“Three R’s of Hospice and Palliative Care...  Regulations, Reality and Reputation. Are We Making the Grade?”

Each year, GHPCO strives to create an annual educational conference focused on leadership and clinical topics from a variety of local, regional and national experts.  This year’s theme, “Three R’s of Hospice and Palliative Care...Regulations, Reality and Reputation. Are We Making the Grade?” provides a broad platform from which to discuss the changes in our system of care delivery which includes palliative medicine and hospice. How do we maintain Regulatory compliance while providing end-of-life care? What is the Reality of providing care to people who are living with advanced illness? How do we enhance our Reputation with patients and their families while meeting the demands of hospice and palliative medicine?  Are we Making the Grade related to the principles of leadership, care delivery, process improvement, quality, and ethics and thereby enhancing the quality and effectiveness of care?

Join us at the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's (GHPCO) Annual Leadership and Education Conference as we explore all the ways we can build upon basic skills and concepts to foster innovation that allows us to LISTEN to our patients and our industry as we seek to provide the highest quality hospice and palliative care throughout Georgia.

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Date: Monday, January 30, 2017 – Wednesday, February 1, 2017 


  • Offering Two Pre-conference Tracks on January 30, 2017 – Palliative Care Palliative Care - Food, Futility and the Future – Kathleen Benton/Dr. Ackerman, Kathy Kinlaw, Anna Skold, MD OR Palmetto, GBA 2017 Updates and the Health Information Supply Chain – Dan George, Charles Canaan and Dr. Harry Feliciano and Kathy Merrill
  • Main Conference on January 31, 2017 – February 1, 2017 
  • Opening Plenary Speaker January 31, 2017 – Jason Lesandrini, PhD(c), Wellstar Health System
  • Closing Plenary Speaker February 1, 2017 – Sarah McKinnon, MA, Catalyst Coaching & Consulting

*This conference is approved for up to 16.8 contact hours for nurses.  GHPCO is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama Board of Nursing Provider, #ABNP1402.

*SW CEU’s have been applied for through NASW-GA, SW earn up to 14 CEU's.


UGA Hotel and Conference Center 
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602 
See map: Google Maps


  • Pre-Conference (either track): $149 members, $199 non-members
  • Main Conference: $349 members, $469 non-members
  • SPECIAL Package: Register for all 3 days (Monday  – Wednesday) BEST DEAL
    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: $399 members, $569 non-members
  • Tuesday only: $199 members, $249 non-members
  • Wednesday only: $169 members, $219 non-members

Costs include: registration, breakfast, lunch, breaks, handout materials on CD, and continuing education credits. PARKING IS NOT INCLUDED and is charged separately – please plan accordingly.  There is one Parking Pass issued per Hotel Room

ALL registrations after January 17, 2017 will incur a $25 processing fee
You may register online, by mail, by fax, or by phone as indicated

Event Cancellation Policies: 

(1) A cancellation received by 5:00 p.m. ET on or before January 23, 2017, will be refunded, minus a $35 processing fee. No refunds will be issued thereafter; substitutions will be allowed. (2) To change or cancel your registration, call 706-542-7493, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. (3) If an event is cancelled for any reason, the UGA Hotel and Conference Center will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.

Hotel Costs: 

You will be given the opportunity to make a hotel reservation as you proceed through the online registration process.  Please Refer to GHPCO’s Room Block code is 82812.  Room Block expires Jan. 5, 2017.

Contact information: 

Program Contact:
Paula Sanders, State Executive Director
(404) 323-9397
[email protected]

Registration Contact: The Georgia Center
(706) 542-2134
(800) 884-1381
[email protected]

Special Needs: If you require special services, contact Jean Mann at [email protected] by January 17, 2017.

Dietary restrictions should be indicated on the registration form or during the registration process.


2017 Conference Sponsors