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).


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 Care”, 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


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

Evening for the Angels

Join us for an evening with the stars, under the stars in the courtyard at the Richland Red Lion as we gather to support Chaplaincy Hospice House. This year’s theme is “The Great American Songbook” performed by Cathy Kelly, accompanied by Steve Haberman. New this year is a Social Hour beginning at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. As usual, we’ll be serving superb wines and decadent chocolates.

Memorial Service

We at Chaplaincy Hospice Care invite you and other family members to a memorial service. We will honor those loved ones who died, in a service of recognition, music, and prayer. Anyone remembering a loved one who has died is welcome.

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception to follow Place: First Christian Church, 1921 S. Olympia St., Kennewick WA

Love and death touch every person in a totally unique way. We find comfort and strength in meeting and sharing with others who are making the same journey.

We invite you to bring a picture or other small memento of your loved one to the memorial service. There will be a time to bring those forward during the service, as well as place a lighted candle in honor of your loved one. Pictures and mementos may be picked up following the service.

There will be a time during the service when you and others in your family will be given the opportunity to speak aloud the name of your loved one, if you wish to do so.

Please invite other family members and friends whom you think may want to attend. All are welcome.

Chaplaincy Health Care Spring Newsletter

Our Spring Newsletter is blooming with information! Read about our 2nd annual Heart of Healing fundraising event for Cork’s Place and the announcement of our second thrift store location. That’s right! Repeat Boutique will be opening the end of March in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland.

Our spring support groups are listed as well as our current “wish lists” for each program. Your support makes a big different and allows us to continue offering quality compassionate care to those in our community who are dealing with serious illness, end-of-life, or loss.

Click here to read the Spring Newsletter.


Memorial Service

Please join us for a special memorial service of recognition, music and prayer. Anyone who wants to remember a loved one who has died is welcome.

Lighting the Path Breakfast

Join us for the Lighting the Path Breakfast to learn about the many ways Chaplaincy Health Care touches lives in our community.

Harvest Craft & Bake Sale

Stop by the Harvest Craft & Bake Sale at the Repeat Boutique, 22 W. Kennewick Ave to get some holiday shopping done for yourself or loved ones. There will be a wide selection of small quilts, table runners, bibs for babies and adults, aprons for kids and adults, hand-crafted candles and more!

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Chaplaincy Hospice Care.

Understanding Grief: An Introduction

This one-time session is open to adults experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one. It is an educational experience and a unique support opportunity. Fee: NO COST. Call Cheryl at (509) 572-0593 for more information or to register.

Living with Grief: When Grief is Complicated

Join us on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at our Spaulding Facility (1480 Fowler St., Richland, WA 99352) as we present Hospice Foundation of America’s annual Living with Grief program. This year’s theme is “When Grief is Complicated” and it addresses the fact that while most individuals can cope with loss and subsequent grief in ways defined by their culture as appropriate, research shows that  between 10 and 20 percent of individuals who experience loss experience more disabling reactions, including Complicated Grief or other conditions triggered by the loss, such as PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Adjustment Disorder or substance abuse. Complicated Grief reactions may also be a factor in physical illness. The program looks at how to identify disabling grief reactions and when referrals to specially trained clinicians or professionals may be indicated and necessary.

There is no cost to attend this program, unless you are purchasing CE credits. Registration begins at 10:00 am, the program runs from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm with a thirty-minute panel discussion following. Lunch will be served and is sponsored by Nuclear Care Partners.

For more information, please contact Wanda Kontur, Grief Care Specialist at (509) 783-7416 or by email at wandak@chaplaincyhealthcare.org.