End-of-Life Conference

  • Registration and vendor exhibits begin at 7:30 a.m.
  • Program begins at 8:30 a.m.

Conference Purpose

Participants will gain greater understanding of the complex issues in providing palliative and end-of-life care.  Focus will be on terminally ill, aged, Alzheimer’s and pediatric populations. Topics will include communication techniques, quality of life management and grief care.

Continuing Education: 6.75 contact hours

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Washington State Medical Association through the joint providership of Benton Franklin County Medical Society (BFCMS) and Chaplaincy Health Care.  The BFCMS is accredited by the WSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians and nursing.

The BFCMS designates this conference activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians and nursing should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 6.75 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

Application has been submitted for 6.75 hours of CEUs to the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

Early Bird Registration

Fee is $75. Deadline: October 4, 2017.

Full-Time Student: $50

(Must be a full-time student in a health care profession. Student ID required and major may be verified.)

After October 4, 2017 Registration Fee: $100

Registrations will be accepted at 7:30 am the morning of the conference. No refunds for cancellations after October 4 or “no-shows”.

No shared registrations accepted. Substitute attendees are always welcome. Please notify Jannette Weber at jannettew@chaplaincyhealthcare.org if a substitute plans to attend in your place.


If you wish to stay the night Thursday, October 12 or Friday October 13 a special conference rate of $119 is available at the Spring Hill Suites hotel conveniently adjoining the conference center. Click here to reserve your room. Use code: CHPC

Conference Agenda

7:30 a.m.         Registration opens – Vendor exhibits open

8:30 a.m.         Having the Hard Conversation – Jeff Beck, MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital

10:35 a.m.       Break

10:45 a.m.        Alzheimer’s Disease Trajectory: From Diagnosis to End Stage – Nancy Isenberg, MD, Virginia Mason Medical Center Neurology

11:45 a.m.       A Caregiver’s Perspective: End-Stage Alzheimer’s –  What Professionals Need to Know –  Anne Koepsell, MHA

12:30 p.m.       Lunch

1:15 p.m.

  • Concurrent session A: Pediatric Palliative Care – Jeff Beck, MD
  • Concurrent session B: Mindful Encounters with Challenging Families – Catherine Zimmerman, LICSW

2:15 p.m.         Break

2:30 p.m.

  • Concurrent session A: Spiritual Care at the End of Life – Craig Timmons, MDiv., MEd
  • Concurrent session B: Mindful Encounters with Challenging Families – Catherine Zimmerman, LICSW (Repeat)
  • Concurrent session C: Grief Support for Children & Families – Heather Babler, Clinical Facilitator, Cork’s Place

3:30 p.m.         Break

3:45 p.m.

Palliative Care Panel – How Palliative Care Fills the Gap

  • Omar Khan, MD, Kadlec Regional Medical Center
  • Jannette Weber, RN, Director, Chaplaincy Palliative Care
  • Wayne Kohan, MD, Trios Palliative Care
  • Bonnie Davis, MD, Lourdes Health

4:45 p.m. – Closing, CME Certificates

Presentation handouts will not be provided. Conference materials and presentation slides available online October 6, 2017.  Click Here.

Thank you to our sponsors: Visiting Angels | Tri-City Cancer Center | Professional Case Management | Guardian Angel | Tri-City Home Health | Bellevue Healthcare

Register Now for the End-of-Life Conference

A smiling female doctor surrounded by a group of her elderly patients

Chaplaincy Health Care will hold a one-day conference on end-of-life care on Saturday, November 5, 2016. It will be held at the Three Rivers Convention Center from 8 am to 5 pm.

The conference is geared toward experienced practitioners and will provide an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the complex issues in providing palliative care including pain management, impact of moral trauma and grief, as well as an introduction to diverse perspectives at end-of-life.

Dr. Wayne Kohan is the Keynote Speaker with his presentation on “End-of-Life Pain Management: How to do it right”. Dr. Thomas Cooper will speak about end-of-life-care in long-term care facilities. Matthew Kuempel, M.Div. will speak on moral trauma and the impacts it has on end-of-life and Wanda Kontur, MSW will address grief and the power it has to transform. The day will end with a panel discussion about cultural issues at end-of-life.

The Early Bird rate for the conference is $50 if your register before October 14, 2016. After that date, the regular registration rate is $75. There is a discount for full-time students studying in a health care related field. You can register here. Continuing education credits are available for nurses, physicians and social workers.

If you are from out of the area and wish to stay the night, a special room rate has been set up at the Spring Hill Suites hotel that adjoins the conference room. Details regarding hotel reservation can be found on the conference registration page.

For questions or additional information, please call (509) 783-7416 or email: jannettew@chaplaincyhealthcare.org