As we approach year
end, I want to say thank you for permitting me to serve as the WSHEF Board
President. It has been a terrific year
and I have had the opportunity to work with a very committed and talented group
of leaders on the Board and in our membership. During the year we made great strides in outreach and engagement with
our membership and expanded program offerings. Examples of some of WSHEF’s achievements this year include:
- Early Careerist program led by Brian Barry. This program involved a group of 12
early careerists and provided education and networking opportunities
funded in part through an ACHE innovation grant.
- Development of our Champions Network, led by Brooke Stegmeier and
Chris Coon. The Champion Network is
a group of leaders from healthcare organizations all across Washington who
serve as a point of contact for disseminating information and providing
feedback on our activities with a goal of better serving and engaging our
- Collaborative program in Spokane with the Washington Patient
Safety Coalition on Communication Resolution Programs featuring Dr. Thomas
Gallagher of UW Medicine, Dr Jeff Collins of Providence Sacred Heart
Medical Center and Children’s Hospital and Dr Randal Moseley of Confluence
- Advancement webinars led by Parke Corbin. These information sessions are offered
via webinar for members wanting to advance to Fellow, helping them to
learn about the process and tips for successfully passing the exam.
- Meet & Mingles coordinated by Aimee O’Neill and Kellie McClure
providing networking and social opportunities for WSHEF members throughout
the year across the state.
A special thank you
to two individuals who are transitioning off the board at year end and who have
meaningfully impacted the organization during their years of service. Nick Malos co-chaired the programs committee
for several years and worked tirelessly to provide excellent programs for the
membership. Emily Yu served in several
capacities including leading the Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum (AHLF) and
supporting the Communications Committee with website support. Emily also recently hosted the AHLF annual
holiday potluck (see below).
As we look to 2020,
I want to thank the entire WSHEF Board and in particular the officers, President-Elect
Brian Barry, Past President Pam Rock, Secretary Sue Miller and Treasurer Ryan
Sundquist. It has been a pleasure
working with you! I also look forward to
welcoming our new board members, Melissa Moran Hodge and Brittany McCreery and
volunteers Alyssa de le Rosa, webmaster, Dylan Blackburn, AHLF President and
Patrick Lee, AHLF Board liaison.
The Board will be
holding a half day retreat in January to plan for the year ahead. If you have questions or ideas for the Board
to consider, we welcome your input! Feel
free to reach out to me at Lori.Nomura@foster.com.
I hope you have a
wonderful holiday season and best wishes for the New Year!