The WSHA Safety & Quality Team believes in challenging and supporting hospitals to provide safe, high-quality, accessible, culturally competent, and equitable care for all Washingtonians.
Who We Are
The Safety & Quality Team is experienced in designing data-informed programs to achieve state and regional safety and quality priorities. We draw from previous experience working in hospital systems including nursing, clinical leadership, perinatal, population health, patient safety and quality management. To inform our work across specialized fields, we maintain our clinical and quality credentials.
What We Do
WSHA Safety & Quality professionals provide content expertise to hospitals participating in WSHA-led clinical quality and patient safety improvement programs. Individual consultation is provided to member hospitals to enhance clinical programs or troubleshoot implementation challenges. Team members actively participate in state level emerging healthcare issues impacting hospital members, such as COVID-19, and partner with WSHA’s Government Affairs team to translate legislation into hospital implementation of new requirements.
As a trusted leader in healthcare quality, the WSHA Safety & Quality team convenes hospitals in learning collaboratives and rapid cycle improvement workshops. Our unique position as a non-regulatory organization with a system level view of hospital performance across the state, allows us to work with member hospitals transparently to identify and address root causes of safety and quality issues.
WSHA Hospital Safety & Quality Priorities
Each year, priorities are re-evaluated by the WSHA Safety & Quality Committee and WSHA Board. Safety and quality programming aligns with health policy requirements and national health care industry standards designed to reduce and eliminate patient harm and improve clinical and quality care outcomes. Key priority areas for 2021-2023 are listed below. Click here for the full list of ongoing and historical Quality Initiatives.