Foundation Program Sites

Palliative Care

Congratulations to our 2024 Bree Collaborative award winner for Best Practices in Palliative Care:

  • UW Medicine & UW Physicians
  • Kaiser Permenante

(Adopted November 2019)

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 met from January to November 2019.

Supporting Materials

Letter from the HCA Accepting the Palliative Care Recommendations
Palliative Care Charter and Roster

Previous Meeting Materials

Date Materials
November 8 Agenda November 8
Minutes September 6
Minutes November 8
Palliative Care Draft Recommendations
September 6 Agenda September 6
Minutes August 8
Palliative Care Draft Recommendations
August 16 Agenda August 16
Minutes July 12
Draft Recommendations
July 12 Agenda July 12
Minutes June 14
Draft Palliative Care Recommendations
June 14 Agenda June 14
Minutes May 10
Draft Recommendations Palliative Care
May 10 Agenda May 10
Minutes April 12
Palliative Care Draft Recommendations
Appendix: Guideline and Systematic Review Search Results
April 12 Agenda April 12
Draft Minutes March 8
Appendix C Palliative Care
Defining Serious Illness/Palliative Care Triggers
Justis Slides
March 8 Agenda March 8
Minutes February 8
Joint Commission Palliative Care Metrics
CAPC-CPARC National Palliative Care Registry WA State Snapshot
NCP Guidelines 8 Domains
February 8 Agenda February 8
Minutes January 4
NCHPC-NCP Gudielines
Draft Charter Roster
January 4  Agenda January 4
Health Affairs Guideline Summary
Bree Palliative Care Slides
Conflict of Interest Form
OPMA Training Roster

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
Ross M Hays, MD Director, Palliative Care Program Seattle Children’s
Greg Malone, MA, Mdiv, BCC Mgr Palliative Care Services, & Spiritual Care Provider Swedish Medical Center
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

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