Palliative Care

Upcoming Meetings

Unless otherwise stated, all meetings will take place at:
The Foundation for Health Care Quality
705 Second Avenue, Suite 410
Seattle, WA 98104

Remote log-in:
Toll-free: 1 (877) 568-4106
Access Code/Meeting ID: 947-158-533

Date Time Materials
Friday, March 8 10:00 – 11:30pm TBD
Friday, April 12 10:00 – 11:30pm TBD
Friday, May 10 10:00 – 11:30pm TBD
Friday, June 14 10:00 – 11:30pm TBD
Friday, July 12 10:00 – 11:30pm TBD
Friday, August 9 10:00 – 11:30pm TBD
Friday, September 13 10:00 – 11:30pm TBD
Friday, October 11 10:00 – 11:30pm TBD
Friday, November 8 10:00 – 11:30pm TBD

Patients with symptomatic serious illness often have unmet needs. This workgroup will define minimum standards for team-based palliative care and pathways for integrating palliative care into active treatment. The workgroup started meeting in January 2019.

Previous Meeting Materials

Date Materials
January 4  Agenda January 4
Health Affairs Guideline Summary
Bree Palliative Care Slides
Conflict of Interest Form
OPMA Training Roster
February 8 Agenda February 8
Minutes January 4
Palliative Care Charter and Roster
NCP & NCHPC Guidelines

Workgroup Members

Member Title Organization
 John Robinson, MD, SM (Chair)  Chief Medical Officer  First Choice Health
Lydia Bartholomew, MD Senior Medical Director, Pacific Northwest Aetna
George Birchfield, MD Inpatient Hospice EvergreenHealth
Raleigh Bowden, MD Director Okanogan Palliative Care Team
Mary Catlin, MPH Senior Director Honoring Choices, Washington State Hospital Association
Randy Curtis, MD, MPH Director, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence University of Washington Medicine
Leslie Emerick Director of Public Policy Washington State Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Kerry Schaefer, MS Strategic Planner for Employee Health King County
Bruce Smith, MD Medical Director of Providence Hospice of Seattle Providence Health and Services
Richard Stuart, DSW Psychologist Swedish Medical Center – Edmonds Campus
Stephen Thielke, MD Geriatric Psychiatry University of Washington
Cynthia Tomik, LICSW Manager, Palliative Care EvergreenHealth
Gregg Vandekieft, MD, MA Medical Director for Palliative Care Providence St. Peter Hospital
Hope Wechkin, MD Medical Director, Hospice and Palliative Care EvergreenHealth