Maine POLST Coalition

History of POLST in Maine

•2008  – Maine POLST Coalition formed -  Leadership from Maine Hospice Council, Maine Health Care Association, MaineHealth; guidance and support from Attorney General’s Office & Office of Elder Services/DHHS Rapid growth in coalition since (89 members)

•2009 – MMA Resolution in 2009 endorsing POLST and supporting physician education

•2010 – POLST administrative “home” moved to Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care

•2012 – Maine selected as one of five states to receive competitive 3 year POLST Advancement Grant from Retirement Research Foundation, Coordinated by National POLST Paradigm Task Force

Coalition Membership

Coalition Member Name

(and Title when applicable)

Organization Represented

Bruce Condit, M.D. (Palliative Care/Hospitalist) Central Maine Health Care
Butch Russell, Clinical Director North East Mobile Health Services
Cathy McKay, Director of Nursing Lakewood Continuing Care Center
Cheryl Small, Social Worker MaineGeneral Rehabilitation at Glenridge
David Giansiracusa, M.D., Director of Palliative Care MaineHealth
Deanna Mullins, Social Worker Goodall Hospital
Deb Alpern, Social Worker Mid Coast Hospital
Deb Kramlich, RN, MSN, CCRN American Association of Critical Care Nurses- So. ME
Eileen McDonald, Program Manager for Palliative Care MaineHealth
Elizabeth Gattine, Esq., Director of Long Term Care Office of Elder Services, Dept. of Health and Human Services
Elizabeth Hart, M.D., Medical Director of POLST Coalition Maine Hospice Council & Center for End-of-Life Care/Maine POLST Coalition
Elizabeth Keene, Vice-President of Mission Effectiveness St. Mary’s Health Care Systems
Elizabeth Rolfe, RN VNA Home Health Services
Elizabeth White, M.D., Medical Director Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice
Enoch Albert, RN, Palliative Care Mount Desert Island Hospital
Erika Pierce, PA-C, President Downeast Association of Physician Assistants
Frank Chessa, Ph.D., Ethicist Maine Medical Center
Gordon Smith, Esq., Executive Vice-President Maine Medical Association
Heidi Wierman, M.D., Director of Geriatric Fellowship Maine Medical Center
Holly Harmon, RN, Chief Nursing Officer Lincoln County Health Care
Ira Mendel, M.D., Director of Hospice & Palliative Care PenBay Medical Center and Kno-Wal-Lin
Jacqueline Fournier, NP, Palliative Care Program Central Maine Health Care
Jane Skelton, Esq. Elder Law Section, Maine State Bar Association
Jay Bradshaw, Director Maine EMS (Emergency Medical Services)
Jeannine Wilson, LSW Greenwood Center
Joe Semmes, M.D., Palliative Care & Emerency Medicine Mercy Hospital
Judith Tupper, Managing Director, Population Health and Health Policy Muskie School of Public Services
Kandyce Powell, RN, MSN, Executive Director Maine Hospice Council & Center for End-of-Life Care
Laurel Coleman, M.D. Geriatrician & Hospice/Palliative Care Physician
Lauren Michalakes, M.D., Director of Palliative Care Maine Medical Center
Lynne Caswell, Esq., Legal Services Consultant Office of Elder Services, Dept. of Health and Human Services
Mareisa Weil, Executive Assistant Maine Hospice Council & Center for End-of-Life Care
Matt Sholl, M.D., Medical Director Maine EMS (Emergency Medical Services)
Maureen Giffin, RN, Community Relations Liaison Eastern Maine Health Care
Megan Stiles, Director of Quality Control and  Regulatory Affairs Maine Health Care Association
Michele Jasinowski, NP Southern Maine Geriatric Association
Paul Han, M.D. Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
Peggy Haynes, MPA, Director of Elder Care Services MaineHealth
Rick Erb, CEO Maine Health Care Association
Romaine Turyn, Director of Aging, Planning, and Resources Office of Elder Services, Dept. of Health and Human Services
Sandy Jewell, Director of Nursing Maine Veterans Home South Paris
Sharon Foerster, LCSW, Program Manager of Geriatrics MaineHealth
Sherry Rogers, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer Redington Fairview General Hospital
Susan Ostertag, M.D., Hospice and Palliative Care Maine Coast Memorial Hospital
Susan Sepples, RN, Ph.D. University of Southern Maine, School of Nursing
Susan Surabian, RN, Palliative Care Redington Fairview General Hospital
Susan Watkins, RN, MSN, CHPN Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & Hospice
Tim Vogel, Esq. Elder Law Section, Maine State Bar Association
Vanessa Broga, LSW MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Nursing Care
Walter Foster, Chaplain Maine State Prison
William Wadland, M.D., Geriatrician Maine Medical Center