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.
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
President – Chris McFaul
MBA, CEO, Horizon Hospice in Spokane
Vice President – Cynthia Tomik
LICSW, Manager, Palliative Care, EvergreenHealth Palliative Care in Kirkland
Treasurer & Past President – Gary Castillo
Executive Director, Hospice at the Chaplaincy in Kennewick
Secretary – Kathy Katzenberger
RN, MN, CHPN, Evergreen Hospice & Palliative Care in Kirkland
2020 Board Members
David Bucher, MSW
Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care in University Place
Gina Drummond, RN, MSN, CEO
Hospice of Spokane in Spokane
Sonjia Hauser, RN
Juan Iregui, MA, MD, FAAHPM
CHI Franciscan Palliative Care in University Place
Stacey Jones, LICSW, ACHP-SW
Providence Hospice of Seattle in Seattle
Gloria Lay, RN COQS, Administrator Frontier Home Health & Hospice in Omak
Patricia MacDonald, RN, BSN, PHN, MBA
Accreditation Commission for Health Care
Kimberly Morris, MD
Jodi Newcomer, RN, BSN, CHPN
Whatcom Hospice in Bellingham
Barb Hansen, MA, RN, CWON
Director, Association Management
Leslie Emerick, MPA
Director of Washington State Public Policy & Outreach