The Compassionate Care Alliance of the Greater Sacramento Region is a coalition of 25 faith-based, senior, community and healthcare organizations and individuals working to stimulate public dialogue that can improve care at the end of life.


Current projects:

Partners in Caring October 7, 2004
The Alliance is sponsoring its third annual one-day seminar for area faith leaders that focuses on medical, legal, and interpersonal aspects of end-of-life care. Modeled after a national training for physicians, the seminar is taught by area physicians and other professionals. Last year's workshop reached 40 faith leaders from a variety of denominations, who are using what they learned to better support seriously ill and dying members of their congregations.

Seminar content includes presentations and discussion on the elements of palliative care, pain and suffering, presence and communication, legal and ethical issues, and the last hours of life. Cost for the day, including breakfast, lunch and all materials is $50. Download the PIC Registration Flyer or contact SHD.

Health Care Decisions Week events being planned
Communities around the state will be calling attention to the importance of advance care planning during California's second Health Care Decisions Week, November 7-13, 2004.

To Highlight the week, the Alliance is:

Speakers bureau available

Healthcare and other professionals from El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties are available to offer a thought-provoking, informational session for community, faith-based and senior groups.  This one-hour program on advance care planning introduces audiences of all ages to the importance of preparing for medical decisions about care near the end of life.  Information is also provided on advance directive documents - what they are, choosing a spokesperson and talking with your family and doctor about your wishes.


Speakers are available for no charge at mutually agreeable times.  To schedule a speaker, contact SHD.


Alliance Participants

Chris Evans, RN, CO-CHAIR

Catholic Healthcare West Strategic Learning

Kathy Glasmire, CO-CHAIR

Sacramento Healthcare Decisions

Barbara Cook Andreotti, RN, CMC

Eskaton/The Senior Connection

Sandra Barak, RN, CHPN

Yolo Hospice

Susan Benson

Sacramento Public Library

Tracy Bryan, APR

Golden State Donor Services

Virginia Carreiro

Vitas Hospice Chaplain

Susan Carson, RN

Catholic Healthcare West

Lisa Choquette

Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center

Rosie Cox, RN

Common Ground Resources

Clare Curran, RN

Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Nurse

Sister Clare Dalton Catholic Healthcare West
Sheila Enders, MSW Catholic Healthcare West
Alan Fisher East Lawn, Inc.
Cheryl Franzi, RN, MSN California Dept of Veterans Affairs
Michael Gunther-Maher, MD Kaiser Permanente Sacramento
Paul Janke, D.Min. Lutheran Social Services of No. California
Gerald Jones Sutter Roseville Hospice
Candy Kodama, RN Mercy Hospice
Sue Mooney, RN Fremont Presbyterian Church
John Mooney Certified Senior Advisor
Karen Powell Homestead of Fair Oaks
KD Profitt Sutter Resource Library
Rev. Paul Scholl First Call Home Care
Annette Tannascoli Community member, Sacramento
Laurie Webb Amador Senior Services

The Alliance is one of more than 20 community coalitions around the state affiliated with the California Coalition for Compassionate Care. Formed to bring about meaningful change in the delivery of end-of-life care in
California, the Coalition includes 50+ healthcare and consumer organizations. Visit