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PeaceHealth welcomes new CEO

Liz Dunne will take over as president and CEO of PeaceHealth Nov. 1. She is currently a community CEO for Providence Health & Systems South Bay region in Calif.; she will take over for Alan Yordy, who retired in June after 25 years with PeaceHealth. She has a master’s degree in business and computer resource... Read More >>

PeaceHealth St. John helps mentor young riders at bike rodeo

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview recently teamed up with the Longview Police Department to hold a bike rodeo, teaching more than 50 local children the essentials of bike safety. The hospital’s trauma department provided free bike helmets and fittings, and offered bike safety checks. Teen volunteers set up obstacle courses for the younger... Read More >>

Kittitas Valley Healthcare highlights positive changes

Kittitas Valley Healthcare recently developed a video that explains the transition to preventative, team-based health care at the hospital, and how it improves patient health and the quality of the care patients receive. This emphasis aligns closely with other initiatives, such as Healthier Washington, to make real advances in the health of the entire population. Watch... Read More >>

PeaceHealth Southwest unveils breast cancer awareness boat

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Kearny Breast Center has a new way to celebrate cancer survivors. Last month, the hospital unveiled a donated pink dragon boat dedicated to life after breast cancer, taking it to Vancouver Lake for a Zen Buddhist blessing and an inaugural lap around the water. The boat will make several community appearances... Read More >>

Breastfeeding-friendly hospitals help create ‘Healthiest Next Generation’

Breastfeeding can give babies a healthy start in life. Hospitals play an important role in helping mothers start and continue breastfeeding. A new state program, Breastfeeding Friendly Washington Hospitals, recognizes hospitals that are taking steps to support breastfeeding. “We know that babies are more likely to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives if they breastfeed for at least six months,” said state Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “Hospitals that encourage and support breastfeeding are helping to raise the healthiest next generation. Expectant parents will soon have an easier time finding out how breastfeeding-friendly their local hospital is thanks to the Breastfeeding-Friendly Hospitals program.”... Read More >>

Weekly Report for June 18, 2015 – Hospital History: Navy Hospital Corps celebrates 117 years

In 1898, President William McKinley signed the bill that established the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps. It began with 25 pharmacists, and has since multiplied in both scope and impact to include doctors, nurses, dentists, and other medical service corps officers. From the Revolutionary War, to recent overseas operations in Iraq, Hospital Corpsmen have been present at every pivotal moment in... Read More >>

Weekly Report for June 11, 2015 – Chelan is Coming: Registration Details, Board Sessions and Industry Partners

Our annual Chelan conference, held June 21-24, is an amazing gathering for rural hospital leaders– it’s also a critically important one. In order to ensure our rural communities have access to high-quality health care, executives and boards need an understanding of the changes to both care delivery and payment. This work requires an increasingly high level of... Read More >>

Weekly Report for June 4, 2015 – New House and Senate Budgets Released: No Big Changes in Hospital Issues

Over the last week, we saw two new budget proposals:  the Senate Republicans released a new budget last Thursday, followed by the House Democrats on Monday. If you’ve never looked at a state budget, it’s an impressive set of documents. As soon as a budget proposal is released, WSHA staff and lobbyists immediately begin a... Read More >>

Weekly Report for May 28, 2015 – Seeking the Right Care at the Right Time

Atul Gawande, MD, is relentless in his efforts to shine a bright light on the future of health care. His “Checklist Manifesto” and “Being Mortal” sit on many bookshelves in the Puget Sound area, including bookshelves at WSHA. His latest New Yorker article is a good, but uncomfortable read (see it here). It’s a stimulating... Read More >>

Weekly Report for May 21, 2015 – Focus on Rurals: The Chelan Conference

The days are getting brighter and longer: for those of us at WSHA, all those signs of summer are also signs of the conference we just refer to as “Chelan.” It’s complete name is the “WSHA & AWPHD Rural Hospital Leadership Conference.” This is an annual meeting of great importance to our members and to us. ... Read More >>

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