Each year the Washington State Hospital Association recognizes the excellent work of individuals and organizations who make health care better for the residents of our state. Awards are given annually during WSHA’s Annual Meeting in October. Click on the links on the left for more information.

Joe Hopkins Memorial Award

*Note: Only Administrators/CEOs and Trustees/Commissioners can make nominations*

Joe Hopkins Memorial Award logoThe Joe Hopkins Memorial Award was created in 1987 to acknowledge an individual who displays the spirit of Joe Hopkins’ vision and dedication to Washington’s hospitals, with a special focus on his interest in rural health.

Winners can be hospital administrators, board members, or other notable leaders in rural health care, and winners are chosen by a committee of past recipients.

2021 Winner: Dr. Peter Rutherford

Community Health Leadership Award

Community Health Leadership Award logoHospitals, health systems and public hospital districts are increasingly called upon to address the health needs of their entire community.

All WSHA members can make nominations, and all qualifying nominees will have their projects featured as part of the Annual Meeting, on WSHA’s website and in WSHA’s Weekly Report, which is sent to nearly 4,000 subscribers.

See 2021 winners

Ben Lindekugel Governance Excellence Award

Ben Lindekugel Governance Excellence Award LogoThe Governance Excellence Award was created in 2019 and is given by WSHA’s Hospital Governing Boards Committee to a hospital board member or commissioner who has displayed exemplary leadership and community service. All WSHA members can make nominations.

2020 Winner: Cherry Alice Van Tine

Rural Quality Award Program

Apply now for the 2024 Rural Quality Everyday Extraordinary Award.

WSHA’s mission is to lead, challenge and assist hospitals to improve the health of their communities. Our rural members often demonstrate exceptional resourcefulness, teamwork and creativity when tackling quality improvement (QI) aims. In effort to recognize rural hospitals demonstrating exceptional dedication to quality, we invite eligible facilities to participate in the WSHA Rural Quality Award Program.

The Rural Quality Everyday Extraordinary Award recognizes a rural hospital completing an exceptional quality improvement project. Successful applications should outline a project addressing a significant problem, employ a data-driven approach, consider culture of safety in implementing a solution, and explain what results were achieved. Additionally, they should be scalable for wider adaptation by other rural hospitals. 


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Washington State Hospital Association
999 Third Avenue
Suite 1400
Seattle, WA 98104

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206.283.6122 fax

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