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.
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.
- UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care
- American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
- Center to Advance Palliative Care
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
- Get Palliative Care
- Alabama Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
- Medicare's Role in End-of-Life Care
- Advance Directives/Portable Physician Do Not Attempt Resuscitation Orders
- Advance Directives/Portable Physician Do Not Attempt Resuscitation Orders (Spanish)
- Form 1: Alabama Portable Physicians Do Not Attempt Resuscitation Order
- Form 2: Certification of Health Care Decision Surrogate
- Advance Care Videos: Power Point for Physicians | Video for the Patients
- FAQ and Answers for Portable Physician's DNAR Orders and Rules
February 9, 2018 at 10 a.m.
15th Floor, Ste 1586, RSA Tower
(The November 17, 2017 meeting has been 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: Keith Swetz, M.D.
Representation: Hospice & Palliative Care Physician
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
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
Term Expires: 08/07/2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Term Expires: 06/01/2020
Name: Mary Ann Somers, M.A.Ed.
Proxy: Pam Chandler
Representation: Patient & Family Caregiver Representative
Term Expires: 11/01/2019
For more information, contact: LaKesha E. Hopkins, M.S.H.R.M. at (334) 206-5879 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Page last updated: October 24, 2017