WSHA welcomes Chris Bandoli as senior vice president for policy and advocacy

November 3, 2016

Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross
WSHA VP, Membership and Communications; 206/216-2894

Bandoli will lead WSHA’s state and federal legislative work

SEATTLE—Following a nationwide search, the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) announced today that it will welcome Chris Bandoli as its new senior vice president for policy and advocacy. Bandoli — who has been with Regence BlueShield since 2007, serving as director of government affairs for the last 5 years — will begin work with the association later this month, filling the spot previously held by Executive Vice President and incoming President and CEO Cassie Sauer.

chris-bandoliBandoli’s background includes work directing government affairs strategy and execution, work on regulatory issues, developing and maintaining partnerships, and managing political action committees. He has a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has also worked in the nation’s capital, most notably for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology.

“Chris brings a wealth of invaluable experience to our team and will be instrumental in leading WSHA’s policy and advocacy work forward as we work to improve health care for all our state’s residents,” Sauer said. “His integrity, candor and knowledge are outstanding, and he will be a tremendous asset to the organization.”

Bandoli’s work will be in direct support of WSHA’s strategic plan of achieving the “Triple Aim” of health care of improving the quality of care and experience of the patient, improving the health of the population, and leading the country in delivering cost-efficient care. Read more about WSHA’s strategic plan at

Sauer will assume her role as WSHA’s president and CEO in January, replacing Scott Bond, who will retire at the end of year.


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