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 >>

WSHA responds to Gov. Inslee’s behavioral health plan

Gov. Jay Inslee has released his behavioral health plan as part of his proposed budget for the 2019-2021 biennium. WSHA released a statement on the behavioral health plan.... Read More >>

Olympic Medical Center CEO Eric Lewis will chair WSHA Board

Seattle — Olympic Medical Center CEO Eric Lewis has been elected Board Chair of the Washington State Hospital Association. As chair, Lewis will preside over the Board of Trustees and help lead the hospital association’s work for the coming year. “Eric has been involved as a leader with WSHA in numerous capacities, and we are... Read More >>

Public/private safe prescribing initiative results in significant reductions of Apple Health (Medicaid) opioid prescriptions

A public/private safe prescribing initiative launched in late 2017, called Better Prescribing, Better Treatment, has resulted in significant reductions in Apple Health (Medicaid) opioid prescriptions in less than a year, initiative partners announced today. The partners, the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and the Washington State Health Care Authority... Read More >>

WSHA honors hospitals for demonstrating community health leadership

Seven Washington hospitals or health systems receive WSHA’s Community Health Leadership Award The Washington State Hospital Association honored hospitals with awards recognizing their efforts to demonstrate community health leadership during the association’s Annual Member Meeting Oct. 11, 2018, at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. The Community Health Leadership Award is among the association’s highest honors awarded... Read More >>

WSHA presents Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn with Joe Hopkins Memorial Award

Mike Glenn joined Jefferson Healthcare as CEO in October 2010. With Jefferson Healthcare, Glenn guided a campus master plan and major capital improvement campaigns, created an environment that fosters community engagement and is responsive to community voices, and integrated behavioral health, substance abuse treatment and dental care into the primary care setting to provide whole-person care.... Read More >>

WSHA Annual Member Meeting to address innovative leadership for health care

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) will hold its Annual Member Meeting Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront, showcasing educational programming from local leaders that will address innovative tactics for improving health care.... Read More >>

WSHA, OAHHS partner to establish Northwest Safety and Quality Partnership

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) have established the Northwest Safety and Quality Partnership. The new partnership combines health care quality and safety initiatives from both associations to serve all 169 hospitals and health systems in Washington state and Oregon, making health care safer for patients and caregivers in both states.... Read More >>

Gov. Inslee proclaims April 16 Healthcare Decisions Day

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed April 16, 2018, as Healthcare Decisions Day in Washington. The day recognizes the need for and efforts to encourage individuals to discuss and record choices ahead of time regarding future medical treatment — known as advance care planning — and to have those wishes honored.... Read More >>

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