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End-of-Life Coalition Annual Meeting
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2018 marks the tenth anniversary of two key movements in serious illness and end-of-life care: the start of board certification for palliative care nationally; and in Washington state, voter approval of our physician aid-in-dying law. This fall’s Washington End-of-Life Coalition Annual Meeting will focus on the status of these developments here in Washington.

The day-long meeting is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16 at the Seattle Airport Marriott and will feature a mix of speakers, panels, music and two short theater pieces. Our last panel will highlight the growing trend to reflect our values after death through green burials, in-home funerals and other unique approaches to honoring our loved ones. Please join us!

Marie Eaton

"End-of-Life Choice Comes of Age: Living and Dying by Your Values"

Keynote Speaker: Marie Eaton

Meeting highlights

  • Sixteen speakers, starting with a keynote by Marie Eaton, community champion for the innovative Palliative Care Institute in Whatcom County.
  • Perspectives of experts from around the state on how far we’ve come with these key movements and the “burning questions” of what we face now.
  • Personal story by psychotherapist Laurie Riepe on her husband’s deeply thoughtful choice to use the Death with Dignity law.
  • Two short “interludes” - theater pieces from “The Grief Dialogues.”
  • POLST update from Bruce Smith, MD and Sharmon Figenshaw, RN, ARNP, ACHPN, co-chairs of the Washington POLST Task Force.

The Washington End-of-Life Coalition (WEOLC) is a broad-based cross-section of individuals and organizations across the state interested in improving care at the end of life. Co-sponsored by the WSMA and the Washington State Hospital Association, WEOLC provides support for Washington's POLST program as well as outreach and networking opportunities through its annual meeting each fall. Learn more about the WEOLC.

Full Agenda

Friday, Nov. 16

Morning

8 a.m.
Sign-in/registration
8:30-9:15 a.m.
Introductions
9:15-10 a.m.
Keynote – “Community Engagement: The Missing Piece in the Palliative Care Puzzle”
by Marie Eaton – Community Champion, Palliative Care Institute; Chair, Northwest Life Passages Coalition; Western Washington University, Bellingham; Professor Emeritus, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Bellingham
10-10:15 a.m.
Break & vendor visit
10:15–10:30 a.m.
Interlude 1 – “Hospice: A Love Story” by Elizabeth Coplan, from “Grief Dialogues: The Play,” featuring Gretchen Douma and Rachel Delmar
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Panel: “Palliative Care Board Certification: Delivering on the Promise of Improved End-of-Life Care”
Featuring:
Barb Hansen, MA, BSN – Executive Director, Washington State Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Ginny Heinitz, BSN, RN, CHPN – Outpatient Palliative Care Coordinator, Confluence Health, Wenatchee
Kathryn Schlenker, DO – Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Palliative Care, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
Gregg Vandekieft, MC, MA –  Regional Medical Director for Palliative Care, Providence St. Joseph Health, Southwest Washington; Associate Medical Director, Providence Institute for Human Caring, Torrance, CA
Moderator:  Sharmon Figenshaw, ARNP, ACHPN – Serious Illness/Aging Consult Services; ARNP Palliative Care (Relief); Whatcom Hospice/PeaceHealth Palliative Care
11:30 a.m.
Lunch

Afternoon

12:30–1 p.m.
“Death with Dignity, A Personal Story”
by Laurie Riepe, MA, LMHC – Psychotherapist in private practice, Seattle
1–1:45 p.m.
Panel: “Ten Years of Washington’s Death with Dignity Law”
Featuring:
Gary Castillo – Executive Director, Chaplaincy Health Care, Kennewick; Board Chair, Washington State Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Therese Law, MD – President, Board of Directors, End of Life Washington; Retired from Internal Medicine Practice
Hope Wechkin, MD – Medical Director, EvergreenHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, Kirkland
Moderator:  Sally McLaughlin – Executive Director, End of Life Washington
1:45–2 p.m.
Break & vendor visit
2–2:15 p.m.
Interlude 2 – “Dead Giveaway” by Daniel Guyton from “Grief Dialogues: The Play,” featuring Rachel Delmar and Shane Regan
2:15–3 p.m.
Panel: “After-Death Choices: Reflecting Your Values Beyond Life”
Featuring:
Char Barrett – Owner, A Sacred Moment Funeral Services, Everett, WA
Brian Flowers – General Manager and Green Burial Coordinator, Moles Farewell Tributes and Greenacres Memorial Park, Ferndale, WA
Saul and Michelle Mersereau Farber – Family Advocates for Home Funerals
Moderator:  Deborah Swets – Vice Chair, Washington End of Life Coalition
3–3:25 p.m.
POLST Update
from Bruce Smith, MD and Sharmon Figenshaw, RN, ARNP, ACHPN, co-chairs of the Washington POLST Task Force.
3:25–3:30 p.m.
Closing remarks

Exhibit

If you or your organization is interested in exhibiting at the 2018 WEOLC Annual Meeting, click here for details and an application form.

The meeting is traditionally attended by of a broad-based cross-section of individuals and organizations across the state interested in bettering end-of-life care: physicians, nurses, caregivers; hospice and state agencies; legal and spiritual professionals; community leaders and volunteers. This is a crowd passionate and active in furthering the value and cause of end-of-life planning for people of all ages and circumstances. Estimated attendance is 80-150 ppl.

The deadline for exhibitor applications is Monday, Nov. 12. Exhibitor space is limited, so apply today.

Become a Meeting Sponsor

In order to keep our registration fees affordable, we are looking for partners in offering the 2018 WEOLC Annual Meeting. The following sponsorships are available. If you and/or your organization would like to help us make this meeting possible, contact Brendan Cox at 800.551.0612 or brendan@wsma.org.

Sponsorships

$250 Bronze Sponsor

Name acknowledgement in meeting program and on presentation slide, name acknowledged on the WEOLC webpage for six months, verbal acknowledgement at the meeting, and one free registration.

$500 Silver Sponsor

Name acknowledgement in meeting program and on presentation slide, logo on the WEOLC webpage for six months, as sponsor for the meeting breakfast, verbal acknowledgement at the meeting, and one free registration.

$1000 Gold Sponsor

Logo acknowledgement in meeting program and on presentation slide, logo on the WEOLC webpage for six months, opportunity to introduce keynote speaker, verbal acknowledgement at the meeting, and one free registration. 

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