Agrace: Adds five directors to boards

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MADISON, Wis. – Agrace, Wisconsin’s largest nonprofit community hospice and palliative care agency, has appointed five new board members: Laura Douglass and Ann Sheehy have been named to the Agrace Board of Directors, and R. Hugh Boysen, Linda Krohn and Patrick Ryan will serve on the Agrace Foundation Board.

Agrace is a local, nonprofit hospice and palliative care agency that provides specialized care and support to patients and their families facing serious illness. The agency has provided end-of-life care to people in the greater Madison and Janesville communities for 35 years and recently added palliative care services to complement its hospice program.

The Agrace Board is responsible for the operations of the organization of more than 500 employees and 1,000 volunteers, and guides the delivery of care to patients and families. The Agrace Foundation Board guides fundraising, as well as the management of current and future needs of the organization.

Laura L. Douglass, RN
Douglass, president and CEO of Next Generation Clinical Research, comes to the board with a nursing degree, advanced training in pharmacology and business, and more than 20 years’ experience leading professional personnel in the field of pharmaceutical research.

Ann M. Sheehy, MD, MS
Sheehy is a clinical associate professor of medicine and director of the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She appeared on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2013, a prestigious honor decided by impartial peer review and earned by only 5 percent of doctors in the United States. Both Douglass and Sheehy bring extensive, valuable medical knowledge to the Agrace Board.

R. Hugh Boysen, CPA
A principal with SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C., Boysen is a member of SVA’s healthcare and dental industry groups. He specializes in advising physicians, dentists and other professionals on business and financial management. His financial expertise will help the Agrace Foundation Board achieve its financial goals and objectives.

Linda Krohn, MSW
Krohn established the Oncology Social Work department within the Mercy Hospital Cancer Outpatient and Treatment Clinic in Janesville. Her 34 years of experience with patients and families as a social worker add to the diversity of the Board. Krohn has also served as a volunteer with Agrace, providing direct patient care.

Patrick T. Ryan
Ryan, president, co-owner and CFO of Ryan Brothers Ambulance Service, is directly accountable for all operational and financial aspects of the privately held ambulance service serving southern Wisconsin. As a board member, Ryan will apply his past successes in business growth and leadership to the goals of Agrace’s Foundation as it supports Agrace’s mission.

For more information about Agrace, call (608) 276-4660 or visit

Founded in 1978, Agrace is a nonprofit, community-based hospice and palliative care agency dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to patients and families facing the challenges of serious illness. With offices in Madison and Janesville, Agrace serves more than 625 patients every day in southern Wisconsin.