Stayin’ alive: WSHA bills still moving

Friday was the cutoff for most bills to be considered in the opposite house, and we are now heading into the final stretch of this year’s short legislative session. We are happy to report that many of the significant bills WSHA supports made it through both the House and Senate, and are now headed to the governor for his action. Several other bills WSHA supports are awaiting concurrence between the House and Senate.... Read More >>

PeaceHealth United General Medical Center makes strides in oncology treatment

PeaceHealth United General Medical Center is growing its oncology services, offering a broader array of specialty treatment closer to home for those in the Sedro-Woolley community. The medical center’s North Puget Cancer Center (NPCC) offers stereotactic therapy — precise targeting of fewer high dose treatments that traditional therapy — for lung, liver and adrenal tumors, as well as respiratory gated therapy, which enables physicians to treat moving targets and avoid interfering with the heart when treating patients suffering from left-sided breast cancer.... Read More >>

Health Benefit Exchange board names new CEO

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange board unanimously voted last week to permanently appoint Pam MacEwan as the new chief executive officer, effective immediately. She has served as interim CEO since... Read More >>

Mark your calendar for Rural Conference in Chelan, June 26-29, book your hotel now!

As the warmth of spring returns and the snow begins to melt away, it’s time for us to get ready for the WSHA & AWPHD 40th Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference in Chelan June 26-29!... Read More >>

A resource in the response to the Zika virus

You’ve likely seen the news reports about the mosquito-borne Zika virus the last few weeks, following the virus as it made its first appearance in the U.S. and eventually in Washington State, coming stateside after being contracted abroad. As of Feb. 1, the World Health Organization declared Zika a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, this week health officials confirmed a second case of Zika in Spokane County. The virus can be transmitted sexually from men and through blood transfusions.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 3/3/2016

Recent member news from the March 3, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Leaders in Health Care 2016

The Leaders in Health Care Awards gala, sponsored by Seattle Business Magazine, took place Feb. 25, recognizing leaders in our state that have been outstanding in delivering care.... Read More >>

AHA guide offers ‘Triple Aim’ strategies to improve behavioral health care

A new report from the AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative describes strategies, action steps and examples for hospitals, health systems and community stakeholders working to develop a well-coordinated, accessible, affordable and accountable system for delivering behavioral health care.... Read More >>

Webinar helps public hospital districts take advantage of the USAC program

AWPHD and Network Service Solutions (NNS), an Industry Partner of Washington Hospital Services, are hosting a webinar about the benefits of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) program for health care organizations. The USAC program provides qualifying health care providers with a 60 to 90 percent discount on IT expenditures.... Read More >>

InSight explores how telemedicine can help in the fight against teen suicide

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner, InSight, has written a bulletin exploring the issue of teen suicide. They feel that telemedicine can be a part of the solution to this very complicated issue by increasing access to trained mental health professionals.... Read More >>

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