As WSHA’s President & CEO, I have the privilege to engage with WSHA members throughout the year, in all sorts of settings and occasions. And while I enjoy every chance I have to connect with the Washington health care community, the WSHA Annual Meeting is by far my favorite experience of the year.
WSHA’s Annual Meeting and Governance Education Day is a two-day event that offers our members the chance to network with peers across the health care system, share best practices and get up to date on the latest industry policies and trends. It is our biggest event of the year, and although registration is now closed, you can still walk-up day-of to attend.
After hearing feedback from our members, we have moved the conference out of downtown Seattle to the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington in Renton, where the spacious conference center overlooks the water. We think you’ll like the new venue as much as we do.
Our members also asked us to seek out speakers with national stature, and we have done so. Our plenary speakers at the Annual Meeting are ones you won’t want to miss. This year we’re welcoming Shankar Vedantam, who is a social correspondent for NPR and host of the podcast “Hidden Brain,” one of the most popular podcasts in the world. The podcast focuses on human behavior and the social sciences, and how research in those fields can get listeners to think about the news in unusual and interesting ways.
We’ll also welcome authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Chris McChesney. Barbara has written 14 books, including “Nickel and Dimed” and “Bait and Switch.” Her latest book, “Natural Causes,” examines the ways in which we obsess over death, our bodies and our health. Chris is the Global Practice Leader of Execution for FranklinCovey Co. and the co-author of “The 4 Disciplines of Execution.” His work has impacted hundreds of organizations around the world.
The Annual Meeting will be followed by the Governance Education Day on Oct. 10. On this day, we bring together hospital leaders and members of hospital governing boards to learn and address emerging issues impacting health care organizations across the state.
I can’t wait to see you there!