About Us

The Washington State Hospice & Palliative Organization (WSHPCO) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to taking a leadership role in improving end-of-life care through education and advocacy efforts.

We are dedicated to promoting and maintaining quality, compassionate care for those facing life-threatening illnesses.

The WSHPCO works to broaden the conversations surrounding quality end-of-life care in general wherever that care is being provided — at home, in nursing homes or inpatient facilities, and we take an important leadership role, working with legislators and governmental agencies to promote hospice as the model of care at the end-of-life in any setting and to improve access to hospice services.

The WSHPCO was incorporated in 1983 and is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.

Objectives

The Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Organization strives to promote competency in hospice and palliative care professionals and to advocate for accessible, appropriate end-of-life care.

We do this by:

  • Collectively working towards promoting common goals and concerns of hospice and palliative care providers in the State of Washington.
  • Educating and informing membership and facilitating the sharing of information among programs.
  • Promoting statewide acceptance of hospice and palliative care standards.
  • Striving to represent hospice and palliative care programs in the State of Washington in appropriate regional and national organizations.
  • Working to influence state and national policies concerning hospice and palliative care issues.
  • Establishing reasonable rules and regulations for the Organization.
  • Promoting non-discriminatory access to hospice and palliative care for all residents of the State of Washington.
  • Supporting research on hospice and palliative care programs and issues.

Board of Directors

2022 Officers

President – Kathy Katzenberger, RN, MN, CHPN
Evergreen Hospice & Palliative Care in Kirkland

Vice President – Stacey Jones, LICSW, ACHP-SW
Providence Hospice of Seattle in Seattle

Treasurer – Gina Drummond, RN, MSN, CEO
Hospice of Spokane in Spokane

Secretary – David Brunelle, MD, FAAP
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Hospice and Palliative Care in University Place

Past President – Chris McFaul, MBA, CEO
Horizon Hospice in Spokane

2022 Board Members

Anne Anderson, RN, CHPPN
Nurse Coordinator, Palliative Care Program, Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle

Becca Davenport, RN, COS-C
Director, Confluence – Central Washington Home Care Services in Wenatchee

Marie Eaton, PhD
Community Champion, Palliative Care Institute, Western Washington University in Bellingham

Sharmon Figenshaw, ARNP, ACHPN
Co-Chair, Washington POLST Task Force; Consultant, Honoring Choice Pacific Northwest/POLST and Serious Illness Program in Winthrop

Cheryl Medawattage, RN, BSN, BC: Gerontology, CHPN, ACHE, CPMN
Executive Director – Hospice, EvergreenHealth in Kirkland

Jodi Newcomer, RN, BSN, CHPN
Whatcom Hospice in Bellingham

Tammy Tarsa, MBA, BSM, RN
Executive Director Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care, Jefferson Healthcare Home Health & Hospice in Port Townsend

Our Team

Barb Hansen, MA, RN

Executive Director

Meg McCauley

 Director, Association Management

Leslie Emerick, MPA

Director of Washington State Public Policy & Outreach

Larlyn Fitzpatrick

Financial Analyst