Compassion and diversity are central to health care

As a University of Virginia alumna who spent four years of my life in Charlottesville, Virginia, it was absolutely heartbreaking to see the violence that unfolded there over the weekend. There is absolutely no room for hatred in America, and the events that transpired over the weekend have sent shockwaves through our communities.... Read More >>

We are stronger together

One of WSHA’s greatest strengths is its ability to convene members and different groups to collaborate and solve problems together. Just last week, we were able to use this strength again. On May 24, WSHA hosted a large meeting with representatives from the state Department of Health (DOH), the regional Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) and member hospitals from across the state to collaboratively address health challenges that impact all of Washington State.... Read More >>

WSHA board engages on nurse staffing and mental health

The WSHA Board of Trustees meets at least five times a year to set ensure WSHA is on-track to meeting our ambitious goals. There are 24 voting members, and they represent the spectrum of our state’s hospitals: urban/rural, large/small, system/single facility, and everything in between. At the May meeting, the board focused on two main issues of the legislative session: mental health and the new nurse staffing committee law.... Read More >>

Washington State providers and delivery systems react to House passage of American Health Care Act

Five organizations that represent Washington State’s largest health care delivery systems, physicians and providers are united in their disappointment with the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the House of Representatives. All believe the bill will harm their patients and the state’s health care system and are committed to working with the Senate to defeat or significantly modify the bill in line with their principle of preserving coverage... Read More >>

Gearing up for hospital week

Next week is National Hospital Week, which marks one of the nation’s largest health care events of the year. It’s a week to pay tribute to the history, technology, and dedicated men and women who make hospitals and health systems beacons of confidence and care in their communities.... Read More >>

CareLearning Celebrates 17 Years of providing education to health care organizations

CareLearning is a non-profit online education company designed to help health care organizations meet their educational needs. It is operated by WSHA, along with 40 other state hospital associations.... Read More >>

LEAD Academy Seattle is filling up fast!

There is still time to register for Washington Hospital Services popular LEAD Academy. This 12-module six-day training takes place in-person over the course of six months. It’s aimed at providing new leaders with the skills they need to be successful.... Read More >>

Strong leadership through strong governance

When WSHA’s membership works in concert, were are able to accomplish amazing things, like getting health care worker immunization rates above 90 percent, or creating a common charity care application form for all our communities. These achievements are not possible without a robust governance structure.... Read More >>

Data-driven decision making

Our goal is to give you useful information in a useful way. Over the next two months, we’re going to be testing some changes to Weekly Report to see if we can do better. You may be in one of the groups to see some differences from week to week. We’ll be watching all the usual metrics, but we also hope to be hearing directly from you. Do you like or hate the changes? Are you hoping for something else entirely?... Read More >>

Washington State providers and delivery system speak out against the American Health Care Act

Five organizations that represent Washington State's largest health care delivery systems, physicians and providers are stating their opposition to the American Health Care Act. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA), Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), Washington Association of Community and Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC), and the Community Health Network of Washington (CHNW), along with its subsidiary non-profit managed care company, Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), are calling on Congress to reject the House proposal that puts their patients at risk. Collectively, these groups represent 107 hospitals, 267 clinics, 10,000 physicians and other providers, 315,000 members, and more than 17 million patient visits a year statewide.... Read More >>

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