Updated: Winter Storm Closure Information

Due to continual Winter Storm conditions Chaplaincy Health Care is implementing the following service modifications and closures for Thursday, February 14th.

  • Hospice – We continue to accept referrals, intakes and admissions.
  • In-Home Hospice: We are available 24/7 and are committed to getting to our patients no matter what the road conditions are. Patients and families please call your RN case manager directly if any needs should arise during regular office hours (8 am to 5 pm), or after 5 pm call (509) 783-7416 and your call will be routed to someone who can help.
  • Hospice House: Open
  • Palliative Care: Scheduled visits are being made as roads become more accessible. Nurses are available by phone.
  • Contract Chaplains: Chaplain availability will be determined based on each site’s needs and our ability to access the site.
  • Behavioral Health: Appointments are being rescheduled as needed. Clients will be contacted if their therapist cannot make it to the office.
  • Cork’s Place: Closed. No groups Thursday, Feb. 14. Tours and in-take meetings will be rescheduled.
  • Grief Care: No support groups Thursday, Feb.14. Gone Too Soon group canceled for tonight.
  • Repeat Boutique: Kennewick open limited hours and Richland closed.

We are available 24/7 for our hospice and palliative care patients and families to ensure they receive the care they need. If you have a question about a service or closure, please email info@chaplaincyhealthcare.org and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

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.

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.


Chaplaincy Hospice Leads in Cornea Donation

RICHLAND, WA – Chaplaincy Hospice Care, a local, non-profit hospice providing care both in-home and at the community Hospice House has been identified as a leading provider of cornea donation in the region by SightLife.


Over 20 years of partnership with SightLife (formally known as the Northwest Lions Eye Bank) Chaplaincy Hospice Care has helped over 430 families honor their loved one’s wish to help others through cornea donation. That has potentially helped over 860 men, women and children see again through those generous gifts.

In 2017, Chaplaincy Hospice Care’s partnership with SighLife resulted in 34 cornea donors restoring sight to 42 men, women and children. In addition, Chaplaincy Hospice Care is the leading cornea donation hospice program in Central and Eastern Washington; the fourth largest cornea donation hospice program in Washington State and the second highest cornea donation program in the Tri-Cities.

Chaplaincy Hospice Care offers families the opportunity to donate their loved one’s corneas. After a family agrees, SightLife educates and counsels grieving families and takes a hands-on approach to personally assess, preserve and transport each donor’s gift with care and precision, in a timely manner, to ensure the best outcome. A donor’s gift is never taken for granted.

Kelly Karr, RN, Director of Clinical Services states “We’ve been working with SightLife for more than 20 years. It’s a great organization and it’s very meaningful to be able to offer this way of giving back to the families we serve through hospice. I think the families really appreciate the opportunity.”


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.