Avoiding the flu

WHSA has been partnering with hospitals across Washington and Alaska to increase flu immunizations in health care personnel in an effort to prevent transmission, absenteeism and presenteeism. We reached an astounding 87.5 percent vaccination rate for 2016-2017 and are striving for even more vaccinations this season.... Read More >>

Making the equity pledge

One of our core beliefs as an organization is that everybody in our state should have access to the right care, at the right place, at the right time, and that everybody should be able to enjoy equally positive health outcomes. Just like caregivers will treat anyone who walks into the ER, we want access and positive outcomes to transcend all demographic distinctions across Washington State.... Read More >>

Making our communities safer

Last weekend’s mass shooting in Las Vegas is officially the deadliest mass shooting in our country’s history, with at least 59 people dead and more than 520 injured. This horrible display of violence was as shocking as it was tragic. Our hearts go out to the victims, loved ones and caregivers in Las Vegas, and we know we are not immune from such violence here in Washington State.... Read More >>

WSHA director of rural health programs selected for new national leadership program to build health equity 

Washington State Hospital Association Director of Rural Health Programs Jacqueline Barton True has been selected to join Culture of Health Leaders: a program co-led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She will join leaders from across the country to collaborate and innovate to solve persistent challenges and advance a Culture of Health: one that places well-being at the center of every aspect of life.... Read More >>

WSHA’s Jacqueline Barton True selected for national leadership program to build health equity

WSHA’s Director of Rural Health Programs Jacqueline Barton True has been selected to join the 2017 cohort of Culture of Health Leaders, which is a program co-led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity and the CommonHealth ACTION with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Jacqueline’s work will focus on building Washington’s rural communities and addressing social determinates of health.... Read More >>

Preserving access to care for Washington residents

Senate Republicans are making a last-ditch effort at repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through budget reconciliation, racing to beat a September 30 deadline to pass a bill with just 50 votes (plus a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Pence). The bill would replace federal funds for Medicaid expansion and subsidies for individual market insurance sold in the marketplaces with a lump sum block grant for states. It would also repeal the ACA’s individual and employer mandates while giving states flexibility in enforcement of additional consumer protections.... Read More >>

Florida Hospital Association launches employee relief fund in wake of Hurricane Irma

Over the last week, Hurricane Irma began its destructive journey across Florida. Despite the risks, hospital teams throughout the state remained on the job throughout the storm. Now, thousands of caregivers and hospital teams across Florida are caring for patients despite the damage to their own homes. Although the storm’s full impact is still being assessed, we know that many of our hospital colleagues lost homes or experienced significant property damage. ... Read More >>

Caring for our entire community

Hospitals are required to care for everyone who comes through the door with the most intense care that is needed and available, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Hospitals are also required to help low-income patients cover their medical bills through charity care. This helps ensure that everyone is able to get the right care, at the right place, at the right time.... Read More >>

Hurricane Harvey: Disaster, inspiration and a way to help

Houston is my hometown, and I’m watching in horror as it drowns. While we saw some wild Texas weather during my childhood, we never saw anything as devastating as Hurricane Harvey. I still have friends and family in the area. They are all safe. Some are in their homes, but quite a few evacuated. This week is only the beginning of the challenges Houston faces. The repercussions from this storm will last for years.... Read More >>

Honor a great program or leader with one of WSHA’s 2017 awards!

You can now nominate a leader or program for WSHA’s Joe Hopkins Memorial Award and Community Health Leadership Award (respectively). The awards will be presented at WSHA’s Annual Member Meeting Oct. 12 in Seattle.... Read More >>

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