Management & Board

Our team of leaders want to ensure the best quality of care for your loved one and your family. They share a common mission – commitment to quality, compassionate care to relieve suffering, enhance comfort and make the most of life throughout the course of a serious or terminal illness.

Mike Testa, President & CEO

Testa comes to CHPC with more than 20 years of managerial and leadership experience in healthcare, business administration and education. He relocated to Chautauqua County from Billings, Montana where he worked at RiverStone Health for more than nine years, the last two serving as vice president of Home Care and Hospice Services. Testa earned a Bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Ashford University, and an MBA from Fitchburg State University.

Thomas Putnam, MD, Medical Director

Serving as medical director since 2010, Dr. Putnam leads the medical team to ensure all patients are receiving expert care throughout their illness and works closely with the patient’s primary care physician. He also is the only board-certified palliative care physician in Chautauqua County. Throughout Dr. Putnam’s medical tenure, he’s also worked in family practice. Dr. Putnam began his education at Houghton College and continued to Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He then completed his residency in Family Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and a fellowship in International Health in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Michael Mitchell, MD, Hospice Physician

Providing guidance to his patients during their final journey in life is a rewarding experience for Dr. Mitchell. He joined Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care in 2011. In addition to his work with hospice, he also serves as the Medical Director of Heritage Group. Dr. Mitchell received his undergraduate degree from Penn State before continuing on to receive his medical degree from the College of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in family medicine at Hamot Hospital and his fellowship in sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care Board Members

Sham Bahgat
Janese Berkhouse
Joy Bilharz
Kathie Cracium-Wright
David Dengler
Ann Eckman
Carmen Hlosta
Gary Kindberg
Ellen Luczkowiak
Charles Rice
Sue Sosinski
Lori Thierfeldt
Matthew Wehr, MD
Michael White