WSHA presents Olympic Medical Center CEO Eric Lewis with Joe Hopkins Memorial Award

The Washington State Hospital Association presented Eric Lewis, CEO of Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, with the Joe Hopkins Memorial Award during the association’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 12, 2017, at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. The award recognizes Lewis’ leadership in his community and his strong advocacy for a better health care system for all Washington state residents.... Read More >>

WSHA honors hospitals with awards for demonstrating community health leadership

The Washington State Hospital Association honored hospitals with awards recognizing their efforts to demonstrate community health leadership during the association’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 12, 2017, at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. The Community Health Leadership Award is among the association’s highest honors awarded to health care organizations 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 >>

Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn receives Grassroots Champion Award from American Hospital Association

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has awarded Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn its 2016 Grassroots Champion award for his health care advocacy and for fostering support for candidates for public office who are champions for health care. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) recognized Glenn for the achievement at its 41st Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference in Chelan, Wash., June 27.... Read More >>

WSHA’s statement on the Senate health care vote

From Cassie Sauer, WSHA President & CEO: Last night the U.S. Senate voted down a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The partial repeal — a so-called “skinny” reform — would have removed largely insurance-related portions of the ACA, such as the individual and employer mandates.... Read More >>

Newport Hospitals & Health Services, Kittitas Valley Healthcare receive WSHA Rural Quality ~ Everyday Extraordinary Award

Newport Hospitals & Health Services and Kittitas Valley Healthcare received the Washington State Hospital Association’s 2017 Rural Quality ~ Everyday Extraordinary Award. Newport Hospitals & Health Services received the award for its success in its “Surgical Site Infection Prevention Project,” and Kittitas Valley Healthcare received the award for its success in its “KVH Sepsis Taskforce.”... Read More >>

Senate “discussion draft” health care bill would leave hundreds of thousands of Washington residents without access to health care coverage

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) strongly criticized the Senate’s health care reform bill, released today.... Read More >>

Inslee signs law to help providers, cities, counties confront opioid crisis

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed House Bill 1427 to enact several recommendations made by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force. The bill will help cities and counties across the state confront the epidemic by lowering barriers to treatment and reducing wait lists for treatment. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Eileen Cody, will give health care providers more information about their prescribing practices to boost the use of best practices.... Read More >>

Governor signs Patient Safety Act, marking a step forward in strengthening how hospitals develop nurse staffing plans

The state’s leading organizations representing nurses and hospitals today applauded Governor Jay Inslee’s signing of the Patient Safety Act, a collaborative effort to strengthen nurse staffing committees and staffing plans for nurses in hospitals across the state.... Read More >>

Washington State providers and delivery systems react to House passage of American Health Care Act

Five organizations that represent Washington State’s largest health care delivery systems, physicians and providers are united in their disappointment with the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the House of Representatives. All believe the bill will harm their patients and the state’s health care system and are committed to working with the Senate to defeat or significantly modify the bill in line with their principle of preserving coverage... Read More >>

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