Meeting/Event Information

Challenges in Guardianships

November 21, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Multi-Purpose Room
925 Fourth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104


Education Program:  A panel discussion on the current challenges of Guardianships in healthcare across the state of Washington and ways to address them.

Presenters:  Heath Fox - Fox Ballard, PLLC (attorney), Christina Davitt - Ogden Murphy Wallace (attorney), Kim Cummins (Executive Director of Care Continuum), Angie Heaton (Director of Risk Management of Valley Medical Center)


Heath Fox:

Heath is a dedicated defender of healthcare professionals. For nearly two decades Heath has focused his civil litigation practice on the defense of claims against hospitals, physicians, nurses, long term care facilities, and other healthcare professions. He has extensive experience in licensing matters for healthcare providers and consults on health law and guardianship issues. Heath has obtained favorable jury verdicts in cases involving wrongful death, surgical complications including paralysis and other permanent disabilities, and alleged “never events”. He also volunteers as an attorney mentor, board member, and volunteer coordinator for the Washington Medical-Legal Partnership, dedicated to helping people in vulnerable populations during times of crisis.

Angelika Heaton:

Angelika Heaton has extensive Risk Management experience and has been a results oriented risk and claims professional with expertise in leading, organizing and executing programs to mitigate and control risks associated with patient care services. She was most recently the Director of Risk Management at UW Valley Medical Center and just joined the Risk Management team at Providence/Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

Christina M. Davitt:

Christina M. Davitt is of counsel at Ogden Murphy Wallace PLLC in the Wenatchee office. Her practice is focused on guardianship, representing hospitals and health care entities, professional and lay guardians, as well as estate planning and probate. She is a Certified Professional Guardian and a Title 11 Guardian ad Litem. Prior to obtaining her law degree at Seton Hall University, she practiced as a geriatric nurse practitioner and is a co-author of the text, Case Studies in Geriatric Medicine. 

Kim Cummins:

Kim Cummins has worked in the health care field since 1994. Her experience spans the continuum including ambulatory clinic services, hospital care, and behavioral health services for both adults and children. Kim has a Master's Degree in Health Law from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from LSU School of Allied Health. Throughout her career she has been recognized as a successful and dynamic leader, collaborator, influencer and change-agent, as well as expert problem-solver. Kim is certified in Lean in Health Care from University of Michigan School of Engineering. She is also a Certified Professional in Health Care Quality (CPHQ). Kim has been an integral member of Executive Leadership Teams and Advisory Boards throughout her career. Based on a widely-known reputation for advanced knowledge, skills and results, Kim was sought after and hired as an expert consultant for assessing organizational performance, then developing and implementing strategic plans, providing leadership coaching, developing staff, and implementing performance improvement/compliance systems at several organizations. Kim has successfully led the following departments throughout career: Care Management, Social Work; Performance Measurement; Utilization Review; Patient Experience; Staff Development; Health Information Management; and, Corporate Compliance. Currently, Kim is the Executive Director of the Care Continuum for MultiCare Health System Puget Sound Region.

Anticipated CLE/CE credits: 1.0 (pending approval)

Fees: This session is offered free of charge to current WHCRMS members and for $25.00 to non-members. Members must have their WHCRMS login information in order to register free of charge. Guests who have never previously been a member to WHCRMS may apply their $25.00 registration fee toward a WHCRMS membership.  

Attendance: Guests may attend either in-person or remotely via webinar. 

**Registrants will receive a separate e-mail with instructions to connect to the webinar/teleconference and meeting materials a few days prior to the education session**

Questions - Contact Noah Wick at [email protected] or 206-492-5264


$0.00 Active Member Ticket

$25.00 Non-Member Ticket