What are you wearing on Friday?

No, we’re not planning our outfits for homecoming — Friday is National Wear Red Day: a day to raise awareness around heart conditions and learn how to identify, treat and even avoid them. While all of February is National Heart Month, Friday puts a special light on how heart disease affects women.... Read More >>

Whidbey General Hospital reveals new name — WhidbeyHealth — to unify its health system

Whidbey General Hospital began as a single facility in 1970, but a lot has changed in the last 45 years, with the hospital growing into a $100-million-per-year health network. It now has eight clinics, from Oak Harbor to Clinton, that go by almost as many different names. With this growth and demand for health care service in the community, it is changing its name to WhidbeyHealth.... Read More >>

Providence Health Care chief executive 2016 chair-elect to AHA governing council

Elaine Couture, R.N., chief executive of Providence Health Care, is 2016 chair-elect of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Metropolitan Hospitals. She will assume her role in 2017. ... Read More >>

InSight Health announces Partnership with Washington Hospital Services

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner InSight, which is a national leader in telepsychiatry issued a press release announcing our partnership. ... Read More >>

Legislative update: Supporting hospital-based clinic pharmacy licensing

WSHA testified this week in support of Senate Bill 6558, which would provide direction on how to implement current pharmacy licensing law (SB 5460), giving hospitals an efficient way to license their clinics and transfer essential medications to them. ... Read More >>

Webinar discussion Feb. 23 on the Health Care Authority’s Link4Health Initiative

WSHA is hosting a one-hour webinar Feb. 23 to provide basic information and answer questions on Link4Health, the state’s effort to advance electronic exchange of clinical records and transform health care. This new program, sponsored by the Health Care Authority, is intended to provide real-time information exchange among providers caring for Medicaid patients. The state has partnered with OneHealthPort, the state-designated health information exchange, on this initiative.... Read More >>

Welcome health care leaders!

There has been a lot of change recently in leadership roles for hospitals and health systems across the state. WSHA is pleased to congratulate these health care leaders on their new positions!... Read More >>

Thank you for last week: January 25-29

We are very thankful for everyone who comes to Olympia to testify! Your testimony is essential for helping legislators and the public to understand the real impact of proposed legislation. Last week, we were pleased to have testimony from Dr. Michael Schiesser from EvergreenHealth.... Read More >>

WSHA legislative testimony: February 1-5

WSHA is testifying on the following bills this week.... Read More >>

Deadline Friday for bills to pass through committees

Friday Feb. 5 is the last day to pass bills from legislative committees to the floor in the house of origin (except for House fiscal committees and the Senate Ways & Means and transportation committees). We are focused this week on making sure the bills we support make it out of committee.... Read More >>

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