Recent member news: 7/7/2016

Recent member news from the July 7, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

National organ donor registration coming to iPhone

iPhone users will be able to sign up as an organ, eye and tissue donor through the Health app with the release of iOS 10 this fall, Apple and Donate Life America announced July 5. The app’s Medical ID feature makes information such as medical conditions, allergies, medications, blood type and emergency contacts available to first responders in an emergency.... Read More >>

Providence Health & Services, St. Joseph Health officially merge, commit to improving mental health

Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health have come together to create Providence St. Joseph Health, a not-for-profit health and social services system that will serve as the parent organization for more than 100,000 caregivers across seven states. The newly formed system celebrated its first day by committing to be a catalyst for improving mental health care in the United States.... Read More >>

Chelan: An important time for us to work together

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan for our 40th Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference! It was a pleasure to see all of you there, and as always, we truly enjoyed spending this time with you, catching up and of course discussing the unique opportunities and challenges of rural health care, this year paying particular attention to health care as viewed from various points of view.... Read More >>

Washington State Medical and Hospital Associations Launch Opioid Task Force

The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) and the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) announced today the launch of a joint task force to develop solutions to address the growing opioid epidemic, with an eye towards ways physicians and hospitals can play a more active role in tackling this issue.... Read More >>

DataGen Review of Medicare’s Readmission Reduction & Hospital Acquired Condition Programs & Reports for Washington Hospitals

Click here to view webcast recording Click here to view webcast slides... Read More >>

A safety net for our rural communities

Rural health care is a vital part of the American health care system. It is the backbone of rural communities, not just supporting health, but also providing these communities with jobs and economic stability.... Read More >>

Surgery expansion in rural Washington

Pullman Regional Hospital recently received a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust to help fund the expansion of surgical services and upgrade operating room technology. The grant is for $250,000 and will complement donations made through the hospital’s 2016 Annual Giving for Excellence Fund, which supports the Surgery Expansion Project.... Read More >>

Survey highlights hospitals’ progress, opportunities to increase equitable care

Hospitals are making some progress to achieve health equity, but more work needs to be done, according to a biennial benchmarking survey released June 22 by the AHA’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management. The survey found significant increases from 2013 in the percentage of hospitals that are using data on patient race, ethnicity and language to identify gaps in care and implement programs to improve quality.... Read More >>

Presentations from Chelan available soon!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan this week for the 40th Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Presentations from our speakers will become available in the coming days on the WSHA website.... Read More >>

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