Our Mission

The mission of the Putnam County Hospice and Palliative Care Association is to enhance the quality of life and reduce suffering by increasing the number of Putnam County residents who experience the benefits of utilizing hospice and palliative care services.  This will be accomplished through education of medical care providers and residents of Putnam County and by providing support, care coordination, and navigational resources.

The PCHPCA was established through one of many gifts by Putnam County’s First Lady of Philanthropy, Mary Louise Miller. Touched by a friend’s experience with hospice and palliative care, Mary Louise had a vision that all residents of Putnam County would have access to these standards of care. The Association’s work realizes her vision through community engagement and provider education.

Our Leadership

The Board of Directors is a dedicated group of individuals representing health care, elder care facilities, funeral homes, the faith community, caregivers, and others committed to the mission of the association.

Julianne M. Miranda, President – End of Life and Grief Coach
Danise Baird, Vice President – Home Health Care Provider, Indiana Home Care Plus
Joni Perkins, Recording Secretary – Director of Nursing, Putnam County Hospital
Elaine Peck, Treasurer – Executive Director, Putnam County Community Foundation

Board Members
Jinsie Bingham – Putnam County Community Foundation Appointee
Paul Champion, Retired Clergy
Kayla Chiles – Patient Care Coordinator, Great Lakes Caring Home Health & Hospice
Sharon Nicoson – Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner, Putnam County Hospital
Charity Pankratz – School Psychologist, Old National Trail
John Savage – Hospitalist, Putnam County Hospital
Dennis Weatherford – CEO, Putnam County Hospital

Putnam County Hospice and Palliative Care Association Director
Tammy Hunter