11th Annual Summit

April 8-9, 2019
San Francisco, CA

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and leaders in the palliative care community came together in San Francisco for two days of interactive sessions and stimulating engagement with innovators and thought leaders who are taking palliative care to the next level. Many thanks to all who attended, sponsored, exhibited and participated in this unique event!

Mark your calendar now for our 2020 Summit on May 5-6 in Sacramento.

Keynote & General Sessions

TitleSpeaker(s)Session Description
The Art of Dying Well: 
Empowering Patients to Shape Their Destiny
Katy ButlerPresentation PDF| Presentation Video
History of the Palliative Care Movement and 
Our Next Steps
Judy Thomas, JDPresentation PDF | Presentation Video
A Personal Reflection on the 
Benefits of Palliative Care
Julie Grimes, Melissa Meibert and Jeff Yee, MDPresentation PDF | Presentation Video
Panels: Cracking the Nut on 
POLST Registries
Rim Cothren (Moderator)Presentation PDF | Presentation Video
Self Compassion: Taking Care of YouRobert Horowitz, MDPresentation PDFPresentation Video
Panel: Delivering Community-Based Palliative Care
– Where are We Now?
Kate Meyers (Moderator) Presentation PDF |Presentation Video
Panel: Opioids – Separating the Facts from the FearMichael Fratkin, MD (Moderator) Presentation PDF 1 and PDF 2 | Presentation Video
Don’t Wait: A Pathway to Fulfillment and an Antidote to RegretFrank OstaseskiPresentation Video

Breakout Sessions

A Collaborative Model Between 
Hospice and Aid-in-Dying Programs
Stephanie Marquet, MD
and Ann Gordon
Presentation PDF
(Not Available)
Advance Care Planning 101Lael Duncan, MDPresentation PDF
Building Bridges: Providing Optimal 
Pediatric PC Between Hospital & Home
Hania Thomas-Adams, MA, CCLS;
Anita Sharma, NR, CPNP, MSN;
Tab Cooney, MD; and
Christy Torkildson, RN, PHN, PhD, FPCN
Presentation PDF
Changing the Culture of 
Pediatric Palliative Care 
at the Bedside
Susan W. Shields, MSN, ACHPMPresentation PDF
Incorporating Doulas in Caring
for the Dying
Kris Kington-Barker and Henry Fersko-WeissPresentation PDF-1 and PDF-2
Start with a Poem: Using Poetry to
Facilitate Connection,

Self-Expression, and
J. Redwing Keyssar, RN, BA; Michael W. Rabow, MD, FAAHPM; and Michael Fratkin, MDPresentation PDF
(Not Available)
Caring for Personality Disorders
in a Clinical Setting
Tom Grothe, NPPresentation PDF
Ethical Dilemmas in Pediatric 
Palliative Care 
at End of Life in an Adolescent Patient
Joan M. Fisher, MD, PhD; Salina Patel, RN, BSN; Kathy Hull, Psy.D, MFCC; and Patti Maloney, MSWPresentationPDF
(Not Available)
Overcoming Challenges to 
SB 1004 in California
Anne Kinderman, MD and Kathleen KerrPresentation PDF
SUFFERING Not Indignity, Can Answer 
the Living Will ‘When’ Question
Stanley A. Terman, PhD, MD; Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, HMDC; Nate Hinerman, MFT, PhD; and Catherine Madison, MDPresentation PDF-1 and

San Quentin Project: Prisoners as 
Compassionate End-of-Life Volunteers
Susan A. Barber; Marvin Mutch; and Ladybird Morgan, RN, MSWPresentation PDF
Pediatric Pearls: Working 
in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative 
Care with Confidence
Heather A.F. Jolly, LCSW, MPH; Cheryl Welch, and Richard Sheehy, RN, MSNPresentation PDF

2019 Summit Program (PDF)

Thanks to Our 2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Continuing Education Information (CEUs and CMEs)

NursesThis course meets the qualifications for approximately 10 contact hours. This provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP15403.
Social WorkersThis course meets the qualifications for an estimated 10 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CCCC is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs and LMFTs, Provider #91987
Nursing Home AdministratorsApproved by the California Nursing Home Administration program (NHAP# CEP
1735) for 10 hours of continuing education credits. CCCC is approved NHAP provider.
ChaplainsThis program may be used for continuing education credit for chaplains certified with the Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc.
Physicians & Physician AssistantsThis live activity, 11th Annual CCCC Summit – Building Partnerships in Palliative Care, with a beginning date of 04/08/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 10 Prescribed credit (s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. CME credits are sponsored by Partnership HealthPlan of California.

Compassionate Care
Leadership Award winners

The Individual Award honors a California leader in palliative and end-of-life care whose work has improved the care for seriously-ill patients and their families. This year’s individual honoree is Torrie Fields of Blue Shield of California.

Organization Award:
The Organization Award honors a California organization which strives to improve the care provided to patients with serious illnesses or life-threatening conditions, whether in a hospital, hospice, nursing home, or at home. Honorees are organizations whose contributions and passion for change are transforming people’s lives. This year’s organization honoree is the Partnership HealthPlan of California.

The Lori Butterworth & Devon Dabbs Award for Pediatric Palliative Care Leadership|
Named in honor of pediatric palliative care leaders Lori Butterworth and Devon Dabbs, this new award recognizes an individual who demonstrates a similarly high-level commitment to pediatric palliative care leadership and advocacy.

The first recipient of the Lori Butterworth & Devon Dabbs Award for Pediatric Palliative Care Leadership is David Sine, MD; Kaweah Delta Hospice, Visalia; Hinds Pediatric Hospice, Fresno;
and Valley Children’s Hospice, Madera.

Event photos

Event photos will be posted on our Facebook page.