Laurel Jackson

Laurel Jackson

MDiv

As Senior Director for Compass Care at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington, Laurel leads teams for Advance Care Planning, Hospice, Palliative Care, Home Health, Spiritual Care, Clinical Ethics, and Critical Incident Stress Management. A clinical ethicist and theologian, Laurel was trained at Whitworth University, Universite de Montreal, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Columbia University . Her work on The Surprise Question (Would you be surprised if your patient died in the next six months) led Virginia Mason Memorial to standardize The Surprise Question for all hospital inpatient admissions and retrieve substantial data regarding how physicians work with patients nearing end of life. She began an innovative chaplaincy program where chaplains are trained in palliative care and difficult conversations, so all inpatients receiving palliative and hospice consults are consulted by one of twelve staff chaplains. She also recently published “Little White Lies and the Seven Deadly Sins,” a faith-fun look at daily life.

4G – Standardizing The Surprise Question in Your Healthcare System and Changing the Game for Advancing Illness and End-of-Life Care

Speaker(s): Laurel Jackson, MDiv “Would I be surprised if this patient died in the next 12 months?” Imagine that your town physicians asked themselves that question before every patient visit. It would lead the physician to broaden patient focus, excel in advance care planning, and other elements. We’re doing it. You can, too. Upon completion […]

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6E – Saying The Right Thing: Tools for Hospice and Palliative Care Experts in Coping with Self-Loss and Working with Teams and Patients in Their Loss

Speaker(s): Laurel Jackson, MDiv We learn to work with patients and families preparing for loss, but when loss falls on us, we don’t always cope well. Learn what to say and not say, and gain tools to lean in on truly helping colleagues, patients, and yourself in times of loss. Upon completion of the activity, […]

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