It’s Never too Late to Thank a Veteran, Even at the End of Life

Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military.

These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. Honoring our nation’s Veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives, especially at the end.

As our nation marks Veterans Day, Chaplaincy Hospice Care deepens our commitment to increase Veterans’ access to the compassionate, high-quality care available from the nation’s hospice and palliative care providers. One of the ways we’re making this happen is through our active involvement with We Honor Veterans, an innovative program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization that we created in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

There is something else that’s important for every American to do – and that is to say, “thank you” to our country’s Veterans. Not just on November 11 but all year long.

Ask your friends, neighbors, coworkers and others in your community whether they have served in the military (you may be surprised how many have)—and thank those who have served for their sacrifice.

It surprises many Americans to learn that every day, 1,800 Veterans die. That’s more than 680,000 Veterans every year – or 25 percent of all the people who die in this country annually.

If you know a Veteran who is in need of the special care hospice brings to people facing serious and life-limiting illness, please reach out and help them learn more about care options by visiting www.ChaplaincyHealthCare.org.

To all our nation’s Veterans, thank you.

If you are interested in helping us honor those veterans, please contact Malia F at (509) 460-5813 or maliaf@chaplaincyhealthcare.org


End-of Life-Conference

Join us for the 3rd Annual End-of-Life Conference: The Art and Science of Managing Advanced Illness

Gain greater understanding of the complex issues in providing palliative and end-of-life care. The event's focus will be on clinical and cultural leadership, the role of the interdisciplinary team, medical cannabinoids, spiritual care, Hospice 101, pain and symptom management and the care every patient deserves. 6.5 CMEs (available).

Venue

Three Rivers Convention Center
7016 W. Grandridge Blvd
Kennewick, WA 99336

AGENDA

7:15 AM - 7:45 AM  —  Registration
7:45 AM - 7:55 AM —  Welcome & Reflection
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM —  Key Note Presentation: "The Best Care Possible: Clinical and Cultural Leadership for the 21st Century" by Ira Byock, MD
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM  —  Break & Book Sale/Signing with Dr. Ira Byock
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  —  Medical Cannabinoids, Brian Lawenda, MD
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  —  "We all Care: Key elements to Successful Communication in Dealing with the Seriously Ill" by Rainy Sauer, MDIV, BCC, GCPC, Chaplain, Chaplaincy Health Care
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM  —  Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  —  Breakout Session #1
Concurrent Session A
"You Too, Can Provide Spiritual Cares", Tim Ledbetter, DMin, BCC, Chaplain Supervisor, Chaplaincy Health Care
Concurrent Session B
"Hospice 101", Wayne Kohan, MD
Concurrent Session C
"What Every Patient Deserves", Mary Ann Clute, PhD, LICSW and Rie Kobayashi, PhD, LMSW
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM  —  Break
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM  —  Breakout Session #2
Concurrent Session A
"You Too, Can Provide Spiritual Cares", Tim Ledbetter, DMin, BCC, Chaplain Supervisor, Chaplaincy Health Care
Concurrent Session B
"Delirium - Ideas for Treating Our Least Favorite Symptom", Wayne Kohan, MD
Concurrent Session C
"What Every Patient Deserves", Mary Ann Clute, PhD, LICSW and Rie Kobayashi, PhD, LMSW
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM  —  Break
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  —  "Searching for Wellness: Tools to Cultivate Resilience in a Culture of Burnout", Gregg VandeKieft, MD, MA, Hospice & Palliative Care Specialist, Providence Health Systems
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM  —  Wrap up and CMEs

 

Accommodations

If you wish to stay the night Friday, October 19 or Saturday, October 20, a special conference rate of $129 is available at the Spring Hill Suites hotel, conveniently adjoining the conference center. Click here to reserve your room. 

If calling in a reservation, use the Group Code: CHCC

SpringHill Suites, Kennewick
7048 West Grandridge Boulevard
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 820-3026


End-of-Life Conference Registration Open

Chaplaincy Health Care’s third annual CME/CEU End-of-Life Conference is Friday, October 19, 2018, at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ira Byock, a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.

The conference is geared toward the health care community including RNs, ARNPs, MDs, and Social Workers and will provide an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the complex issues in providing palliative and end-of-life care. Topics covered include clinical and cultural leadership, the role of the inter-disciplinary team, medical cannabinoids, spiritual care, Hospice 101,  symptom management for delirium, providing the care every patient deserves and how to cultivate resilience in a culture of burnout. Brenda Swenson, Director of Hospice Outreach for Chaplaincy Hospice Care said, ‘This is a great opportunity to earn 6.5 CMEs/CEUs while hearing from some of the best and brightest in the field of end-of-life care.”

Chaplaincy's End-of-Life Conference Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ira Byock.

Dr. Ira Byock, Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ira Byock’s presentation titled “The Best Care Possible” focuses on clinical and cultural leadership, tackling the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and his quest to transform care through the end of life. After his presentation, Dr. Byock will be available, with his book The Best Care Possible,  for purchase and signing.

The conference agenda also features regional experts such as:

  • Dr. Brian Lawenda, renowned Harvard-trained Radiation Oncologist, Stanford/UCLA-trained Medical Acupuncturist, Integrative Oncologist and former U.S. Navy Commander who serves as Northwest Cancer Clinic’s Medical Director speaking about medical cannabinoids.
  • Rainy Sauer holds a Masters of Divinity, is a Board Certified Chaplain and recently received her Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care from the University of Washington. She has worked with palliative care patients for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center and recently joined the Chaplaincy Palliative Care team. She will present key elements to successful communication with seriously ill patients.
  • Dr. Gregg VandeKieft is the Southwest Washington Regional Medical Director for Palliative Care for Providence St. Joseph’s Health. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. His topic focuses on searching for wellness and he will provide some much needed tools to help cultivate resilience in midst of burnout.

These are just a few of dynamic speakers on board for the day. See the full agenda and a list of breakout session topics and speakers here.

Registration is open. The Early Bird rate for the conference is $100 before October 5, 2018. After that date, the regular registration rate is $125. There is a discount for full-time students studying in a health care related field. Online registration is available here. This conference has been approved for 6.5 continuing education credits are available for nurses, physicians and social workers. For questions or additional information, please call (509) 783-7416 or email: brendas@chaplaincyhealthcare.org


Clergy Breakfast

A gathering of area clergy and congregational leaders for fellowship, inspiration and education. The continuing education topic for this breakfast meeting is “The Role of Clergy in End-of-Life Discussions and Care of Congregants”.

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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.

Accommodations

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