2018 Annual Conference

Join us for the 2018 MNHPC Annual Conference

April 8-10, 2018

The MNHPC Annual Conference is the largest gathering of hospice and palliative care professionals in the region. We anticipate over 1000 attendees at this year’s event, which will feature speakers in 45+ educational sessions, as well as nationally recognized leaders in hospice and palliative care providing the keynote addresses.

The conference provides an opportunity for continuing education as well as a chance to connect and engage with colleagues from around the region who are engaged in the hospice and palliative care community.

2018 Keynote Speakers

MNHPC is proud to announce the keynote speakers for the 2018 Annual Conference

Ira Byock, MD

Dr. Ira Byock, fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative medicine, is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.

He is Founder and Chief Medical Officer for the Institute for Human Caring of Providence St. Joseph Health and Active Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Community & Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He served as Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire from 2003 through July 2013.

Dr. Byock is the author of Dying Well (1997), The Four Things that matter Most (2004), and The Best Care Possible (2012) as well as numerous articles.





Tammie E. Quest, MD

Dr. Tammie E. Quest is a nationally recognized expert in palliative care in the emergency setting. She is the Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center for Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Emory University School of Medicine and board certified in Emergency Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

She is a Project on Death in America Faculty Scholar and currently serves as the Chief of the Section of Palliative Medicine at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and is the former director of the Grady Cancer Center for Excellence Palliative Care Oncology Program. She is currently the Fellowship Program Director for the Emory University School of Medicine program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.






Scott Schwantes, MD

Scott Schwantes, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in pediatric palliative care. He is the Associate Medical Director of Pediatrics at Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN, where is also leads the pediatric palliative care consultative team.

Dr. Schwantes is the first Medical Director of Crescent Cove, the first pediatric respite and hospice home of its kind in the region, and he serves on the board of Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care.

Dr. Schwantes is double board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.



2018 Pre-Conference Speaker

Syl Jones, Playwright

Syl Jones is an award winning communications executive and playwright who has spent much of hsi career at the intersection of healthcare and communications. He was a 2014 recipient of a Bush Foundation Fellowship to study narrative medicine and its potential impact on health and healing in both patients and clinicians.

Syl works with providers and patients to bring the humanities back into medicine and continue Hennepin County Medical Center’s legacy of excellent, patient-centered care.



2018 Closing Plenary Performer

Stevie’s Ray’s Improv Company will be performing “The Life and Death Comedy Show” at the Closing Plenary for the 2018 MNHPC Annual Conference.

Stevie Ray’s Improv Company has been a Twin Cities Comedy staple since 1989. They perform a variety of improv and comedy shows on their stage as well as touring shows, customized shows for businesses and nonprofits, and keynote addresses.