Holiday Edition 2013
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President's Message
FEATURED ARTICLES
Lead by Example: Know the Qualities of a Good Leader
What is Partnership for Patients (P4P)?
Initiative Spotlight: Kitsap County Cross Continuum Care Transitions Project (KC4TP)
Prep to Present to the C-Suite or the Board
Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program Scholars
DEVELOPMENT AND CAREER
Your Career & Development - JOB BANKS
ACHE: Become Board Certified in Healthcare Management
UW Executive MHA and Medical Management Programs
CHAPTER AND RESOURCES
2013-2014 Officers and Board Members
Get Involved! WSHEF Board and Committees
WSHEF Vision & Values
ACHE Tuition Waiver Assistance Program
ACHE Call for Nominations for Regent-at-Large
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Chapter Officers
President
Kimbra Wells Metz, MHA, FACHE

President-elect
Andrea Zavos Turner, MHS, FACHE

Immediate Past President
Mary Ann Keogh Hoss, PhD, FACHE

Secretary
Barbara Anspach, MSN, RN, FACHE

Treasurer
Jim Cannon, MHA, FACHE

FEATURED ARTICLES
Initiative Spotlight: Kitsap County Cross Continuum Care Transitions Project (KC4TP)

Qualis Health is proud of the work community coalitions throughout Idaho and Washington are doing to improve the safety of care transitions and reduce hospital readmissions.

One of these coalitions has recently been in the national spotlight. Have you seen the online video that highlights the role of skilled nursing facilities in the Kitsap County Cross Continuum Care Transitions Project (KC4TP)? The KC4TP has also had the distinction of presenting their work at local and national conferences, as part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) initiative.

As part of the KC4TP, skilled nursing facilities work collaboratively with the hospital to provide “warm handovers” so key information regarding each patient is available at the time of transition. They have also compiled a listing of the various local skilled nursing facilities' capabilities, to facilitate smoother SNF referrals.

Your community coalition might consider implementing either of those two strategies, or having representatives across the care continuum all take a training session together.

Members of the KC4TP have:

  1. Undergone Teach Back training to improve communication with patients and
  2. Implemented components of the INTERACT program.

For more information, please contact Qualis Health and/or the Washington Health Care Association.

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2014 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

Join us March 24–27 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for the 2014 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, the world's premier educational and networking event for healthcare executives.

By attending ACHE’s Congress, practical know-how and big ideas can become tangible solutions. Come to Congress for:

  • Knowledge: Choose from more than 140 seminars and special programs to create a schedule that meets your unique needs.
  • Ideas: Connect with more than 4,000 of your peers to share best practices, discuss current challenges, identify opportunities and expand your professional network.
  • Solutions: Discover key approaches to providing greater access to care, increasing quality and affordability, integrating technologies, enhancing workforce strategies and more.

In November, keep an eye out for complete information in the printed and digital versions of the 2014 Congress brochure. Event registration and lodging reservations will open on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Visit ache.org/Congress to preview the 2014 Congress major speakers.

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ACHE Clusters

  • February 10-13, 2014 - Pheonix, AZ
  • June 23-26, 2014 - Seattle, WA

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Call for Innovations for the 2014 Management Innovations Poster Session

ACHE would like to invite authors to submit abstracts of their posters for consideration for the 30th Annual Management Innovations Poster Session to be held at the 2014 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. We are interested in innovations on issues affecting your organization that might be helpful to others, including improving quality or efficiency, improving patient or physician satisfaction, implementation of EHRs, uses of new technology and similar topics. All accepted applicants will be expected to present their posters on Monday, March 24, 2014, between 7 and 8 a.m., and posters will remain on display at Congress from March 24 – 26.

The top innovations will also be published in the 2014 Management Innovations booklet placed on ache.org. In addition, the participant presenting the innovation judged to be the most creative, broadly applicable and useful to the healthcare management field will receive a Health Administration Press book of his or her choice. Award winners will be announced at the Malcolm T. MacEachern Memorial Lecture and Luncheon on Tuesday, March 25. Visit ache.org/CongressPosterSession for the selection criteria and to submit your one-page abstract by Jan. 21, 2014.