2017 Care Transitions Conference

Background | Call for Presenters | Registration | Conference App | Sponsors & Advertising | Planning Team & Contact Info | Directions | Listserv | Past Conferences

The care transitions logo features health care and home images that resemble international symbols, including hospital, emergency, health care provider, medications, disability, bed, and more.

Conference registration is now open!

Join health and human services providers from throughout the Puget Sound region to discuss patient- and family-centered transitions of care across the continuum at “Care Transitions: We’re All In It Together.”

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Date:     Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Time:   8 a.m.–4 p.m. (start time may change—please check back)

Place:   Four Points by Sheraton Seattle Airport South (see Directions, below)

Conference program planning is underway. Mark your calendar and bookmark this page to return for more information.

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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.

2017 marks the sixth year that hospital and home health care administrators, discharge planners, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, policymakers, social service providers, community leaders, and consumers will gather to discuss new ways to work together to decrease avoidable hospital admissions and health care utilization.

The focus of this year’s conference will be on developing a shared vision for patient- and family-centered transitions of care across the continuum. We encourage participation from stakeholders throughout King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap counties, while welcoming anyone engaged in improving health care quality and transitions of care.

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Registration for “Care Transitions: We’re All In It Together” is now open. Visit Brown Paper Tickets to register and pay online.

Earlybird registration rates are in effect until 12 noon on April 10, 2017. The earlybird rate is $50 per person for employees of nonprofit organizations and government agencies, as well as for volunteers. The earlybird rate for employees of for-profit organizations is $75 per person.

Your registration fee includes breakfast and lunch buffets that will include options for individuals who require vegetarian and/or gluten-free meals. Thanks to generous sponsor support, employees of nonprofit organizations and unpaid caregivers pay a reduced price.

Please note: No Purchase Orders. No refunds granted after April 24, 2017.

Sponsor/exhibitor note: If your organization is a sponsor or exhibitor, do not register online. Instead, complete a Commitment Form (see Sponsor information, below) and e-mail name, job title, and e-mail address for each representative.

To register by mail and pay by check, download the Registration Form.

Conference App

2017 Care Transitions Conference smart phone app graphicRegistered participants will receive a URL for our conference phone app—with access to session descriptions, speakers bios, sponsors, exhibitors, and contact information to other registered participants.

We will also produce a full-color conference program.

Stay tuned!

Call for Presenters
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Click on the image above to download the 2017 Call for Presenters. Note that we are no longer accepting proposals for the 2017 conference.

The Call for Presenters is now closed. We have received proposals that emphasize collaboration in the following areas. The 2017 conference agenda and presenters will be announced in March.

  • Fundamentals of Care Transitions—Participants will get up-to-speed on trends in transitions of care and what it means to be patient- and family-centered (e.g., understanding and managing relationships, effective team-based communication, social determinants of health, cultural competency, health literacy).
  • Enhance Your Skills—Through engagement with regional leaders and their peers, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the most challenging aspects of today’s care transitions and enhance their ability to provide patient-centered, whole person care (e.g., care transitions for people experiencing homelessness, care transitions and behavioral health, crisis intervention, cross-setting coordination of palliative care).
  • Transformation and Policy—Participants will learn about policy developments that are transforming transitions of care, reducing system fragmentation and duplication (e.g., behavioral health integration, 1115 waiver, value-based care).
  • Innovation and Development—Participants will learn how innovations in service delivery and technology can improve patient, family and staff engagement. Participants will receive guidance on how to put ideas to action in their own organizations (e.g., managing moral distress and burnout, EHR/information management, emerging best practices or pilot programs).

For conference proposal guidelines, click here. For more information, contact conference co-coordinator Allison Boll (allison.boll@seattle.gov).

Sponsors & Advertising
click here to open the 2017 sponsor, exhibitor & advertising opportunities PDF

Click on the image above to open Sponsor & Advertising Opportunities, including a comparison chart on page 4.

Updated 3/13/2017.

We rely on sponsorships to keep this conference affordable to health and human services professionals at all levels. Currently, only Gold sponsor levels are available. The document at right outlines available sponsor packages. Program advertising is also available. Note: The Platinum, Silver, Bronze, and Exhibitor categories are now CLOSED.

Based upon previous participation, we anticipate that 300 individuals will attend the 2017 conference, representing more than 75 organizations.

The deadline for 2017 sponsor commitments is March 31, 2017. Prospective sponsors should contact conference co-coordinator Irene Stewart (irene.stewart@seattle.gov) to confirm availability and then complete the Sponsor Commitment form (download here—save a copy to your hard drive).

Thank you to our 2017 conference sponsors for their generous support! This list is updated periodically.






 Alphabetical listing of 2017 sponsors:

Planning Team & Contact Information

Special thanks to 2017 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 Allison Boll (allison.boll@seattle.gov) and/or Irene Stewart (irene.stewart@seattle.gov).

  • Alan Abe, King County EMS
  • Allison Boll, Aging and Disability Services (co-coordinator)
  • Susan Christ, UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center
  • Diane Cimino-Kelly, MultiCare/Auburn Medical Center
  • Jeri Craine, UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center
  • Jay Crosby, Professional Registry of Nursing, Inc.
  • Evelyn Dreyer, DSHS/Developmental Disabilities Administration
  • John Ficker, Adult Family Home Council
  • Aime Fink, Snohomish County Area Agency on Aging
  • Steve Garrett, Care Patrol
  • Carol Higgins, Qualis Health
  • Ryan Hosken, Washington State Hospital Association
  • Francois Larrivee, Hopelink
  • Diane Lepsig, Care Patrol
  • LeighBeth Merrick, LeadingAge Washington
  • Stacy Mesaros, Judson Park
  • Karen Nodolf, UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center
  • Mary Pat O’Leary, Aging and Disability Services
  • Deborah Parks, Sound Mental Health
  • Dillon Pyle, Wesley Homes
  • Kathryn Ramos, Group Health
  • Bob Riler, Pierce County Community Connections
  • Robin Schwartz, Center For Healthy Living
  • Irene Stewart, Aging and Disability Services (co-coordinator)
  • Bonni Stratton, CHI Franciscan Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Jon Morrison Winters, Aging and Disability Services
  • Winnie Wong, SEIU 775

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton Seattle Airport South (website)

Address: 22406 Pacific Highway South, Des Moines, WA ( approximately three miles south of SeaTac International Airport)

Hotel reservations: Call 866-716-8133 for room reservations. Ask for Care Transitions Conference rate: $129/night.

Airport shuttle: The hotel offers a free 24-hour airport shuttle (call 253-642-0100 for shuttle reservations).

Driving directions: Google Maps

Parking: Conference parking is available on ground level (off Pacific Hwy S) and an upper level (off S 224th St).

Accessibility: Four Points by Sheraton facilities are ADA accessible. Accessible parking is available on both levels. If you require an accommodation in order to participate, e-mail conference co-coordinator Irene Stewart (irene.stewart@seattle.gov) at your earliest opportunity.


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. Program 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

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