2017-2018 WSHA Committees

Compensation Committee | Executive Committee | Finance, Audit & Compliance Committee
Hospital Governing Boards CommitteeNominating Committee | Patient Safety Committee
Public Policy Committee | Rural Hospital Committee | Strategic Planning Committee

 

Compensation Committee

Per Article VIII, Section 11 of the WSHA Bylaws:

The Compensation Committee shall consist of the Chair, Chair-Elect, Past-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer of the board. The Committee shall assist the board in fulfilling its responsibilities for establishing and overseeing the executive compensation program of the Association, including succession planning.

Per WSHA board approved Compensation Committee Charter:

The purpose of the Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities for establishing and overseeing the executive compensation program of the Association. The Committee shall consist of at least four (4) or more independent members of the Board. The members of the Committee shall be the appointed officers of the Board and subject to removal by the Board in accordance with the Association’s Bylaws. The CEO, although prohibited from being a member of the Committee, may participate, when asked, in general sessions of the Committee so long as he or she is excused when the Committee is reviewing or making decisions regarding the CEO’s compensation. The Board Chair shall serve Chairperson of the Committee. The Board shall fill vacancies on the Committee and may remove a Committee member from the membership of the Committee at any time without cause. Members shall serve until their successors are appointed by the Board.

Staff: Taya Briley and Linda Simmons


Executive Committee

Per Article VIII, Section 4 of the WSHA Bylaws:

The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, the Chair, the Chair-Elect, the Immediate Past-Chair, the Secretary-Treasurer, and two additional members selected from the board and appointed by the Chair of the Board of Trustees. In making those selections, the Chair shall make sure that at least one member of the Committee is a rural member and that at least one is a trustee or commissioner of a member institution. The Chair shall be the Chair of the Committee. In his or her absence, the Chair-Elect shall so serve. The Committee, during intervals between board meetings, shall possess and exercise those powers of the board as described under Article V, Section 5 of these Bylaws. The Executive Committee shall keep regular minutes of its proceedings, and shall promptly send copies thereof to each member of the Board of Trustees.

Staff: Taya Briley and Linda Simmons


Finance, Audit & Compliance Committee

Per Article VIII, Section 5 of the WSHA Bylaws:

The Finance, Audit, and Compliance Committee shall consist of the Secretary-Treasurer, at least two and no more than three members of the Board of Trustees who are appointed by the Chair, and no less than two and no more than three individuals who have accounting or related financial management expertise and who are not Board members, officers or employees of the Association, appointed by the Chair.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall chair the Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee. Members of the Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee shall serve a term of one year, commencing with the beginning of the Association’s fiscal year, January 1.

The Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee shall annually present to the Board of Trustees a proposed budget for the Association for the ensuing fiscal year. After adoption by the board, the committee shall monitor Association revenues and expenses, and shall present periodic financial reports to the Board of Trustees. The Finance, Audit, and Compliance Committee shall engage a public accounting firm to conduct an annual audit and shall also review and provide recommendations regarding each annual audited report prepared by the public accounting firm after the close of the Association’s fiscal year. The Finance, Audit, and Compliance Committee shall make recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding expenditures and regarding membership dues and other sources of financing the operations of the Association and its subsidiaries.

Staff: Tom Evert and Cindy Skinner


Hospital Governing Boards Committee

Per Article VIII, Section 10 of the WSHA Bylaws:

The Governing Boards Committee shall consist of a Chair who shall be appointed by the Chair of the Board of Trustees and such other members appointed by the Chair of the Board of Trustees taking into consideration that the committee membership should include representation from: commissioners and trustees, member hospitals and health systems of all sizes and from different geographies and payment models, and at least one chief executive officer or administrator representative. The Committee shall consist of no fewer than twenty and no more than thirty-five members. The Governing Boards Committee shall: provide members with a forum for discussing and presenting ideas to the Association; develop educational programs to increase competencies of governing board members and inform them about current issues in health care and hospital management issues; promote responsiveness to community health needs and collaboration with other community organizations; encourage governing board members to engage in Association advocacy activities and Association governance; and bring governing boards issues forward to other relevant committees and the Board of Trustees.

