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Physicians and hospitals are working together to ensure your choices are honored at the end of life. Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest is an initiative of the Washington State Hospital Association and the Washington State Medical Association who have gathered together professionals from various organizations across the region to work on a strategic plan for promoting advance care planning through increasing awareness, knowledge and resources.

Washington State Hospital Association

The Washington State Hospital Association is a membership organization representing   community hospitals and several health-related organizations.  The association provides issues management and analysis, information, advocacy and other services. In 2005 launched the Patient Safety program to help hospitals improve patient safety by supporting the adoption of evidence-based protocols that have been proven to save lives.  WSHA works to improve the health of the people of the state by becoming involved in all matters affecting the delivery, quality, accessibility, affordability and continuity of health care. 

As health care continues to be of vital importance for our communities, the mission of the state’s first hospital and those that followed continues to be stronger than ever…. 

We care for the people who need us.​

Washington State Medical Association

The Washington State Medical Association is a professional organization that represents physicians, physician assistants, residents, fellows and medical students throughout the state.

The WSMA delivers strong leadership and advocacy that is patient-focused and physician-driven, helping physicians deliver care patients can trust – regardless of practice setting or specialty. The association is a strong and effective advocate for physicians and patients, serving as a unifying, proactive force to improve the practice of medicine and patient care in Washington.

The Washington State Medical Association vision is to make Washington the best place to practice medicine and to receive care.

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest Staff Leads:

Carol Wagner, RN—Washington State Hospital Association

Jessica Martinson, MS—Washington State Medical Association

Bonnie Bizzell – Program Manager, Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest

Jessie Schwartz – Administrative Assistant, Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest Workgroup Members:

Chair: Joanne Roberts, MD—Providence Regional Medical Center Everett

Kate Brostoff, MD—Community Health Plan of Washington

David Bucher—Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care, Kitsap County Cross Continuum Care Transitions

Lisa Butler, RN—Washington State Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Randy Curtis, MD—University of Washington

Julianne Dickelman, MA—Providence Healthcare Spokane, Respecting Choices Instructor

Katie Evermann Druffel, MSW— Pullman Regional Hospital

Sharmon Figenshaw,  ARNP—Washington POLST Task Force

Velda Filzen, RN—The Everett Clinic

Scott Forslund, MBA—Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition; Premera Blue Cross

Matt Handley, MD—Group Health

Eileen Hanson, Pastor —Spiritual Care – Snohomish County

Meg Jacobson, MD—PeaceHealth Medical Group, Hospice & Palliative Care Bellingham

Bree Johnston, MD—PeaceHealth System

Michael Mosley, MD—MultiCare Health System

Mimi Pattison, MD—Franciscan Hospice & Palliative Care

Mary Ann Percy, MS—Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement

John Robinson, MD—First Choice Health

Terry Rogers, MD—Foundation for Health Care Quality

Bruce Smith, MD—Regence BlueShield

Donna Smith, MD—Virginia Mason Medical Center

Helene Starks, PhD—University of Washington

Gregg VandeKieft, MD—Providence Palliative Care

John Vassall, MD—Swedish Health Services

Hope Wechkin , MD—EvergreenHealth

Ginny Weir, MPH—Bree Collaborative, Foundation for Health Care Quality