2017 Care Transitions Conference

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Care Transitions Conference smart phone app [image and link]This page is under construction. The phone app at right currently offers 2016 conference information. It will be updated soon.

Bookmark this page to return for more information. You may also sign up for the Seattle-King County Care Transitions Listserv (click here).


Hospitalizations contribute significantly to the cost of health care—costs borne by insurance companies, taxpayers (Medicaid and Medicare), patients, and families—and take an emotional toll on patients and their families. The care transitions conversation among health care and human services professionals and others in south King County began in 2011. In 2012, we held our first annual care transitions conference to discuss new ways to work together to decrease avoidable hospital admissions.

Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors

We rely on sponsorships to keep this conference affordable to health and human services professionals at all levels. The deadline for sponsor and exhibitor opportunities was March 31. For more information, contact conference co-coordinator Irene Stewart (irene.stewart@seattle.gov).

Thank you to our 2016 conference sponsors and exhibitors, listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Aging and Disability Services
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  • Assured Independence
  • Byram Healthcare
  • Care Patrol
  • Careage Home Health
  • Cascade Behavioral Hospital
  • CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Chinese Information and Service Center
  • Community Living Connections
  • DSHS Developmental Disabilities Administration
  • Family Resource Home Care
  • Fedelta Home Care
  • Generations with Pride
  • Genesis Home Health Care
  • Home Care Referral Registry
  • Hospitality Home Care
  • Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group
  • King County Department of Community and Human Services
  • King County Mobility Coalition
  • KWA Home Care
  • Navos Mental Health Solutions
  • Northwest ADA Center
  • Philips | Lifeline
  • Philips Enterprise Telehealth
  • Providence Health & Services
  • Qualis Health
  • ResCare Home Care
  • Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services)
  • UW Medicine | Valley Medical Center Clinic Network
  • Visiting Angels of Renton and Seattle
  • Visiting Physicians Association
  • Washington Dental Service Foundation
  • Washington Relay
  • Wesley Homes

Planning Team & Contact Information

Special thanks to 2016 Care Transitions Conference Planning Team, many of whom have worked on the conference for several years. If you have questions, please e-mail Aging and Disability Services planner Irene Stewart (irene.stewart@seattle.gov).

  • Alan Abe, King County EMS
  • Allison Boll, Aging and Disability Services
  • Janet Ceballos, Providence Health Systems
  • Jeri Craine, Valley Medical Center
  • Jay Crosby, Professional Registry of Nursing, Inc.
  • Evelyn Dreyer, DSHS/Developmental Disabilities Administration
  • Sally Friedman, Sound Generations
  • Steve Garrett, Care Patrol
  • Carol Higgins, Qualis Health
  • Francois Larrivee, Hopelink
  • Diane Lepsig, Care Patrol
  • Stacy Mesaros, Judson Park
  • Mary Pat O’Leary, Aging and Disability Services
  • Deborah Parks, Sound Mental Health
  • Dillon Pyle, Wesley Homes
  • Kathryn Ramos, Group Health
  • Irene Stewart, Aging and Disability Services (coordinator)
  • Bonni Stratton, CHI Franciscan Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Jon Morrison Winters, Aging and Disability Services
  • Winnie Wong, Seattle Jobs Initiative


To subscribe to the Seattle-King County Care Transitions Listserv, click here.

Past Conferences

Aging and Disability Services has coordinated annual conferences related to health care quality since 2011. Summary information is available below.

2016 Care Transitions: Charting a Course to Health

The 2016 Care Transitions Conference—Charting a Course to Health—took place on Tuesday, May 17, at IAM751 (9125 15th Place South, in south Seattle). The conference drew nearly 250 participants from more than 75 organizations. Registration was open to anyone engaged in improving health care quality and transitions of care, including hospital and home health care administrators, discharge planners, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, policymakers, social service providers, consumers, community leaders, and others whose role involves empowering patients and families to manage their health care. 2016 Participating Organizations

Our keynote speakers were:

  • Jane Brock, MD, MSPH, medical director at Telligen, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Colorado (“Charting a Course to Health“)
  • Paul Ciechanowski, MD, MPH, chief medical officer and founder of Samepage Health, a Seattle-based healthcare technology and services company (“The Promise of Collaborative Care for Addressing the CMS Triple Aim in Community Settings”)

Other presenters were:

We also welcomed the following poster presentations at this year’s conference:

  • Latisha Newkirk, Clinical Division Manager, King County Facilities, CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care (“Caring for Dying Patients in Skilled Nursing Facilities: A Hospice Train-the-Trainer Project”)
  • Aimee Verrall, Program Manager, Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (“Improving the Care of Older Adults: Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center”)
  • Marlana Kohn, UW Health Promotion Research Center (“Innovative Partnerships for Senior Health Promotion: Community-clinical Linkages between EnhanceFitness and Physical Therapy Practices”)
  • Lesley Steinman, UW Health Promotion Research Center (“A Peer-engagement Intervention to Connect the Older Veterans Community to an Evidence-based Depression Care Management Program” and “Translating Research into Practice: Lessons Learned from Providing Technical Assistance for PEARLS”)
  • Mary Pat O’Leary, RN, BSN, Aging and Disability Services (“Self-Management Plans for Common Chronic Conditions”)

Conference photos are available online (click here).

2015 Care Transitions: The Waves of Change in Health Care

  • Report: The Waves of Change in Health Care conference took place on June 4, 2015 at Renton Community Center. Click on the image at right for the conference summary, which includes links to presentations, videos, and reading materials.

2014 Care Transitions: What Does It Really Look Like?

  • Report: Care Transitions: What Does It Really Look Like? (6/5/14 conference summary, includes links to presentations, workshop summaries, and participant feedback). Special thanks to Wesley Homes for hosting the 2014 conference at The Terrace.

2013 Care Transitions: Whose Job Is It Anyway?

  • Report: Care Transitions: Whose Job Is It Anyway? (5/30/13 conference summary, includes links to presentations, discussion group summaries, and participant feedback). Special thanks to UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center for hosting the 2013 conference in their Medical Arts Center auditorium and meeting rooms.

2012 Care Transitions Community Meeting

2011 Focus on the Future Forum