We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving comes at a beautiful time in our state, with trees shedding the last of their auburn leaves and snow beginning to fall in the mountains. This year we are also a few weeks past the close of a tense election cycle that has divided many of our communities and calls into question the future of health care. This makes Thanksgiving 2016 a particularly important one.... Read More >>

Embracing our missions: Caring for all

In the wake of last week’s election, we have heard concerns from hospital leaders across the country about heated conversations and tense emotions among hospital and health care staff, and in waiting rooms among patients. Each of you might consider reminding your staff to not engage in polarizing conversations, and share with them tools for defusing heated conversations among patients.... Read More >>

What the election means for health care

Now that the election is complete, we must now focus on good governance. WSHA will continue to advocate for access to high quality health care for all through a vibrant and robust delivery system in our state and our nation.... Read More >>

WSHA welcomes Chris Bandoli as senior vice president for policy and advocacy

Following a nationwide search, the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) announced today that it will welcome Chris Bandoli as its new senior vice president for policy and advocacy. Bandoli — who has been with Regence BlueShield since 2007, serving as director of government affairs for the last 5 years — will begin work with the association later this month, filling the spot previously held by Executive Vice President and incoming President and CEO Cassie Sauer.... Read More >>

Check out the WHS blog

Many times as a result of the success of WSHA in both Policy and Patient Safety, downstream work arises for our members. One of Washington Hospital Services’ roles is to provide a network of vetted Industry Partners that can support this work. WHS launched a blog exploring the ways in which we are able to leverage our business relationships to the benefit of our member hospitals.... Read More >>

WSHA welcomes Chris Bandoli as new senior VP of policy and advocacy

Following a nationwide search, we are excited to welcome Chris Bandoli as our new senior vice president for policy and advocacy. Chris — who has served as the director of government affairs for Regence BlueShield since 2007 — will begin his work at WSHA later this month, filling the spot previously held by Executive Vice President and incoming President and CEO Cassie Sauer.... Read More >>

Save the Date for first Washington Immunization Summit

Increasing our state’s immunization rates is a key element of WSHA’s strategic plan, as it helps us build a healthier community for our state. Fortunately, WSHA is not alone in this work, and the first Washington Immunization Summit will be held April 26, 2017 at the Conference Center at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.... Read More >>

The road to equity of care

We in health care have known for a long time that different groups of people have different levels of health. The data has long been available, showing us that inequality persists in many areas, including race, ethnicity, age, language and sexual orientation.... Read More >>

Fighting against cuts to hospital-based clinics

Access to care continues to be a paramount goal for WSHA in support of our member hospitals and health systems. When Medicare and Medicaid patients are seen at a hospital-based clinic, the clinic receives a higher payment for its services than a traditional physician’s office would. These payments are crucial, as hospital-based clinics have more regulatory requirements and see more Medicare and Medicaid patients, while many community physicians are limiting their panels.... Read More >>

Leading and shaping the future of health care

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as your next Washington State Hospital Association president. What an honor to lead a passionate, smart, dedicated, mission-driven staff in serving passionate, smart, dedicated, mission-driven members!... Read More >>

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