STAR Network aims to enhance care for sepsis survivors beyond the hospital through collaboration and real-time care coordination

Hospitals across Washington state are joining together to change the odds for sepsis survivors. The new Sepsis Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Network is providing hospitals and post-acute care facilities, with access to real-time information on sepsis survivor care events to improve outcomes and long-term recovery for sepsis survivors... Read More >>

WSHA honors hospitals, leader for demonstrating community health leadership

WSHA awarded Seattle Children's and MultiCare Health System with its Community Health Leadership Award, and awarded Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Trustee Scott Hilburn with the first-ever Ben Lindekugel Governance Excellence Award.... Read More >>

WSHA honors Newport Hospital & Health Services CEO and superintendent with leadership award

WSHA honors Newport Hospital & Health Services CEO and Superintendent Tom Wilbur with its annual Joe Hopkins Memorial Award... Read More >>

New law will improve health care decision-making for incapacitated patients in Washington state

A newly passed law in Washington state represents a significant increase in health care autonomy for its patients. House Bill 1175, passed during the recent state legislative session, expands decision-making options for patients who lack capacity and helps health care providers ensure patients’ health care decisions are known and honored.... Read More >>

Washington State Legislature passes SHB 1155, sends bill to governor for signature

On April 24, the Washington State House and Senate passed Substitute House Bill 1155, implementing new restrictions on hospital staffing, with most elements of the bill taking effect Jan. 1, 2020. The final bill passed after lawmakers formed a conference committee to determine the bill’s final details. SHB 1155 now awaits the governor’s signature to become law.... Read More >>

Washington State Hospital Association coordinates filing amicus brief in support of the ACA

 On April 1, 2019, the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) joined 25 other state hospital associations in filing an amicus brief in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ... Read More >>

Hospital staffing legislation places patients at risk

Washington state lawmakers are currently considering Second Substitute House Bill 1155, which has unintended consequences that place patients at risk.... Read More >>

Legislation threatens transplant programs in Washington state

Rigid restrictions on the use of on-call staffing could mean hospitals won’t have access to staff when organs become available and patients could miss out on critical matches.... Read More >>

WSHA advances new nurse staffing legislation in 2019

Nurses are critical to the delivery of safe and quality care in Washington state, and it is important that nurses are not fatigued. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) is advancing a new bill, Senate Bill 5344, Concerning Nurse Fatigue, for the 2019 legislative session to address concerns about missed meal or breaks and nurse fatigue.... Read More >>

WSHA welcomes Darcy Jaffe as Senior Vice President for Safety and Quality

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) welcomes its new senior vice president for safety and quality, Darcy Jaffe. Jaffe is an expert in behavioral health and a leader in identifying and advocating for issues at the intersection of public policy and health care quality. She will bring her wealth of knowledge to leading WSHA’s safety and quality department.... Read More >>

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