Appointed by Governor to 4-year terms: Donald F. D'Aquila, Pharm.D., 2020; Marian S. Grant, D.N.P., 2020; Shahid Aziz, M.D., 2021.
Elena S. Boisvert, Esq.; M. Jane Markley, R.N.; Yvette Oquendo-Berruz, M.D.; Karen B. Smith, Pharm.D.; Christine Snook Watts, R.N. Terms expire 2022.
Geoffrey Coleman, M.D.; Rabbi Steven M. Glazer; Susan K. Lyons. Terms expire 2023.
Tiffany J. Grant-Callender; Christopher D. Kearney, M.D. Terms expire 2024.
Margaret A. (Peggy) Funk; Gail S. Mansell. Terms expire 2025.
Nicole Lopez de Victoria. Terms expire 2026.
Appointed by Senate President: Benjamin F. Kramer
Appointed by House Speaker: one vacancy
Ex officio: Paul J. Ballard, designee of Attorney General; Stevanne A. Ellis, designee of Secretary of Aging; Christian J. Miele, Esq., designee of Secretary of Disabilities; Patricia Tomsko (Tricia) Nay, M.D., designee of Secretary of Health.
Staff: Kathleen M. Todd
300 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, October 2019. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
In December 2002, the State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life was created (Chapter 265, Acts of 2002). It reformed in October 2008 (Chapters 562 & 563, Acts of 2008).
On changes in laws related to the provision of care at the end of life, the Council advises the General Assembly, the Attorney General's Office, the Department of Aging, and the Maryland Department of Health.
The impact of State statutes, regulations, and public policies on the care provided to the dying is studied by the Council. In 2005, for example, the Council studied issues concerned with establishing a statewide registry for advance health care directives. In addition, the Council monitors trends in the provision of care to patients with fatal illnesses, and participates in public and professional educational efforts concerned with the care of the dying.
Twenty-three members compose the Council. Of these, seventeen are appointed by the Governor; one is chosen by the Senate President; one is named by the House Speaker. Four serve ex officio (Code Health-General Article, secs. 13-1601 through 13-1604).
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