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State legislature reaches budget deal, calls for investments in mental health

The Washington State Legislature has reached agreement on a supplemental budget, bringing the 2016 state legislative session to a close. Overall, WSHA is very pleased with the results of this year’s session. The budget is very good for hospitals and health systems, provides significant new funding for mental health and makes no significant cuts to hospitals or health care. Additionally, important funding was provided to implement many of the WSHA-supported policy bills.... Read More >>

Remembering a great health care leader

Dick Davidson has passed away. As I have devoted five years of my professional life to the privilege of leading your association, I have come to learn more about this remarkable man and his leadership and insights. Dick Davidson was a giant in our business. There are more than a few, but Dick clearly stood out.... Read More >>

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center boasts largest teen volunteer program in the state

When Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center first launched its volunteer program when the hospital opened in 2005, it had about 60 volunteers, and only one or two of them were teens. By 2015, the medical center fostered a strong core of 630 active volunteers, including the largest group of teen volunteers at any hospital in Washington State and Oregon, with 240 young adults volunteering their time.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 3/31/2016

Recent member news from the March 31, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Registration to open next week for Rural Leadership Conference in Chelan June 26-29

Registration will open next week for the WSHA & AWPHD 40th Annual Rural Leadership Conference in Chelan, and you will be able to register online here. This year’s theme is “Point of View,” and we will be exploring health care through various perspectives, such as how hospitals and health systems are viewed by the community, consumers, health care executives and board members.... Read More >>

Welcome new health care leaders

MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital recently named Julia Truman as its new chief operating officer, and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center has named Cherie Martin as its new chief operating officer.... Read More >>

Washington State Registry Program helps members prepare for summer staffing needs

The Washington State Registry Program (WSRP) is a streamlined vendor management services (VMS) initiative designed to assist participating institutions obtain vital supplemental health care personnel without the cumbersome and time-consuming administrative problems normally associated with securing staff from outside agencies.... Read More >>

State House and Senate come to budget agreement, call for investments in mental health care

The Washington State Legislature has reached agreement on a supplemental budget, meaning the legislature can soon conclude its special session. Overall, WSHA is very pleased with the results of the 2016 state legislative session. The budget is very good for hospitals and health systems, provides significant new funding for mental health and makes no significant cuts to hospitals or health care. Additionally, important funding was provided to implement many of the WSHA-supported policy bills.... Read More >>

WSHA Legislative Session Kick-Off Webcast

Next Monday is the start of the 2016 session of the Washington State legislative session. Although it's scheduled to be a short one (and we all hope it will be), it doesn't mean important work can't be done. ... Read More >>

New vistas: I have decided to retire from WSHA early next year

As I have said to my board, staff and members this week, it has been a privilege to serve as CEO of WSHA. I joined this great organization five years ago, after having been a member myself. Over the last five years, we have done amazing work with members and internally to help ensure our communities have access to high quality health services.... Read More >>

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