Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine receives full FDA approval

Full FDA approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for everyone ages 16 and older was tremendous news this week! This is a landmark moment in the fight against the global pandemic, and we are hopeful that this will move those who are eligible but hesitant to be vaccinated... Read More >>

Statement from the Washington State Hospital Association on the impact of record heat

As temperatures soared across the state this week, so did the number of people seeking hospital care for heat related illness. For several days before the heat wave hit, hospitals planned for the possible increased needs and worked with each other and community organizations to prepare... Read More >>

Mask mandates still apply in health care settings

As Washington State approaches a full reopening, we want to offer a reminder that masks are still required in health care settings, even for those who are fully vaccinated. This mandate comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washington State Department of Health, and we at WSHA strongly support it... Read More >>

Winter weather delays vaccinations across the country

The recent winter weather has shut down some COVID-19 vaccination clinics across Washington state and disrupted the national vaccine supply chain, delaying vaccine shipments across the country. This has forced many clinics across the state to reschedule many appointments... Read More >>

Joining the Nurse Licensure Compact would enable hospitals to add needed nurses quickly to staff beds to better serve patients

Washington state has an opportunity in 2021 to join the Nurse Licensure Compact, which is a 34-state partnership that allows nurses to practice across state lines... Read More >>

Follow-up: WSHA Virtual Press Conference

Today Washington state’s 112 hospitals and health systems announced the launch of a public education campaign to encourage people to avoid delaying care for new or chronic medical concerns, and reassure them that care can be safely accessed – even during a pandemic... Read More >>

Media Advisory: Washington health care providers unite to address misconceptions, encourage appropriate use of health care

Washington state’s 112 hospitals and health systems are launching a public education campaign to address these concerns and encourage people to get care when they need it... Read More >>

WSHA statement on Gov. Inslee’s guidelines for non-urgent surgeries

This much-needed clarification will help ensure patients are able to get the care they need, when they need it, maintaining the quality of life for our friends, family and neighbors.... Read More >>

Hospitals encourage communities to get routine care, don’t become an emergency

Life is on pause, but your health care needs are not. Please seek care when you need it so you don't become an emergency.... Read More >>

Language access supports during COVID-19

The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC) and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) have each compiled a list of the best COVID-19 resources in multiple languages.... Read More >>

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