Gregg Davidson will chair WSHA

Gregg Davidson, Superintendent and CEO of Skagit Regional Health, has been elected Chair of the Washington State Hospital Association. As Chair, Davidson will preside over the Board of Trustees and lead the hospital association’s work for the coming year. “Gregg has long been a leader in the association, and we’re very excited to have him in... Read More >>

“Achieving Best Care” award recognizes hospitals’ achievement in improving patient safety

The 2015 “Washington State Hospital Association Achieving Best Care” award recognizes achievements in making health care safer. “When it comes to our hospitals’ achievements in patient safety, Washington state has so much to be proud of,” said WSHA Senior Vice President for Patient Safety Carol Wagner. “We’re working on the biggest challenges of health care... Read More >>

WSHA wins major federal contract to improve patient safety statewide

The Washington State Hospital Association’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. As a Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), WSHA will support hospitals’ rapid improvements in important areas of care.... Read More >>

Breastfeeding-friendly hospitals help create ‘Healthiest Next Generation’

Breastfeeding can give babies a healthy start in life. Hospitals play an important role in helping mothers start and continue breastfeeding. A new state program, Breastfeeding Friendly Washington Hospitals, recognizes hospitals that are taking steps to support breastfeeding. “We know that babies are more likely to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives if they breastfeed for at least six months,” said state Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “Hospitals that encourage and support breastfeeding are helping to raise the healthiest next generation. Expectant parents will soon have an easier time finding out how breastfeeding-friendly their local hospital is thanks to the Breastfeeding-Friendly Hospitals program.”... Read More >>

Washington physicians and hospitals support advance care planning for public and medical community

We plan for major life events such as college, marriage, and having children - yet when it comes to planning the last chapters of our life, people often do not discuss what kind of health care they want during this significant time. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) are working towards the vision that: Everyone in Washington will receive care that honors personal values in the last chapters of life.... Read More >>

WSHA Wins on Certificate of Need

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Washington State Supreme Court today unanimously invalidated the state Department of Health’s expanded Certificate of Need rule, which would have significantly increased the number and type of hospital transactions that require expensive and lengthy regulatory review before they are allowed to move forward.The decision states: Therefore, the department exceeded its scope of authority... Read More >>

WSHA Response to U.S. Supreme Court Verdict

May 15, 2015, SEATTLE, Wash. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court has supported, with a 6-3 vote, the federal government’s right to set up health insurance exchanges and subsidize individual health insurance premiums. “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote in the majority... Read More >>

Governor signs into law bill that ensures nurse & doctor safety, & transparent payments for suspects

Collaborative efforts leads to more clear security and payment expectations May 15, 2015, SEATTLE, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee signed the suspect and inmate guarding and payment bill (SB 5593) into law this morning. This legislation sets payment and guarding rules for patients who are in custody, and is a legislative success for patients, staff, law... Read More >>

WSHA Announces Support for Healthier Hospitals Initiative

Environmental improvements can save health care dollars and improve the health of patients, employees and community The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) announced today that it has joined the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a national campaign designed to lead change in the health care sector by helping hospitals adopt more sustainable practices in their day-to-day operations. HHI... Read More >>

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