Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team


Deborah Goodman, MSN, RN, CHPCA
Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Goodman has 19 years of experience as a hospice administrator and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hospice of Midland since 2014. Ms. Goodman has prior experience in a variety of healthcare and education settings including occupational and public health, emergency and cardiac care. She was an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Clinical Nurse Specialist for Presbyterian Healthcare Services based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and coordinated clinical education for the healthcare system. Deborah served in the military as a Medical Specialist in the Panama Canal Zone. She graduated from College of the Redwoods then received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Humboldt and a Master of Science from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She taught RN to BSN students for 10 years. Deborah was the first person to achieve the highest designation for Hospice Manager Development from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, received certification as a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse in 2007, and is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator. Deborah was a member of the West Virginia Network of Ethics Committees and served as President of the West Virginia State Hospice Organization. She is an ELNEC (End of Life Education Consortium) Trainer, was designated as a Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association Approved Educator, and served as Graduate Coach for the Dale Carnegie Leadership Course.

Jacque Burklow, BSN, RN, CHPCA
Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Jacque Burklow graduated from West Texas A&M University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and began her career working full time as a critical care nurse.  After accepting an on-call position with BSA Hospice on her days off, she soon discovered her passion and calling for hospice nursing.  Ms. Burklow began her leadership tenure in 1999 as the Director of Nurses. Then, in 2004, she earned her credentials as a certified hospice and palliative care nurse. Jacque managed BSA Hospice for 13 years then was promoted to the role of Director of Healthcare Services for Interim Healthcare.  She was active in the start-up operation for both Amarillo and Pampa, Texas locations.  After almost eight years as the Director, she was again promoted to General Manager, Operations Specialist, and Chief Nursing Officer for all hospice operations throughout Texas and New Mexico.  In April of 2016, Ms. Burklow accepted the position of Chief Operations Officer at Hospice of Midland and has achieved her credentialing as a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator. She has volunteered in numerous capacities throughout the years and is most proud of her service as a past Rotary Club President and believes in the motto of “service above self”.

Shylesh R. Ganta, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Shylesh Ganta received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Siddhartha Medical College Vijayawada, India. He went on to complete three internal medicine programs, two residency programs at Edgewater Medical Center, Chicago, and the third at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Odessa. Dr. Ganta has been in private practice in Midland since 2000. He is ABIM board-certified in internal medicine and a board-certified hypertension specialist. Dr. Ganta was voted a favorite physician in Midland and is currently the Chief of Staff at HealthSouth Hospital in Midland.

Hospice Physicians


Paul M. Slaughter, DO, FAAFP, CMD, HDMC

Dr. Paul Slaughter is a family practice specialist and has practiced medicine since 1979. Dr. Slaughter is a graduate of the University of North Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Slaughter has diverse medical experience including military service with the United States Air Force. He belongs to several professional organizations to include the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Texas Geriatrics Society, Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, Texas Medical Director Association and is Board Certified in Healthcare Quality Management. Dr. Slaughter currently serves as Medical Director for Permian Regional Medical Center’s QuickCare Clinic and Medical Director of Permian Residential Care Center in Andrews.

Robert A. Vogel, MD

Dr. Robert Vogel is an internal medicine specialist and has been practicing in Midland for 35 years. Born and reared in Midland, he attended Rice University, Baylor Medical School, then The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Vogel has provided palliative care with hospice since returning to Midland. He greatly enjoys serving the patients of Hospice of Midland and their families.

Advanced Practice Nurses


Donna Paul, MSN, FNP, ACHPN

Ms. Donna Paul is a full-time Family Nurse Practitioner with Hospice of Midland. Ms. Paul is from Midland and graduated with her first nursing degree from Midland College. She went on to pursue her Bachelors Degree in Nursing graduating from the University Of Michigan as Summa Cum Laude and received the Oustanding RN Student in Cohort. Practitioner Paul then received her Master's Degree from Michigan State University. She has over 35 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and 15 years as a Nurse Practitioner with nine of those years in hospice care. Ms. Paul has her Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (ACHPCN) certification – one of 50 in the state of Texas. She is an expert in evaluation for admission and recertification, symptom management, and in education for the staff at Hospice of Midland and in the community.

Barbara Norris, ANP-C

Ms. Barbara Norris is an Adult Nurse Practitioner specialist in Odessa, Texas. She graduated in 2011, has many years of diverse experience and is Hospice and Palliative Medicine certified. She is affiliated with several area hospitals including Permian Regional Medical Center, Andrews, Texas.

Ubaldo Estrada, Jr., MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-C

Ubaldo Estrada, Jr., “Ubi”, is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner originally from Odessa, Texas. Mr. Estrada graduated from Odessa College with an Associate Degree in Nursing, then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health & Science Center, and ultimately became a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2016 through South University of Georgia. Mr. Estrada practiced under the direction of Dr. Scotty Ortega while providing care in clinics, skilled nursing facilities and Midland’s Oceans Behavioral Hospital. Estrada joined Dr. Paul Slaughter’s medical office and has expanded his scope of care to the hospice setting in addition to his personal practice. Practitioner Estrada is dedicated to the community of West Texas and providing valuable palliative care to its people.

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