Mr. Solheim has spent the last year increasing his understanding of hospital governance and ability to enhance board effectiveness through participation in the WSHA Health Care Governance Education program. Participation included attending webinars and peer learning events on a variety of topics, ranging from community health needs assessments to federal and state health care policies.
He will be recognized at the WSHA Health Care Governance awards dinner on Wednesday, May 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Seattle Airport Marriott. The dinner is scheduled the evening before the WSHA 2020 Safety & Quality Leadership Summit, which will take place on Thursday, May 14.
The Washington State Hospital Association launched the WSHA Health Care Governance Education program in 2019 to help increase the skills and expertise of those who govern Washington state health systems. This includes members of boards of directors and public hospital districts’ elected commissioners. Fifty-nine individuals representing 29 hospitals and health systems across Washington state earned their WSHA Health Care Governance certification, and 105 individuals logged at least one credit hour in 2019.
“As health care leaders, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves on how to best assist our hospitals and health systems in meeting the needs of our patients and the greater community,” WSHA Hospital Governing Boards Committee Chair Buffy Alegria said. “The WSHA Health Care Governance Education program is a valuable opportunity to expand our knowledge.”
“Excellent governance is essential to excellent hospitals,” WSHA President & CEO Cassie Sauer said. “We are inspired by the popularity this program has garnered, as it shows the commitment our health care leaders have to improving their own skills to better serve their communities.”
Trios Health, a UW Medicine Community Health Partner, operates two hospitals to accommodate the area’s fast-growing population: Trios Women’s and Children’s Hospital at its downtown Kennewick location and Trios Southridge Hospital in south Kennewick. Trios Medical Group, comprised of nearly 100 employed physicians and providers, serves as the core of a growing medical staff network of 325+ providers throughout the Tri-Cities and includes practices and services at six Care Centers and one Urgent Care Center.