This week marked the official start of summer, and with that, we are just a few days away from heading out to the shores beautiful Lake Chelan for our 40th Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference at Campbell’s Resort! It may be hard to believe, but we’ve been holding this conference at Campbell’s Resort for all 40 years, as it grew from a tiny gathering into a large annual tradition.
Over the years, we’ve had some great memories, and looking back at the photos, there are many familiar faces that transcend the decades that come and go. We have lots these of old photos, and we’ll be sharing many more of them as we celebrate our conference’s 40th birthday.
What truly makes this conference extraordinary is you. This conference gives us an opportunity to get together and explore issues unique to rural health care and move into the future together with the shared goal of improving the way we care for patients, making the entire system more efficient and allowing the community to become healthier.
Our rural hospital and health systems play such a crucial role, serving as a safety net for so many of our smaller communities in our great state. This work we come together to do is important, and we’re proud to have so many great speakers lined up for you, including Rich Harwood (from the Harwood Institute), Harold Miller (from the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform) and Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman.
I’d like to extend my sincerest thanks to everyone who has continued to join us year after year at Campbell’s Resort. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in Chelan next week for another year of learning, catching up and improving the way we deliver care in Washington State.
President and CEO