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The Children's Palliative Care Coalition of Michigan is a collaboration of clinicians, caregivers, advocates and healthcare institutions, who are dedicated to advancing knowledge, sharing resources and improving care for children with chronic, complex or life-limiting illness. 


Our mission is to provide resources for, and to advocate for, medical professionals, volunteers and families caring for children with life-limiting illnesses, and to ensure the availability of compassionate, comprehensive care across the State of Michigan.


To achieve this, we

  • Facilitate collaboration among professionals, practitioners and families...

  • Organize events to bring people together and share expertise and experience

  • Advocate for comprehensive, compassionate and connected care

  • Promote knowledge and resources related to pediatric palliative care


CPCC Board of Directors

President - Kenneth Pituch, MD, C.S. Mott Children‘s, Hospital, Ann Arbor

Vice President – Teri Turner, RN, MS, CHPN, Angela Hospice, Ann Arbor

Treasurer – Abigail Waller, Bereaved Parent, East Lansing

Secretary - Tara Derby, LMSW, Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, Ann Arbor

Ayanna Eggleston, Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Lansing, MI

Maureen Giacomazza, RN, BSN, MA, Michigan Medicine

Bradd Hemker, MD, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids

Jeanne Lewandowski, MD, Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe

Cheri Salazar, RN, CPNP, MSU College of Nursing, MSU Health Care, East Lansing

Ashley Tinsdale, Bereaved Parent

Nadia Tremonti, MD, Children’s Hospital of MI, Detroit

Chantal Curell, RN, CPN, CHPPN, Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs at Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice

Nadia Kontos, DO, Ascension Medical Group, Detroit

Suha Kridli, PhD, RN, Oakland University, Rochester

Tricia Keefer, MD, C.S. Mott Children‘s, Hospital, Ann Arbor

Yakov Sigal, MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing

Advisory Board

Jane Turner, MD, Michigan State University, East Lansing

John Person, Former Executive Director, Hospice of Lansing

Gabrielle Tazzia, Bereaved Parent

Heather Kluemper, Centered Care of MI

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