This page will keep our members and the entire care at home community – including hospice, home care, palliative care, serious illness, and others – as informed as possible about the ongoing process of collaboration and possible combination of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Please read on for information about member town hall discussions, media coverage, the leaders guiding this process, and more.

This page will be updated as appropriate so please check back for news and information.

CEO Search

As NAHC and NHPCO continue working to create a new, combined organization to serve, support, and advocate for the national community of serious-illness and care-at-home providers, the Steering Committee that is leading the effort has selected Russell Reynolds Associates to conduct a national search for the inaugural CEO of the new organization. To share recommendation and/or express direct interest please reach out to Danielle Lafhaj at Russell Reynolds:


The member voice is a critical component to this exploration. As such, all members are invited to a series of joint Town Halls to hear updates on the process and participate in a Q&A with members of the Steering Committee leading this exploration.

Town Halls will be held on the following dates and are open to all members of the NHPCO and NAHC memberships:

Town Hall participation information, including the link to join, will be sent to members closer to each Town Hall.


NAHC and NHPCO Announce Transition Board of Directors
NAHC site // NHPCO site
NAHC and NHPCO Announce Transition Board of Directors
NAHC email // NHPCO email
Press releaseNHPCO and NAHC Boards Agree to Pursue Creation of a New, Combined Organization NAHC site | NHPCO site8/10/23
Member emailAnnouncing Letter of Intent (NHPCO) Annuncing Letter of Intent (NAHC)08/10/23
Member emailUpdate and Introduction of Steering Committee (NHPCO)
Update and Introduction of Steering Committee (NAHC)
Press releaseNAHC and NHPCO Exploring Collaboration Opportunities NAHC site | NHPCO site03/08/23
Member emailNHPCO and NAHC Exploring Collaboration Opportunities (NHPCO)
NHPCO and NAHC Exploring Collaboration Opportunities (NAHC)

Media Coverage

McKnight’sAs merger with NHPCO approaches, chief of NAHC reveals plans to stay through 202410/18/23
Home Care MagazineNAHC, NHPCO Merger Could Be Done in 202410/17/23
McKnight’sNAHC merger with NHPCO on track for implementation next year, leaders say10/16/23
McKnight’sThe strength of a united hospice house10/06/23
McKnight’s‘This is our time’: NHPCO leaders see opportunities for hospice field even as challenges persist10/03/23
Hospice NewsNHPCO COO and Interim CEO Ben Marcantonio: Collaboration a Watchword for 202410/03/23
Healthcare Services Investment NewsNAHC, NHPCO Sign LOI for Potential Merger08/11/23
Hospice NewsNAHC, NHPCO Inch Closer to Possible Combination08/10/23
Home Health Care NewsNAHC, NHPCO Sign Letter Of Intent To Potentially Combine08/10/23
McKnight’sNAHC, NHPCO likely to merge08/10/23
HomeCare MagazineNHPCO, NAHC Boards Agree to Pursue Creation of a New, Combined Organization08/10/23
McKnight’sProvider groups explore collaboration, stronger ties03/09/23
Hospice NewsNAHC, NHPCO Seek Greater Collaboration with ‘All Options on the Table’03/08/23

Steering Committee

Members and staff leaders from NHPCO and NAHC who are leading the process to create new, combined organization:

  • Ken Albert, NAHC Chair
  • Trisha Crissman, NHPCO National Director
  • Bill Dombi, NAHC President
  • Melinda Gruber, NHPCO Chair
  • Ben Marcantonio, NHPCO COO and Interim CEO
  • Norman McRae, NHPCO Immediate Past Chair
  • Susan Ponder-Stansel, NAHC Board Member
  • Lynne Sexten, NHPCO At-Large Executive Committee Member
  • William Simione, III, NAHC Treasurer
  • David Totaro, NAHC Board Member

NAHC-NHPCO Opportunity Assessment Workgroups

  • Workgroups comprised of members and staff are working on key elements of a combined organization. The Workgroups are focused on the following areas: Branding
  • CEO Search Advisory
  • Advocacy and Policy
  • Education
  • Finance and Operations
  • Governance and Nominating
  • Membership and Dues
  • Member Communities and Engagement
  • Member Services

See the full list of Workgroup members here.