Can effective antimicrobial stewardship decrease risk for sepsis?

A recent study found that there was an increased risk for sepsis within 90 days of discharge among patients with high exposure to high-risk antibiotics or increased quantities of antibiotics during hospitalization.... Read More >>

Feeling blessed for our health care system

I spent last week on a medical mission in Nicaragua with my family and a team of providers, offering medical care to residents of several villages near our home base in San Ramon. It's been an annual tradition for us for the last five years, and a rewarding way to give back using my abilities as a nurse. ... Read More >>

Odessa Memorial gives UW students a taste of rural health care for spring break

For many, the best way to really see what a career is like and whether it would be a good fit is to do a job shadow. For more than a decade, Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center has offered this experience to UW students interested in health care through the UW Health Care Alternative Spring Break.... Read More >>

WSHA in the news: Modern Healthcare

WSHA was recently featured in an article in Modern Healthcare! Our initiative launched in 2012 to help hospitals share information with one another — initially to create a standard set of practices to lower the frequency of unnecessary visits — has served as the basis for other programs across the country. ... Read More >>

Gov. Inslee declares April 16 Healthcare Decisions Day

Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed April 16, 2018, as Healthcare Decisions Day in Washington. The day recognized the need for and efforts to encourage individuals to discuss and record choices ahead of time regarding future medical treatment — known as advance care planning — and to have those wishes honored.... Read More >>

Membership updates: 4/19/2018

Legacy Health has appointed Kathryn Correia as its next president and CEO, effective in June. Welcome Kathryn! ... Read More >>

Recent member news: 4/19/2018

Recent member news from the April 19, 2018 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Opportunities to advance health equity during National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month, and this year’s focus is on partnerships in advancing health equity, which is an important component of WSHA’s strategic plan. Data shows differing outcomes for patients in Washington based on race, ethnicity, language and other social divides, the causes of which must be addressed to deliver safe and effective health care for everyone. ... Read More >>

Mary Bridge child life specialists make the hospital less frightening for young patients

The hospital can be a frightening place for young patients, not knowing what to expect with procedures or what might happen next. At Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, a team of child life specialists work to make the hospital less scary for patients, working with them throughout their stay to help them know what to expect, and even bring a little fun into the hospital.... Read More >>

Read the public health haikus!

In honor of National Public Health Week April 2-8, WSHA invited members and WSHA staff to share haikus about public health! ... Read More >>

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