

Name: Kristi A. Acker, D.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C., A.O.C.N.P., A.C.H.P.N.
Representation: Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner
Appointed: 08/07/2015
Term Expires: 08/07/2018

Name: Gregory W. Ayers, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.H.P.M. 
Representation: Alabama Board of Medical Examiners
Appointed: 11/01/2017
Term Expires: 11/01/2020

Name: John G. Beard, M.B.A., J.D.
Alacare Home Health & Hospice
Proxy: Samika L. Williams, M.S.H.A., M.P.A.
Representation: Home Care Association of Alabama
Appointed: 10/19/2015
Term Expires: 10/19/2018

Name: Richard J. Brockman, J.D.
Burr & Forman, LLP
Proxy: Angie Cameron Smith, J.D.
Representation: Alabama Nursing Home Association
Appointed: 08/21/2015
Term Expires: 08/21/2018

Name: Beth Caine, M.S.H.A., M.B.A.
UAB Psychiatry, Palliative Care, Geriatrics
Proxy: Danne Howard
Representation: Alabama Hospital Association
Appointed: 10/16/2015
Term Expires: 10/16/2018

Name: Peter Czapla, M.S.H.R.M.
Quality Home Health Care
Proxy: Lisa Wells, C.P.C.O.
Representation: Alabama Durable Medical Equipment Association
Appointed: 10/15/2015
Term Expires: 10/15/2018

Name: Stormy Dismuke, R.N., M.S.N., N.P.-C.
Hospice of Marshall County
Proxy: Allison Glassco, F.N.P.-C.
Representation: Alabama Hospice & Palliative Care Association
Appointed: 08/19/2015
Term Expires: 08/19/2018

Name: Jimel L. Gibbs, M.S.N., C.R.N.P., F.N.P.-C.
Proxy: Lynn Vaughn, M.S.N., R.N.
Representation: Pediatric Palliative Care
Appointed: 06/16/2017
Term Expires: 06/16/2020

Name: Timothy B. Mayhall, M.Div., B.C.C.
Southeast Alabama Medical Center
Proxy: Kathy Stumbaugh
Representation: Spiritual Professional Expertise
Appointed: 06/01/2017
Term Expires: 06/01/2020

Name: Mary Ann Somers, M.A.Ed.
Proxy: Pam Chandler
Representation: Patient & Family Caregiver Representative
Appointed: 11/01/2016
Term Expires: 11/01/2019

For more information, contact: LaKesha E. Hopkins, M.S.H.R.M. at (334) 206-5879 or e-mail:

Page last updated: August 3, 2018