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NHPCO Board of Directors

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2011

New Appointments to NHPCO Board of Directors

The NHPCO Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of two new board members.  John Thoma, of Hospice of Wake County in Raleigh, NC, and Michael Nisco, Medical Director of Hospice and Palliative Care Services for St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA.  Both were appointed to serve the remainder of vacant terms.

Michael J. Nisco, MD, MBA, serves as one of the board’s Palliative Care Directors in a term that runs through 2011. Nisco is Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of The Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program for UC San Francisco Medical School in Fresno, in addition to Medical Director at St. Agnes Medical Center. He is Chair of Ethics for Kaweah Delta Health Care System, and on the Board of Directors for Pacific College. Nisco was invited recently to address MedPAC on palliative care issues and is a member of the NHPCO Ethics Committee. He co-authored the article, “POLST: An Evidence-based Tool for Advance Care Planning” that appears in the May 2011 issue of NewsLine.

John Thoma, joins the board as the Southeast Geographic Area Representative in a term that concludes at the end of 2012.  He is Chief Executive Officer at Hospice of Wake County, Inc.  Thoma has a history of NHPCO committee service that began with the Governance Committee; he currently serves on the Membership Committee and is assuming the chair of the Quality & Standards Committee through 2011.  He was author of “Using NHPCO’s New Standards” that appeared in the July 2010 issue of NewsLine.

Both Nisco and Thoma were vetted by the Governance Committee and slated on previous board ballots and bring valuable expertise to the board of directors. NHPCO leadership is appreciative of the service of all board members for their dedicated work on behalf of hospice and palliative care and the nation’s diverse end-of-life community. A list of NHPCO’s full board is available in the “About NHPCO” section of the organization’s Web site, www.nhpco.org.


Jon Radulovic
Vice President, Communications