Kadlec volunteer coordinator named to National Hospital Panel

The American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees has named Meg Fallows of Kadlec Regional Medical Center to its national Committee on Volunteers. Across the country, volunteers play key service roles to hospitals of all sizes. Not only do they provide compassionate and patient-centered service, but they also contribute thousands of hours of their own time to help meet the needs of patients.... Read More >>

Quincy Valley Administrator Medhi Merred to resign

Quincy Valley Medical Center Administrator Medhi Merred will resign from his position Dec. 12, as he will move to France with his wife and son and begin a new business venture. Medhi has been the hospital’s administrator for roughly 10 years, during which time the hospital remodeled its surgery suites and opened a renovated outpatient clinic.... Read More >>

Cascade Valley board approves merger with Skagit Regional Health

Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics' Board of Commissioners voted Nov. 4 to formally approve the hospital’s merger with Skagit Regional Health. The hospitals announced in March an intent to merge, and both hospitals would keep their publicly elected boards.... Read More >>

Jefferson Healthcare helps community through open enrollment

With open enrollment underway, Jefferson Healthcare’s financial service office is helping Port Townsend area residents navigate the process of signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. In addition to regular office hours when members of the public can visit for assistance, the financial service office is opening its doors on numerous Saturdays between November and January, and counselors will be on hand on several Saturdays at the Jefferson County Library to assist the community.... Read More >>

Staff Care to present 2015 Country Doctor of the Year Award

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Staff Care, Inc. will present the 2015 award to a physician who practices in a rural community and is engaged in such primary care areas as general practice, family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 11/5/2015

Member news headlines from the Nov. 5, 2015 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

WSHA requests additional info on HCA payment rate reductions

WSHA has been working hard to verify the appropriateness of the recent Health Care Authority (HCA) proposed reductions for payment rates for Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals. The HCA recently sent PPS hospitals notices of new Medicaid inpatient and outpatient payment rates, effective Nov. 1, 2015. The rates include an 8 percent reduction for inpatient rates and an 8 percent reduction for outpatient. These changes are due to state calculations to ensure budget neutrality with the payment rates in effect prior to the July 1, 2014 rebasing.... Read More >>

Kadlec CFO Julie Meek to retire

Julie Meek, vice president of finance and chief financial officer at Kadlec Regional Medical Center, will retire at the end of this year. Julie is one of the longest tenured hospital CFOs in the state, having worked in hospital finance for 38 years. She served as the top financial leader at Kadlec for 30 years.... Read More >>

Keith Georgeson named Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital CEO

Keith Georgeson, M.D. has been named chief executive of Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Dr. Georgeson will assume his new responsibility in January 2016. He served as director of the American Board of Surgery from 2000-2006 and chairman of the Pediatric Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery from 2003-2006. ... Read More >>

Providence St. Mary receives grant to fight breast cancer

Providence St. Mary Medical Center has received a grant of nearly $29,000 from the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Eastern Washington that will fund advances in breast cancer prevention for women in the Walla Walla Valley. The grant will supplement the hospital’s Life Saver Fund — which provides free mammograms to low-income women — by increasing the scope of its services and increasing outreach to the local Hispanic population.... Read More >>

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