Providing expert end-of-life care since 1984, Arbor Hospice offers patients and families the comfort and peace they deserve. 


A Legacy of Caring

At Arbor Hospice, we believe no one should face the end of life alone. Everyone has the right to spend their final months free of physical, emotional and spiritual pain in an environment where they are most secure. By providing exceptional medical care to patients and expert caregiver support – delivered by capable, dedicated, compassionate professionals – we help families focus on what’s most important to them. 

Arbor Hospice has been providing expert end-of-life-care since 1984, longer than anyone else in the community. If you would like to get to know us better, you can read about our purpose and culture, our leadership, our Boards and our role in the NorthStar Community, an affiliation of like-minded not-for-profit hospice providers with a relentless pursuit for quality.

Arbor Hospice provides care for all—regardless of age, diagnosis, or financial circumstances. Last year, our commitment extended $1 million beyond what was reimbursed by insurance. Because we welcome those who are uninsured, or whose treatment is more expensive than what other hospices can provide, we depend on the financial support of donors for the treatments, medications, services, grief support, and spiritual care of patients and families in need.

To read current and past issues of our Connections newsletter and President’s Reports:


The Arbor Hospice Foundation generates financial support to ensure that every person who seeks our care is able to receive it. Philanthropic giving also funds the research, education and innovation initiatives at the NorthStar Institute that focus on improving quality of life for patients and families facing serious illness. We continue to rely on gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations to fulfill the Arbor Hospice mission. Learn more about the many ways you can help Arbor Hospice.


The first of its kind in Michigan, the NorthStar Institute is the research and innovation arm of Arbor Hospice and all members of the NorthStar Care Community. Focused on improving quality of life for patients and families facing serious illness care at the local, state and national levels, the NorthStar Institute is a source of groundbreaking research, education, and community outreach initiatives. The Institute also serves as a forum where healthcare experts can exchange ideas, collaborate, and explore new ways to improve care.


Meet the people who guide and govern all the members of the Northstar Care Community – Our executive leadership, Board of Trustees and Foundation Board.

Jane McNamara, Chair
Greenpath (Retired)
Harrison Twp

Kurt Ludlow, Vice Chair
Global IT Infrastructure Amway (Retired)

Sanford Linden, Immediate Past Chair
Professional Parent Care (Retired)

Lawrence D. Bos, Sr.
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Grand Rapids

Ruthann Brintnall, PhD

Brian Connolly
B. Connolly & Associates
Grosse Pointe Farms

Michael Damstra
Carelinc, Inc
Grand Rapids

Mark Drumheller
Performance Management, LLC
Grand Rapids

John Evangelista
Evangelista & Associates
Ann Arbor

Gerald Fitzgerald
Oakwood Healthcare Inc., (Retired)

Brad Killaly
University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Ann Arbor

John Maurer, MD
Grand Valley Medical 

Patrick Miller, RN, MBA, MHSA, FACHE
North Star Care Community

Khan J. Nedd, MD
Infusion Associates
Grand Rapids

Nancy Philippart
BELLE Michigan

Mary Sanders
Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce

Steven Wade
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Traverse City

Steven Wade, Chair
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Traverse City

Greg Zelski, Associate Vice Chair
Fifth Third Bank
Grand Rapids

Sean Guitar, Immediate Past Chair
Hewlett Packard
Shelby Township

June Hamersma*, Founding Chair

Eric Canvasser, CPA, MST
Eric S. Canvasser, CPA, PLLC
Farmington Hills

Jordan Carson
National Television Host/Personality
Grand Rapids


Bryan Dunn
McComb & Company
Ann Arbor 

James B. Fahner, M.D.
Helen DeVos Children Children’s Hospital
Grand Rapids

Kathleen Griffiths, MSW, MPA
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (retired)
Ann Arbor

Marcie Hillary
Arbor Hospice
Grand Rapids

Melissa Jagst, CPA

Patricia Adanti-Joy
FRANCO (retired)
Ann Arbor

Betsy Kellman
Non-Profit Consultant/Development Director (retired)
Huntington Woods

Michael McCarthy, CPA, CFP®, MST
Ann Arbor

Patrick Miller
Arbor Hospice

David Morrison
The Bradley Company
Huntington Woods

Lee Ann Myers
Arbor Hospice

Christopher M. Prisby, CFA®
Bank of Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor

Marc Rosenthal
The Mitch Albom Show

Deb (Bratkovich) Thompson
The United Way (retired)
Ann Arbor

* In Memory Of

Nearly a century’s worth of commitment.

Collectively, Arbor Hospice’s Executive Leadership team has almost 100 years of service to the organization.

This unparalleled combination of commitment, stability, and expertise sets a standard in the rapidly-changing hospice landscape, focused on preserving and protecting the not-for-profit mission in Michigan—and across the country.

Executive Team

Patrick Miller, RN, MBA, MHSA, FACHE | President, Chief Executive Officer

“We will care for all who need our care because it is the right thing to do.”

Lee Ann Myers, CPA, CGMA | Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

“A strong financial foundation is essential to our not-for-profit mission. I am committed to expanding and protecting our resources so that we can deliver what Every Person, Every Time means.”

Marcie Hillary | Executive Vice President, Chief Experience Officer

“Having served this organization for over 25 years, my goal remains persistent and urgent: to ensure that everyone receives the compassionate end-of-life care they deserve.”

Krista Newman, MBA I Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Kelly McCormick, MBA, RN I Vice President, Chief Clinical Excellence Officer

“It’s a privilege to be invited into the lives of patients and families as a trusted partner when every moment and every interaction matters.”   


Paul Gray | Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer

“We use compassion as our guide, ensuring that our agency brings dignity and comfort to every step of life’s final journey.”

Eric Kaplan I Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Brad Killaly, Chair & Secretary

Lee Ann Myers, CPA, CGMA, Treasurer

Jason Hover

Gayla Jewell, PhD, RNC, NP

Patrick Miller, RN, MBA, MHSA, FACHE

Kenneth Pituch, MD, FAAP

Mary Jo Smith

Carolina Typaldos