Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life for patients (and their caregivers) facing life-threatening illness. The approach involves prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, assessment and treatment of pain and related physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems. Visit the World Health Organization for more information on the palliative care approach to improving quality of life.

Mission Statement

The mission of this Council is to promote Palliative Care in Alabama by improving consumer awareness of the positive effect of compassionate palliative care on the quality of life and care for individuals and families living with life-limiting illness.

This will be accomplished through establishment of a consumer and professional information and educational program within the Department of Public Health; and by facilitating collaboration among palliative care providers, organizations, institutions and individuals.

State Advisory Council on Palliative Care and Quality of Life

The State Advisory Council on Palliative Care and Quality of Life was created in 2015 to establish a palliative care consumer and professional information and education program. The Council meets quarterly. Information on previous and upcoming Council meetings, including agendas and minutes, are available below.


Next Meeting

August 11, 2017 at 10 a.m.
15th Floor, Ste 1586, RSA Tower
Montgomery, Alabama

August 11, 2017 - Agenda, Minutes
May 12, 2017 - Agenda, Minutes
February 10, 2017 - Agenda, Minutes
December 2, 2016 - Agenda, Minutes
August 12, 2016 - Agenda, Minutes
May 13, 2016 - Agenda, Minutes
February 19, 2016 - Agenda, Minutes (1.5 MB)
November 20, 2015 - Agenda, Minutes (2.5 MB)

2015-2018 Board Members for State Advisory Council on Palliative Care and Quality of Life

Name: Kristi A. Acker, D.N.P., A.C.H.P.N.
Proxy: Amy Beasley - University of Alabama
Representation: Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner
Appointed: 08/07/2015
Term Expires: 08/07/2018

Name: James R. Williams, D. Min., B.C.C.
System Director of Pastoral Care
Representation: Spiritual Professional Expertise
Appointed: 08/10/2015
Term Expires: 08/10/2018

Name: Rodney O. Tucker, M.D., M.M.M., (Chairman)
UAB Center for Palliative Care & Supportive Care
Proxy: Keith Swetz, M.D.
Representation: Hospice & Palliative Care Physician
Appointed: 08/12/2015
Term Expires: 08/12/2018

Name: Stormy Dismuke, C.N.O.
Hospice of Marshall Co.
Representation: AL Hospice & Palliative Care Association
Appointed: 08/19/2015
Term Expires: 08/19/2018

Name: Richard J. Brockman, J.D.
Burr Forman, LLP
Proxy: Angie Cameron-Smith - Burr Forman, LLP
Representation: Alabama Nursing Home Association
Appointed: 08/21/2015
Term Expires: 08/21/2018

Name: Beth Caine, Director - Psychiatry, Palliative Care & Geriatrics
Proxy: Danne Howard, ALAHA
Representation: Alabama Hospital Association
Appointed: 10/16/2015
Term Expires: 10/16/2018

Name: Karen Marlowe, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPE, (Co-Chair)
Proxy: Marilyn Bullock - Auburn University
Representation: Alabama Pharmacy Association
Appointed: 09/10/2015
Term Expires: 09/10/2018

Name: Peter Czapla, Owner, Quality Home Health Care
Proxy: Lisa Wells - Med South, Inc. & Affiliates
Representation: AL Durable Medical Equipment Assoc.
Appointed: 10/15/2015
Term Expires: 10/15/2018

Name: John G. Beard, MBA/JD, President
Alacare Home Health and Hospice
Proxy: Samira Williams - Alacare HH and Hospice
Representation: Home Care Association of Alabama
Appointed: 10/19/2015
Term Expires: 10/19/2018

For more information, contact: W.T. Geary, Jr., M.D. at (334) 206-5366 or e-mail:

Page last updated: August 9, 2017