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2020 NHPCA Annual Trade Show

2020 NHPCA Awards Luncheon

WEBINAR: Education is 90% of Our Job with Barbara Karnes, RN

2020 NHPCA Conference

About the 2020 NHPCA Conference

Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association (NHPCA) is proud to host the “Living a Good the End of Life” conference each year at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln. This regional event brings together more than 300 professionals who care for patients and families with chronic or terminal illnesses, including physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, administrators, and counselors. The conference will feature nationally respected keynote speakers, an awards luncheon, trade show, raffle, silent auction, and breakout education sessions.


Conference Location

Embassy Suites by Hilton Click here for map and directions.
1040 P Street, Lincoln, NE
402-474-1111 |


City parking garages are located on the east and west sides of Embassy Suites for a daily parking charge of $11.25. Hotel valet parking is available for $19 per day. Meter parking is also available.

Hotel Reservations

Click here to book a hotel room online, or call 402-474-1111 and request the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association block. The group code is HPC. Make reservations by Feb. 23, 2020, to guarantee room rate.


Conference Highlights

Education Sessions

Choose from a variety of concurrent education sessions to acquire a maximum of 12.5 continuing education credit hours. Three education tracks (clinical, social/spiritual, and other) will be offered.

A full list of sessions is available here. Session handouts will be added as they are submitted.


Annual Awards

Nominations for the 2020 annual awards close Feb. 14, 2020. Award recipients will be notified via email and recognized at the NHPCA Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Click here to submit a nomination for the annual awards!

Shining Star Award
The Shining Star Award recognizes an individual, group, or organization that has illustrated outstanding leadership in the promotion of end-of-life services, raised awareness on end-of-life issues, developed a new program, or developed or completed outstanding work in an end-of-life coalition.

Spirit of Hospice Award
The Spirit of Hospice Award recognizes true commitment and outstanding dedication to the hospice philosophy of care. Nominees should have promoted quality hospice care over the last year. They should display openness to the needs of all they have cared for, reverencing the dignity of diversity.

Outstanding Hospice Volunteer Recognition
The volunteer recognition program honors exemplary volunteers from Nebraska’s hospice programs. Volunteer Coordinators will be contacted with information on recognizing exemplary hospice volunteers. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 21, 2020. 


Conference Scholarships

NHPCA will award seven one-day conference scholarships for qualified individuals in the following disciplines:

  • Nursing (two scholarships)
  • Chaplain (one scholarship)
  • Social work (one scholarship)
  • Volunteer coordinator (one scholarship)
  • Bereavement coordinator (one scholarship)
  • Hospice aide (one scholarship)

Both the application and the recommendation form must be submitted to NHPCA by Feb. 14, 2020. Scholarship recipients will be notified via email and recognized at the NHPCA Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Click here to apply for a conference scholarship!


Annual Awards Luncheon

NHPCA will honor recipients of the State Impact Award, the Shining Star Award, and the Spirit of Hospice Award at the 2020 NHPCA Awards Luncheon. Conference scholarship recipients and outstanding volunteers will be recognized as well. The luncheon will include a special guest appearance by Senator Mark Kolterman of Legislative District 24.

The awards luncheon is included with full and Wednesday registrations for the 2020 NHPCA "Living a Good Life... at the End of Life" Annual Conference. Non-conference attendees and Tuesday daily registrants planning to attend the Awards Luncheon must purchase a ticket here.


Annual Trade Show

Registered conference attendees are invited to the trade show, open 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. The trade show offers a great opportunity to visit with exhibitors and become better acquainted with their products, services, and equipment! Sign up at participating booths to win a variety of prizes donated by exhibitors.

Click here if your business is interested in reserving a booth.


NHPCA Raffle and Silent Auction

During the conference, participate in the NHPCA Annual Raffle and Silent Auction. Winners can take home a variety of items and packages. Proceeds support scholarships for hospice and palliative care professionals in Nebraska.

To donate, complete the NHPCA raffle and silent auction contribution form here.


St. Patrick's Day Special Event for Attendees

Michael Londra and the Celtic Fire | Tuesday, March 17

Lied Center for Performing Arts, Main Stage
301 N 12th Street, Lincoln

Irish singing sensation Michael Londra and his dazzling cast of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance alums perform a lively evening of traditional Irish music and step dancing. Backed by an ensemble of Ireland’s finest musicians, Michael Londra and the Celtic Fire promise an electric St. Patrick’s Day celebration straight from the heart of the Emerald Isle.

NHPCA has secured a group of discounted tickets available for sale to attendees. Contact for more information or to purchase.


Conference Sponsors



Sponsorships Available!

Multiple sponsorship opportunities allow your business to support the 2020 NHPCA Annual Conference and put your products and services directly before hospice and palliative care members from across the state. Prices and description of the different opportunities are available in the Exhibitor and Sponsor Opportunities Flyer. Contact for more information.


Conference Planning Committee

Nicole Beck
CHI Health at Home, Omaha

Paul Jensen

Lisa Pham
Hospice Community Care of Nebraska, Lincoln

Bob Bleicher, MD
HoriSun Hospice, Lincoln
Susan Kufeldt
ruralMED Home Care Resources, Seward
Diane Randolph
Tina Coffey
AseraCare Hospice, Lincoln
Rhonda Lange
CHI Health at Home, Lincoln

Lisa Weber
Hospice of Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus

Heather Elton
Hospice of Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus
Marilee Malcom
ruralMED Home Care Resources, Holdrege

Christine Wismer
Tabitha Hospice, Lincoln

Gary George
Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence, Omaha
Beth Nelsen
Eastmont Towers/The Monarch, Lincoln

Renee Paulin, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Nurse Planner, UNMC, Omaha 

Christina Harvey
AseraCare Hospice, Grand Island
Mary Oliver
St. Joseph Villa Homecare and Hospice, Omaha
Heidi Keeler, PhD, RN 
Director of Continuing Nursing Education, UNMC, Omaha



For questions about the 2020 "Living a Good the End of Life" Annual Conference, contact