FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cheektowaga, NY – January 4, 2019

Hospice Buffalo Announces Board Appointments

Joyce Markiewicz and Thomas J. Foels, M.D., M.M.M. have been appointed to The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care's Board of Trustees. Markiewicz is currently an Executive Vice President of Catholic Health (CH) and CEO of Home and Community-Based Care. She has been a Health Care Professional for greater than 35 years, with 27 years in Home Health Care. Markiewicz is also a member of the CH Ministry Services Board of Directors, CH Foundation Board, Health Home Partners of Western New York Board and Canopy of Neighbors. Business First has included Markiewicz on their lists of Buffalo’s Most Powerful Women in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as WNY’s Most Influential People in 2018.

Thomas J. Foels, M.D., M.M.M., is the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Independent Health (IH). Dr. Foels has more than 30 years of experience in health care management. Prior to joining IH, He was in private practice as a pediatrician, and founded Western New York’s two largest pediatric group practices — Williamsville Pediatric Center and Tonawanda Pediatrics. Dr. Foels currently serves on the board of directors for the Alliance of Community Health Plans where he previously served as the co-chair for the Chief Medical Officers national forum. He is a Board Trustee for Evergreen Health Services, and serves on the Canisius College Pre-Med Advisory Committee and Council for the Wehle School of Business. Dr. Foels has also served on the National Committee for Quality Assurance Physician Practice Connections – Patient-Centered Medical Home Advisory Committee as the nation’s only health plan representative, as well as, the co-chair for the Health Plan Association of New York State Medical Director Advisory Committee, and the National Board of Directors at the American Cancer Society (Eastern Division).

The Board of Trustees is an eighteen member organization which governs The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care (CHPC). CHPC is one of the largest and most respected hospice and palliative (comfort) care programs in the nation, serving nearly 1,000 patients a day in Erie County homes, assisted living, group and nursing homes, and the Mary & Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Hospice Inpatient Unit in Cheektowaga. Palliative care-trained CHPC staff cares for individuals with serious illness, as well as their families and caregivers through a continuum of care spanning the course of illness through bereavement. CHPC affiliates include Hospice Buffalo, Home Connections (adult palliative care program), Essential Care for Children, Wilson Support Center, the Palliative Care Institute, and the Hospice Foundation of WNY. Hospice Buffalo helps people make choices about care, supports those who are grieving, and educates the professional and lay communities on end-of-life issues.

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