JKV Leader Named to the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association Board

Ketti Dawson, director of Village Hospice, recently was named to the board of directors of the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association.


As a board member, Ketti attends quarterly association meetings. She also must set personal strategic goals that assist the association in achieving its defined goals and mission to support and strengthen coordinated care for terminally ill Missourians and their families through the advancement of hospice and palliative care.


The association advocates for hospice agencies. They are involved in state-level legislative activity, working to educate elected officials, other health care entities and the public as well as association members.


A long-time member, Ketti said she personally benefits from being involved in grassroots advocacy and seeing how policy can change.


“During my 10-plus years as a hospice administrator, there have been many changes in the hospice world and being a part of the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association enables us to be proactive and to implement changes and roll with them when the time comes,” Ketti said.


Being a contributing member of the association has provided Ketti opportunities to share information and help educate other hospice providers. She has given presentations at several conferences and worked to build a hospice manager training program.


“We are proud and honored to have Ketti named to the MHPCA board of directors,” said Rodney McBride, vice president of health and community services. “Village Hospice and, really, the Village as a whole, benefits greatly from Ketti’s involvement, especially with the association’s involvement and influence on advocating for change that could increase funding, limit government control and forming relationships across the state and with our representatives.”