WSHA honors hospitals with awards for demonstrating community health leadership

October 12, 2017

10 Washington hospitals receive WSHA’s Community Health Leadership Award

Community-health-2017Seattle — The Washington State Hospital Association honored hospitals with awards recognizing their efforts to demonstrate community health leadership during the association’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 12, 2017, at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. The Community Health Leadership Award is among the association’s highest honors awarded to health care organizations in Washington state.

The award is given annually to health care organizations that are serving their communities’ broader health needs in innovative and lasting ways. The recipients aren’t just serving their patients, but they are making their entire communities healthier.

“Health care is traditionally thought of in terms of hospital stays or visits to an outpatient clinic, but a major focus of health care today is community wellness. Our hospitals and health systems have become important community partners, often spreading their services outside the walls of their facilities to reach residents closer to home,” WSHA President and CEO Cassie Sauer said. “The recipients of the 2017 Community Health Leadership Award have developed a diverse array of programs that are individually tailored to meet the unique needs of each community.”

“Each of our winners is setting an example of how Washington’s hospitals and health systems are stepping up with new ways to help their residents live healthier lives,” said Nancy Gorshe, incoming chair of the WSHA Hospital Governing Boards Committee. “We are extremely proud of all of them and the work they have been doing, which continues to make a lasting impact.”

The 2017 Community Health Leadership Gold Award winners and their initiatives are:

The 2017 Community Health Leadership Silver Award winners and their initiatives are:

More information about the Community Health Leadership Award can be found on the WSHA website at

Watch the award spotlight video:


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