Last week marked the 80th Annual Meeting for the Washington State Hospital Association with the theme of Patients First: Moving Beyond the Norms. Nearly 300 health care leaders from across the state participated in the event.
The annual meeting provides a great opportunity to honor and recognize the good work of health care leaders across the state and this year was no exception. Summit Pacific Medical Center received this year’s Community Health Leadership Award for their innovation and commitment to providing patient centered care in their new facility, which was built around the medical home model.
Kudos to Reneé Jensen and her team!
WSHA honored organizations excelling in the area of patient safety and quality with the 2013 “Safe Care in Action” award. Hospitals participating in the Partnership for Patients initiative earned the award by achieving a 40 percent reduction in harm or were in the top 10 percentile for six or more measures or for 80 percent of eligible measures in the 10 key areas. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics and United General Hospital were both honored for this achievement. Congratulations Eric Moll and Greg Reed!During the annual business meeting, the membership approved the candidates for the 2013-2014 WSHA board of trustees, including the new slate of officers. Our own Julie Petersen, PMH Medical Center was unanimously approved for the position of Chair-Elect. Congratulations Julie!
The Washington Rural Health Association elected new Board members at the annual membership meeting on March 20, 2013. Newly selected for three-year terms were Jeff Johnson, Wipfli LLP; Melissa Lovell, Office of Community Health Systems; Ron DeArth, administrator of Morton General Hospital; and Cass Bilodeau, from Kadlec Health System.
Leah Layne Memorial Health Leadership Award – Winner Renee Jensen
The 26th NW Regional Rural Health conference awards ceremony honored true examples of authentic leadership, genuine dedication and commitment to the rural health community.
Dr. John Anderson Memorial Award for Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner – Winner Dr. Shawn Andrews (Left to Right: Karen Jensen, Shawn Andrews, and Renee Jensen)
After a nationwide search was conducted for new leadership, Forks Community Hospital welcomes William McMillan as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his new role at Forks, Mr. McMillan was the CEO of Curry Health District in Gold Beach, Oregon since 2007. He has also been an administrator for Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, Oregon, and the Chief Executive Officer at Guam Memorial Hospital Authority in Guam.
Mr. McMillan received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH.
In the fall of 2012, Kendall Sawa became CEO of Ocean Beach Hospital. Mr. Sawa came from PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, in Alaska, where he served as the regional vice president for patient care services.
Kendall attained his diploma as a Registered Nurse from LethbridgeCommunity College in 1996 and attended the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, focusing on Community Health. In 1997 he moved to Ketchikan, Alaska and spent the majority of his career actively involved in the development and delivery of health care services in South East Alaska. In 2007, Kendall obtained his Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and is currently pursuing a dual graduate degree of a Masters in Business Administration with a Masters in Health Care Administration.
Western Washington Rural Health Care Collaborative recently received a health information technology network development grant from HHS. WWRHCC is one of 40 rural recipients across the US. HHS has awarded a total of $11.9 million and WWRHCC will receive almost $300,000 in the first year to assist five members: Forks Community, Whidbey General, Morton General, Willapa Harbor and Ocean Beach. The hospitals will use the funds to adopt electronic health records and other health IT tools and to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments for the meaningful use ofEHRs. The grant funds will also be used to purchase equipment, software and provide training for staff members. Continue reading
Congratulations to Tom Tomasino, recently appointed as CEO of Whidbey General Hospital, one of our nine member facilities. Tom had served as interim CEO while their Board of Directors sought to fill the vacant position, and they have determined they need look no further. Following is a piece appearing in the hospital’s newsletter, “Pulse,” which offers more in-depth information on Tom’s background as well as his excellent fit for the hospital’s needs. Thanks to Trish Rose, who authored the piece. Continue reading
An official kick off for the CAH HIT Grant project began in August 2008 with chosen vendor, Orion Health. Since this time, Forks Community Hospital has taken the place of Whidbey General Hospital. Forks Community Hospital (Forks, WA) will join Jefferson Healthcare (Port Townsend, WA) and Morton General Hospital (Morton, WA) to implement the health information exchange. Continue reading
In July 2008, a vendor for the CAH HIT Grant was chosen. We proudly announce that Orion Health will be working with the three WWRHCC Critical Access Hospitals, Jefferson Healthcare (Port Townsend, WA), Whidbey General (Coupeville, WA), and Morton General (Morton, WA) to implement a health information exchange. Over the course of the coming months, Orion Health will be utilizing their expertise to bring this exchange to life. If you would like to know more about Orion Health, please visit their web site athttp://www.orionhealth.com.
In September 2007, the WWRHCC was awarded the FLEX CAH HIT Grant in the amount of $1.4 million dollars on behalf of the Washington State Department of Health – Office of Community and Rural Health. The primary focus of this grant will be to build a health information exchange between three of the WWRHCC Critical Access Hospitals and each of their respective Rural Health Clinics for the purposes of Telepharmacy and to provide elect information to Harborview Medical Center (Seattle, WA). The three Critical Access Hospitals (CAH’s) chosen were Jefferson Healthcare (Port Townsend, WA), Whidbey General (Coupeville, WA), and Morton General (Morton, WA). Continue reading