Focus and Strategy

The Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence integrates, coordinates, and augments the clinical palliative clinical care provided throughout UW Medicine and in the region through key activities such as development and implementation of standards, program evaluation, and program development support.


Clinical Operations

Goals and Objectives for Clinical Operations of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence


• Building and integrating clinical programs

  - Identify appropriate structure and staffing matrix

  - Identify a target number of consults per FTE

  - Build a template for business plans at each site (inpatient and outpatient)

  - Provide support for each site to complete their business plan

  - Facilitate integration of business plans

  - Facilitate integration of clinical services at all sites


• Clinical Standards

  - Develop a list of clinical standards for all palliative care programs in UW Medicine

  - Support clinical standardization at all sites

  - Work with informatics and analysis core to help identify and collect common metrics at all sites – process & outcome measures


• Supporting research and evaluation

  - Identify opportunities for research and evaluation and share with the Research Operations


• Education and training of palliative care clinicians in UW Medicine

  - Work with Education Operations to develop a training program for new hires

  - Develop a clinical rotation system across all UW Medicine palliative care programs for new hires


• Address clinician burnout

  - Develop templates for palliative care team care

  - Develop templates for staff support programs













Outpatient Working Group Co - Chair


Darrell Owens, DNP, MSN

Director/Attending Nurse Practitioner, Outpatient Palliative and Supportive Medicine Service  Northwest Hospital and Medical Center


Northwest Hospital and Medical Center

Phone: :206-368-6749




Outpatient Working Group Co - Chair


Elizabeth Trice Loggers, MD, PhD

Board Certified - Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Medical Director, Supportive and Palliative Care Service


Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

825 Eastlake Ave. E, Ste. 3634 Seattle, WA 98109-1023

Group Health Research Institute

1730 Minor Avenue, Ste. 1600 Seattle, WA 98101




























Inpatient Working Group Chair


Wayne McCormick. M.D., M.P.H.

Director, Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

Professor of Medicine

William E. Colson Endowed Chair in Gerontology

Head of the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

UW Medicine


Harborview Medical Center

Box 359755





Elizabeth Trice Loggers is the Medical Director for Palliative Care at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance were she also specializes in the treatment of individuals with sarcoma (i.e., cancers of the bone, muscles, nerves, or vessels).


Dr. Loggers completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in 2009 and an Internal Medicine Residency at Massachussetts General Hospital in 2006. During her fellowship her research focused primarily on communication and end-of-life care for advanced cancer patients, with an emphasis on racial and ethnic differences, at the Center for Psycho-oncology and Palliative Care Research at DFCI.


She currently holds a joint appointment with the Clinical Research Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Group Health Research Institute where her research continues to focus on palliative and end of life issues.


Dr. Loggers serves on a number of local and national committees including as a panel member for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's fatigue guideline.

Dr. Darrell Owens is advanced registered nurse practitioner with board certifications in Adult Health, Geriatrics/Gerontology, and Hospice/Palliative Care. He holds BSN from Emory University in Atlanta, an MS in Health Services Administration from St. Mary's College, and an MSN (Palliative Care CNS) and postmaster's NP (Adult Health and Geriatrics) from Seattle Pacific University. He earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice in Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


He is currently an attending nurse practitioner and the Director of Outpatient Palliative Care for University of Washington Medicine in Seattle and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine for the University of Washington. Dr. Owens practices full time primary palliative care and geriatrics, serving as a primary care provider, but only for elders and those with a life-limiting illness.


In 2011 Dr. Owens was selected as  Nurse Practitioner of the Year for the State of Washington, and in 2012 received the Cambia Health Foundation’s Sojourn Award for Excellence in Clinical Leadership in Palliative Care, which included a $50K award.

Wayne C. McCormick, MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, Department of Medicine, and Head of UW Medicine Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. He is a graduate of Washington University Medical School in St. Louis and of the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle. He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and is board certified in medicine, preventive medicine and public health, palliative medicine, and geriatrics.

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