Staff: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross and Ben Lindekugel


Nominating Committee

Per Article VIII, Section 3 of the WSHA Bylaws:

The Nominating Committee shall consist of the following members:

The Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees who shall serve as Chair of the committee;

The Chair of the Public Policy Committee, who is also Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees

The Chair of the Rural Hospital Committee;

A member of Rural Hospital Committee appointed by a majority vote of the Committee;

The Chair of the Patient Safety Committee;

The Chair or an appointee of the Hospital Governing Boards Committee; and

Three at-large members who are current or recent members of the Board of Trustees to be selected so as to ensure the diversity of WSHA membership is represented on the committee.

In the event the Immediate Past Chair is not able to serve as Chair, the Chair shall appoint another Past Chair to the committee who shall serve as the committee Chair.

Staff: Taya Briley and Linda Simmons


Patient Safety Committee

Per Article VIII, Section 8 of the WSHA Bylaws:

The Patient Safety Committee shall consist of a Chair appointed by the Chair of the Board of Trustees and such members and other individuals appointed by the Chair of the Board of Trustees, taking into consideration that committee membership shall include representation from: trustees or commissioners, chief executive officers, medical officers, nursing leadership and clinical leadership, quality leadership, physician and nursing association leadership, including representation from the Washington State Medical Association and Northwest Organization of Nurse executives, payers, and all segments of the WSHA membership. The Committee shall consist of no fewer than twenty and no more than thirty-five members. The Patient Safety Committee shall use the power of collective action to improve quality and safety. It will encourage collaboration to transform care to align with future needs. The membership will include and the work of the committee will support urban, rural, large and small hospitals.

Staff: Cassie Sauer, Jennifer Graves and Josh Russell


Public Policy Committee

Per Article VIII, Section 6 of the WSHA Bylaws:

The Public Policy Committee shall consist of the Chair-Elect of the Association, who shall be Chair of the Committee, American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board Delegates who are elected by the Assembly, a representative from the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, and such other members appointed by the Board Chair. The Committee shall consist of no fewer than twenty and no more than thirty-five members. The Public Policy Committee shall develop WSHA’s federal and state legislative agenda for board approval, provide guidance to WSHA about emerging public policy issues, develop non-legislative solutions to public policy issues, and recommend to the Board of Trustees positions on major public policy issues WSHA wishes to initiate or to which WSHA wishes to respond. The committee shall also recommend major WSHA public relations campaigns.

Staff: Chris Bandoli and Dana Pellegrini


Rural Hospital Committee

The Rural Hospital Committee shall consist of a Chair who shall be appointed by the Chair of the Board of Trustees and such other members appointed by the Chair of the Board of Trustees taking into consideration that the committee membership shall include representation from: diverse geographies within the state, rural hospitals of varying sizes and payment models, chief executive officers, clinicians, finance officers, and other staff as appropriate or necessary, and trustees and commissioners. The Committee shall consist of no fewer than ten and no more than fifteen members. The Rural Hospital Committee shall focus on the needs of hospitals designated as rural by the Washington State Department of Health or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and shall: develop and lead the Association’s rural strategy; build and develop a shared interest and shared approaches to rural innovation and access to care in rural communities; identify collaborative ways to reduce cost and increase efficiency among rural hospitals and recommend specific ways that the Association could assist; analyze and respond to current legislative and regulatory issues affecting rural hospitals; serve as a formal program committee for educational programs aimed at rural hospitals; bring rural issues forward to other relevant committees and the Board of Trustee: approve one member of the rural hospital committee to serve on the Association nominating committee in addition to the rural hospital committee chair; and recommend rural candidates to the nominating committee for consideration.

Staff: Claudia Sanders, Jacqueline Barton True and Dana Pellegrini


Strategic Planning Committee

Per Article VIII, Section 7 of the WSHA Bylaws:

The Strategic Planning Committee shall consist of the Immediate Past Chair of the Board, who shall be Chair of the Committee, and such other members appointed by the Board Chair. The Committee shall consist of no fewer than twenty and no more than thirty-five members. The Strategic Planning Committee will monitor the external environment, develop the Association’s strategic plan, monitor and report progress on the Association’s strategic plan, and advise the Board of Trustees on long-term matters.

Staff: Claudia Sanders and Dana Pellegrini

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