Recent member news: 2/4/16

Recent member news from the Feb. 4, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Overlake Medical Center launches expansion project to serve growing community

Overlake Medical Center announced last week plans for Project futureCARE, a $242 million investment to transform health care on the King County’s Eastside. The medical center held a groundbreaking to celebrate the first phase of the project: the Overlake Cancer Center, which is slated to open in the second quarter of 2017.... Read More >>

CDC issues health advisory for the flu

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an official health advisory Feb. 1 due to reports of severe cases of influenza. WSHA members have reported surges in patients testing positively for influenza, and staff at some hospitals have begun wearing masks to prevent the spread of the illness.... Read More >>

AHA committees release report on achieving the Triple Aim of health care

Two American Hospital Association Committees — the 2015 Committee on Research and the 2015 Committee on Performance Improvement — recently released a joint report, “Care and Payment Models to Achieve the Triple Aim.”... Read More >>

Bree Collaborative addresses state’s opioid epidemic

The U.S. is in the grips of an opioid epidemic with an estimated 2.1 million people suffering from opioid addiction. The Bree Collaborative approved the Collaborative’s Opioid Workgroup and charter on Jan 20. The workgroup, consisting of clinicians, state employees and policy experts, will look to facilitate implementation of the State Agency Medical Directors Opioid Prescribing Guidelines. These guidelines are intended to reduce the abuse and misuse of opioids.... Read More >>

What are you wearing on Friday?

No, we’re not planning our outfits for homecoming — Friday is National Wear Red Day: a day to raise awareness around heart conditions and learn how to identify, treat and even avoid them. While all of February is National Heart Month, Friday puts a special light on how heart disease affects women.... Read More >>

Whidbey General Hospital reveals new name — WhidbeyHealth — to unify its health system

Whidbey General Hospital began as a single facility in 1970, but a lot has changed in the last 45 years, with the hospital growing into a $100-million-per-year health network. It now has eight clinics, from Oak Harbor to Clinton, that go by almost as many different names. With this growth and demand for health care service in the community, it is changing its name to WhidbeyHealth.... Read More >>

Providence Health Care chief executive 2016 chair-elect to AHA governing council

Elaine Couture, R.N., chief executive of Providence Health Care, is 2016 chair-elect of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Metropolitan Hospitals. She will assume her role in 2017. ... Read More >>

InSight Health announces Partnership with Washington Hospital Services

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner InSight, which is a national leader in telepsychiatry issued a press release announcing our partnership. ... Read More >>

Legislative update: Supporting hospital-based clinic pharmacy licensing

WSHA testified this week in support of Senate Bill 6558, which would provide direction on how to implement current pharmacy licensing law (SB 5460), giving hospitals an efficient way to license their clinics and transfer essential medications to them. ... Read More >>

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