Care Transitions Conference

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

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2017 conference success!

Health and human services providers from throughout the Puget Sound region gathered to discuss patient- and family-centered transitions of care across the continuum at “Care Transitions: We’re All In It Together” May 10, 2017 at the Four Points by Sheraton Seattle Airport South in Des Moines, Washington.

The conference agenda, session descriptions, and presenter bios continue to be available on the conference app, sized to fit your smartphone but also accessible on any device with Internet. Anyone can access that information. Only registered participants have access to additional handouts and networking connections.

The conference agenda was printed in the color program.

Click on the headings below for additional information about the 2017 conference.


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.


Registration for “Care Transitions: We’re All In It Together” is now closed.

Conference registration fees include 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 paid 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.

Conference App

2017 Care Transitions Conference smart phone app graphic

Prior to the conference, registered participants received log-on information for our conference smartphone app—with access to session descriptions, speakers bios, sponsors, exhibitors, and contact information to other registered participants. Click on the app photo at right to view the conference agenda, session descriptions, presenter bios, and sponsors. Other information is only available to registered participants.

A full-color print conference program was provided at the conference.

Program & Presenters

Keynote Speaker: Tim McNeill, RN, MPH

The conference keynote speaker will be Tim McNeill, RN, MPH, whom many know from his TIM TALKS Business Acumen monthly webinar series. Mr. McNeill specializes in health program development and sustainability. [Read More]

Conference Program

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Click on the image above to view the entire print program.

Following are additional highlights of the conference program. The agenda, session descriptions, and presenter bios are available on our conference app. The agenda was printed in the conference program.

  • A Day in the Life of a Primary Care Team [Read More]
  • Solving Big Problems with Distributed Teams [Read More]
  • The Purposeful Engagement of Home Care Partners [Read More]
  • The Medicaid Health Home Program [Read More]
  • Age-Related Hearing Loss : Innovated Changes in Practice and Policy [Read More]
  • Health Care & Housing: Partners in Healthy Aging [Read More]
  • Transitions of Care in Patients with Kidney Disease: Can We Do Better? [Read More]
  • Recognizing and Responding to Moral Distress [Read More]
  • An Intimate Look at Aging [Read More]
  • Practice Transformation to 2021 and Beyond [Read More]
  • Teaching Effectively: Considerations When Teaching Older Adults [Read More]
  • View Through a Two-Way Mirror: Recognizing the Person in the Provider in Person-Centered Team-Based Care [Read More]
  • It Takes a Village: Improving Care Transitions for Patients with Dementia [Read More]
  • Making Medical Recommendations for the Best Care Possible: Why Hospice and Palliative Care Advocacy is Everyone’s Job [Read More]

Some of the highlighted presentations above are offered simultaneously. For information about the conference agenda, contact conference co-coordinator Allison Boll (

Sponsors & Advertising

Updated 5/16/2017.

We are grateful for generous sponsors whose support has kept this conference affordable to health and human services professionals at all levels. Our 2017 conference sponsors are listed below by sponsor category, and listed alphabetically at the end of this section.

We invite you to see sponsor ads in our 2017 conference program.






 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 ( and/or Irene Stewart (

  • 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.

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 ( at your earliest opportunity.

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

Click on the headings above for more information. For free, confidential access to aging network services in Seattle-King County, contact Community Living Connections.