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  • Karen M. Wyatt

Ep. 19: The Future of Hospice Care in the U.S. with Don Schumacher, PsyD

Join Dr. Karen Wyatt and her guest Don Schumacher, President and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. In this interview you will learn:


How hospice care is growing in the U.S.

What still needs to change in end-of-life care

What you can do to promote better end-of-life care for yourself, your loved ones, your community and our nation


J. Donald Schumacher, PsyD, is the President and CEO, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Dr. Schumacher has more than 30 years experience in hospice and palliative care administration. Since 2002, he has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), which is the largest nonprofit leadership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the world. In 2003, he was appointed as the President and CEO of NHPCO’s subsidiary organization, the National Hospice Foundation. He became the President of FHSSA (originally the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa) in 2004. He also became the President of The Hospice Action Network in 2007.


From 1989 until he joined NHPCO in 2002, Dr. Schumacher served as the President and CEO of The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Buffalo, New York. During his tenure, he led the development of an integrated hospice campus in the Buffalo, New York area, launching a variety of hospice-related organizations including nursing homes and mental health and pediatric care facilities, as well as a stellar bereavement education program. Among his other notable professional endeavors, Dr. Schumacher was the President and Founder of The Hospice of Mission Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, which was established as one of the first HIV/AIDS hospices in the U.S.


Dr. Schumacher is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York and Massachusetts and holds a doctorate degree in psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Boston, Massachusetts. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned his M.S. degree in counseling psychology.



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