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