To best serve the individuals and families, High Peaks Hospice splits our 5 county territory into two teams. Each is staffed with its own “interdisciplinary team.” This phrase is usually used in describing medical services but in hospice care it expands to include a wide variety of hospice services – all of which contribute and are essential to the total hospice experience. Exactly what IS a hospice interdisciplinary team and why is it important?

What sets hospice apart from traditional end of life care is that it is multi-faceted: it cares for not just the physical comfort but also the social, spiritual, emotional and practical. For this reason, the hospice team includes the following:

  • Hospice Medical Director
  • RN/Patient Care Coordinator
  • RN/Case Manager
  • Licensed Practical Nurses & Hospice Aides
  • Social Worker
  • Chaplain
  • Bereavement Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator

These individuals make up the hospice Interdisciplinary Team which, along with the patients own physician make decisions about patient care: Always taking patient choices into consideration. Together this team works to bring the individual and their family “dignity, comfort and peace” through the final months, weeks and days. They meet regularly to assess patient status and to make adjustments to treatment as the disease progresses.

In addition, you can contact the Administrative Team to address your concerns and questions regarding billing and insurance issues, ethical issues, fundraising and outreach, as well as any complaints or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us, Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.

The Leadership Team at High Peaks Hospice does just that – it leads.

Comprised of all supervisory staff, the Leadership Team oversees the operations of the agency and, equally as important, makes sure that the staff and volunteers are given the best chance to perform their jobs effectively and with the best interest of those we serve foremost in their efforts. Understanding that the whole is the sum of its parts, the Leadership Team strives to maintain the emotional health and well being of staff and volunteers.

Leadership Team

Nicholas George, Executive Director

Marie Marvullo, Director of Hospice Services

Phil Pekar, Head of Nursing

Mel Duerr, Clinical Lead

High Peaks Hospice is very fortunate to be led by a diverse, committed and involved Board of Directors. Each individual on the Board of Directors brings a special expertise and unique perspective to the board.

The Board of Directors represents all areas of the agency’s 5,400 square mile service area.

2019 Board of Directors

  • Peggy Wiltberger, BSN, President, Saranac Lake
  • Amy Foy, Vice President, Schroon Lake
  • Mark Quaresima, MD, Secretary, Queensbury
  • Julie Connors, Treasurer, Lake Placid
  • Beatrice Bequin, Tupper Lake
  • Jacquelyn Dunn, Lake Luzerne
  • Jim Horwitz, Esq, Queensbury
  • Sr. Donna Irvine, SSND, South Glens Falls
  • Michael Miles, MD, Queensbury
  • Sharon Shannon, FNP, Queensbury