Wisconsin Rural Community - Based Palliative Care Project Outcomes
Thursday, October 22, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST

Program Description:
Palliative care is supportive medical care for people with serious illnesses. Regardless of the diagnosis, palliative care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness. In 2018, under the guidance of Minnesota based Stratis Health, the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health and MetaStar, combined forces to meet the goal of expanding rural palliative care in Wisconsin.  After recruiting lead organizations and inviting community members to join the project, six coalitions were formed.  Each coalition developed their own aims and objectives specific to each county’s needs. In this session leaders from each of the Palliative Care Coalitions will share their experiences, outcomes, and challenges.

Learning Objectives:
The following topic areas will be covered:


  • Highlights of gaps in rural palliative care in northeastern WI
  • Balancing education about and access to palliative care (chicken or the egg?)
  • Need for shared definition and community education on palliative care

Oneida County Rural Palliative Care Coalition

  • Primary palliative care as a strategy to increase knowledge and accessibility of palliative care services in a rural county
  • Importance of differentiating palliative care from hospice care
  • Importance of identifying a strategy to sustain energy generated by the coalition
Rainbow Hospice
  • The importance of Advance Directives in Palliative Care patients
  • The work our coalition did to promote and complete Advance Directives
  • The importance of Advance Directives are during a pandemic such as COVID-19 

Agrace Hospice
Difference between Sauk and Lafayette County experience 

  • Community involvement 
  • Health care involvement
  • Established team engagement 
  • Pandemic issues
Intended Audience:
All hospital staff involved with and/or have interest in Palliative Care

Featured Presenters:

 Denise Gloede RN, MSN - VP Clinically Integrated Network Post-Acute, ThedaCare
 Denise has spent over 20 years working in post-acute care settings including hospice, palliative care, home care, and long-term care.  She has held both clinical and business development leadership roles.  Denise is currently the vp of post-acute care with ThedaCare and oversees their home health, home infusion, hospice, palliative care, home medical equipment, home respiratory, pastoral care, skilled nursing, assisted living, and senior living divisions.  She is passionate about engaging with staff and leaders to deliver the best care possible.

Ann Patek RN, MSN - Director Palliative Care – North Region, Ministry Health Care
Within a dyad leadership model, Ann has directed the development and implementation of palliative care services for Ministry Health Care.  Key accomplishments include implementation of inpatient consult services in 7 hospitals and creation of two outpatient models of palliative care service delivery along with development of a long-term strategic plan for the expansion of primary and specialty palliative care services.  

Karen Lacke Carrig, RN - President/CEO Rainbow Hospice Care
Karen has been President and CEO of Rainbow Hospice Care since 1997. Karen is an RN with a background in Oncology nursing and health care management.  Karen has served on the Board of the Directors of the Hospice Organization and Palliative Experts and is currently on the board of the newly formed Wisconsin Hospice and Palliative Care Association.  Karen has led the palliative care efforts by Rainbow Hospice Care since its’ inception in 2015.  Karen has also participated in Honoring Choices Wisconsin through the Wisconsin Medical Society in an effort to support their Advance Directives initiative.     

Kelly Planton RN-MSN, GNP, APNP, ACHPN - Lead Nurse Practitioner, Agrace Hospice and Palliative care. Ms. Planton is a nursing graduate of Winona State University in Minnesota in 2007 and completed her master’s in nursing at UW-Madison in 2011.  She continues to work with community palliative care and hospice patients, inpatient hospice patients and virtual consults

This webinars will be recorded and posted, within 24 hours after its completion, to the WHA On-demand Learning Center. Here is a link to the On-demand Learning Center https://www.wha.org/On-demandLearning.  This webinars will be secure. After clicking on the title, you will be brought to the Member Portal where you will need to enter your login and password.

For registration questions, contact Allison Taylor at ataylor@wha.org.

There is no cost for this webinar.