The Industry Partner Program comes to the Annual Meeting

Washington Hospital Services’ Industry Partner Program will host a table at this year’s Annual Meeting. You can find information about the program here on the WHS website. While attending the conference, please come by and visit to ask any questions you have about the program and for your chance to win the two Kindle Fire HDs... Read More >>

Change to Washington law on consumer data breach notification

A recent state law change has strengthened consumer data breach notification requirements. Under the new law, notice to consumers of a data breach must include specific information and be provided under a new, shorter timeline. WSHA worked closely with the state Attorney General’s Office to develop important exceptions to the law for hospitals complying with... Read More >>

Cantwell urges HHS to use Washington State as a model

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, is urging the federal Health and Human Services Administration (HHS) to use Washington State’s high-performing health care delivery system as a model to reform the Medicare program to focus on the value, not the volume, of health care services. Saying that Washington State... Read More >>

NW MedStar names new director

Northwest MedStar, a service of Inland Northwest Health Services, has named Matt Albright as its new director. Matt has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare and aerospace experience, and has managed community health programs and served as a multi-state director of aircrew safety training. He recently served with the U.S. Air Force at... Read More >>

NWONE welcomes new CEO

The Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives (NWONE) — a WSHA partner — announced that Sarah Wickenhagen will take over as its new CEO, beginning next week. Sarah is an experienced nurse with experience in clinical and management positions, and leadership roles. She has worked as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and a clinical educator,... Read More >>

WHPAC update: $130k toward goal!

The 2015 WHPAC campaign continues and we are doing very well so far in the campaign! To date, we have raised more than $130,000 toward our $200,000 goal. Congratulations to the leadership teams at the following hospitals for already reaching their goal: Capital Medical Center Cascade Medical Center Columbia Basin Hospital Columbia County Health System... Read More >>

Be sure to get the Annual Meeting mobile app – and register to attend!

We’re delighted to invite you to download the mobile event app for the WSHA Annual Meeting, October 7-8 in Seattle. Learn more about the speakers, the issues being addressed, the new leadership being proposed, the by-laws decisions before the membership, the elegant PAC dinner, the nifty prizes available for “active” attendees and more. And if... Read More >>

WSHA wins major federal contract to improve patient safety statewide

WSHA’s record of success in collaborative quality improvement will continue, thanks to the award of a federal contract to make major improvements in 17 key patient-safety topics and reduce harm and overall cost of health care. WSHA was one of just 17 awarded nationally to take part in this work. Partnership for Patients will help... Read More >>

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center scaling back on transfusions

In 2008, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham launched “Bloodless in Bellingham,” a blood management program which enacted medical practices and surgical techniques to reduce the number of blood transfusions needed at the hospital. Now, after seven years, St. Joseph has cut its transfusion rate roughly in half, marking a large success for the... Read More >>

Grateful for the response to a terrible tragedy

Last week’s accident on the Aurora Bridge, when a “duck boat” collided with a tour bus, was an unimaginable tragedy. Four died at the scene, another died a few days after and dozens of people were injured. I have been in health care for the majority of my life, and have seen the response to many, many... Read More >>

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