Judy Thomas, JD

Project: "California Advanced Illness Collaborative"
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
Sacramento, CA

Judy Thomas is CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC), a coalition of organizations, institutions, healthcare providers, state agencies and individuals working together to increase access to high-quality, compassionate palliative and end-of-life care for all people. Through advocacy, education, and resource development, CCCC is transforming the culture of care for people who are seriously ill throughout the country.

Judy is an attorney who has worked in healthcare for more than 20 years. Previously, she was a lobbyist for LeadingAge of California and the California Hospital Association, where she focused on aging and long-term supports and services. She was formerly a partner in the Sacramento-based law firm of Hunter, Richey, Di Benedetto & Brewer, where she specialized in healthcare law. Before law school, Judy was a computer programmer for the nation’s first preferred provider organization.

Judy is Chair of the National POLST (Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment) Paradigm Task Force, working to ensure patients’ wishes are honored. She is Past President of the California Culture Change Coalition, which was formed to make nursing homes great places to live and work. Judy is an expert, sought-out by local and national audiences interested in palliative care, advance care planning and coalition building.

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