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Investing in Washington

Several weeks ago, I was invited by former member Diane Cecchettini to an event to spotlight the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. The Scholarship is a unique partnership that is helping to build the next generation of scientists, engineers and health care professionals.... Read More >>

Group Health membership votes in favor of Kaiser acquisition

Group Health members have formally approved the proposed acquisition of Group Health Cooperative by California-based Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. The proposal was supported by a membership vote on March 12. A total of 8,824 eligible members voted in favor of the acquisition, and 1,586 voted against it.... Read More >>

Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital names new COO

MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital has named Jennifer Hamilton as its new Chief Operating Officer. Jennifer has more than 20 years of experience in health care. She most recently was the director of clinical support at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla.... Read More >>

Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings from CMS

The purpose of this bulletin is to ensure hospitals are aware that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be adding an overall hospital “star rating” to Hospital Compare. The new rating will be part of the April update to the site.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 3/17/2016

Recent member news from the March 17, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Legislative update: We could be heading to overtime

Today is scheduled to be the last day of this year’s short state legislative session. We are happy to report that many of the significant bills WSHA supports made it through both the House and Senate. We are continuing to work on the state budget, particularly focusing on mental health. The legislature could indeed adjourn today, but it looks likely that there will need to be some overtime to finish the budgets.... Read More >>

HHS ships blood products to Puerto Rico in response to Zika outbreak

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that it is arranging and funding shipments of blood products from the continental United States to Puerto Rico to ensure an adequate supply of safe blood for island residents as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico experiences active mosquito-borne Zika transmission.... Read More >>

Making the Equity-of-Care Pledge

WSHA leadership recently had the opportunity to participate in a reception and reading with Dr. Damon Tweedy, author of “Black Man in a White Coat.” Dr. Tweedy is a Duke-trained psychiatrist dedicated to health equity, and his book was also the topic of a recent column by Jerry Large in The Seattle Times. He addressed the intersection of race and medicine as a medical student, physician and patient. ... Read More >>

Recent member news: 3/10/2016

Recent member news from the March 10, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Northwest Kidney Centers: More than just a dialysis provider

For more than half a century, nonprofit Northwest Kidney Centers has worked to improve the lives of people with kidney disease. Besides treating patients at 15 dialysis centers, Northwest Kidney Centers helps 300 people give themselves dialysis at home. The organization also holds contracts to provide dialysis in nine local hospitals.... Read More >>

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