2021 HPCAI Volunteer Recognition Recipients

Harold Remmenga*Burgess Health CenterOnawa
Burgess Health Center Hospice TeamBurgess Health CenterOnawa
Care Initiatives Hospice – Cedar Rapids TeamCare Initiatives HospiceCedar Rapids
Teddy Ann EmersonCare Initiatives HospiceDes Moines
Harold Kilcrease*Care Initiatives HospiceDes Moines
Mimi LeonardCare Initiatives HospiceDes Moines
Care Initiatives Hospice – Greenfield TeamCare Initiatives HospiceGreenfield
Brenda OehlerkingCare Initiatives HospiceSioux City
Care Initiatives Hospice Sioux City TeamCare Initiatives HospiceSioux City
Care Initiatives Hospice – Waterloo TeamCare Initiatives HospiceWaterloo
Pamela AndersonCedar Valley HospiceGrundy Center
Kay PintCedar Valley HospiceIndependence
Barb and Wayne FrostCedar Valley HospiceWaterloo
Cedar Valley Hospice – All TeamsCedar Valley Hospice 
Alfred Janssen*Cedar Valley HospiceWaverly
Cherokee Regional Hospice TeamCherokee Regional HospiceCherokee
Shirley ReihmanEssence of Life HospiceAmana
Diana Romero-WehrEssence of Life HospiceAmana
EveryStep-Council Bluffs TeamEveryStepCouncil Bluffs
EveryStep-Des Moines TeamEveryStepDes Moines/Perry and Kavanaugh House
EveryStep Hospice Mount Ayr TeamEveryStepMount Ayr
Carol BergGunderson Palmer HospiceWest Union
Sue ZimmerGunderson Palmer HospiceWest Union
Gloria WillemsenHospice of PellaPella
Hospice of Pella TeamHospice of PellaPella
Eric CarlsonHospice Serving Davis and Wapello CountiesOttumwa
Hospice Serving Davis and Wapello Counties TeamHospice Serving Davis and Wapello CountiesOttumwa
Marcia BannisterHoward County Community HospiceCresco
Bill Ondrashek*Howard County Community HospiceCresco
Howard County Community Hospice TeamHoward County Community HospiceCresco
Iowa City Hospice TeamIowa City HospiceIowa City
Diane KlecknerMyrtue Medical Center HospiceHarlan
Myrtue Medical Center Hospice TeamMyrtue Medical Center HospiceHarlan
Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice TeamSoutheast Iowa Regional HospiceWest Burlington
Sandy LichtUnityPoint HospiceFort Dodge
Marilyn SavageUnityPoint HospiceFort Dodge
Yvonne HoagUnityPoint HospiceUrbandale
Tim KautzaUnityPoint HospiceUrbandale
WesleyLife Hospice TeamWesleyLife HospiceUrbandale


The Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa (HPCAI) is a voluntary membership association representing Iowa hospice agencies providing end-of-life care through various locations across the state. The association is governed by a board of directors and has been in existence since 1981. As the only organization in Iowa dedicated solely to this segment of the health care industry, HPCAI positions itself as the voice of hospice care in the state of Iowa.

HPCAI is the best source for information about the business of hospice care in the state. Whether you are a person looking for hospice services for yourself or a loved one, a hospice provider looking for continuing education or a business who provides services to hospice agencies, HPCAI strives to provide you with the information and services you need. Membership is open to Iowa hospice providers as well as businesses that offer products and services to Iowa hospices.

Our Mission

HPCAI strives to be the statewide leader in the enhancement of end-of-life care through representation of and service to hospice and palliative care providers.

Our Vision

HPCAI supports Iowan’s access to quality palliative and hospice care consistent with their individual needs.

HPCAI Priorities

  • Help members provide quality end-of-life care
  • Educate the general public about hospice
  • Build and strengthen relationships with palliative care
  • Advocate and represent the interests of Iowa hospices at the state and federal levels
  • Form coalitions that support hospice


  • Advance quality end-of-life care.
  • Serve as the united voice for hospice and palliative care issues before policy makers and other organizations while also engaging hospice advocates in supporting hospice and palliative care issues.
  • Provide professional education and information to enhance skills and knowledge in the provisions of hospice care and palliative care.
  • Collaborate with other organizations and health care providers as opportunities arise.
  • Continue to sustain a viable organization.