Demonstrated Leadership

Hospice of the Valley is proud to be recognized for our expertise in end-of-life medical care and support at local, regional and national levels. Our team is most accomplished.

Sally Adelus, president and chief executive officer of Hospice of the Valley, is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization  (NHPCO) Board of Directors, a member of the NHPCO Executive Committee and its Regulatory Committee. She also is a member of the Rotary Club of San José, California. Ms. Adelus is formerly chairman of the California Hospice Foundation, past president of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA), past member of the NHPCO Governance Committee and past Board member of the American Society of Pain Management Nursing. She was named a finalist in the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award in 2012.

Jim Ptak, chief financial officer, has presented at national educational forums on achieving financial strength in hospice care organizations. Jim also serves on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association work group.

Neal Slatkin, MD, DABPM, vice-president of medical services and chief medical officer, and neurologist, pain and palliative care physician, oversees a team of hospice physicians and guides the overall direction of all medical programs. He was recognized by Castle-Connolly as one of America’s Top Doctors in Cancer for 2007, 2008 and 2009, ranked among the 25 best cancer doctors in America, acknowledging his work in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in adults and children. He is a coveted speaker at national and international conferences related to palliative care and hospice. Prior to joining Hospice of the Valley, Dr. Slatkin was the director of supportive care, pain and palliative medicine and a professor in the department of neurology at City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, CA, where he served as prinicipal investigator for numerous clinical drug studies exploring new treatment options for pain and other symptoms arising from cancer and diabetes mellitus. He was also the founding chair of City of Hope’s Institutional Bioethics Committee and served as an expert reviewer for the Medical Board of California. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with subspecialty certification in pain management; Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine; and a Diplomate of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Senior Director of Patient Services Joyce Holleman, RN, is a member of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association Education Committee.

Brad Leary, MSW, LCSW, director of the Community Grief & Counseling Center, is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the National Association of Social Workers and the Greater Bay Area Pediatric Bereavement Alliance.  He has presented at CHAPCA conferences and webinars.

Chaplain Pam Nates is a member of the Santa Clara Medical Association Ethics Committee.

Karen Nolan, RN, Clinical Outreach Manager, is a member of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association Board of Directors representing Region 5.

Jamie Van Zanen, MSW, and Connie Kay, MSW, are trainers for the Santa Clara Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Coalition.

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