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"The foundation makes it easier for me to get engaged and make improvements to my practice." - Jae Sim, MD, Edmonds Family Medicine

WSMA Foundation for Health Care Improvement

The WSMA Foundation for Health Care Improvement is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed to help improve the health and well-being of all Washingtonians. Learn more about foundation and its projects and how you can support this important work.

The Foundation works with medical groups and physicians’ practices to:

  • Support information-based care.
  • Promote best practices.
  • Promote reductions in unsupportable variations in care.
  • Improve patient safety.
  • Educate physicians on how to meet these goals.

The Foundation's board of directors is elected by the WSMA Board of Trustees at the WSMA Annual Meeting in the fall.

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Vision

Make Washington the best place to receive care and to practice medicine.

Mission

Support and inspire physicians to create a healthier Washington.

Values

  • The health and well-being of patients and communities.
  • Best-practices promoted through shared-decision making and effective communication skills.
  • Engaged and empowered physicians making a meaningful difference.

Strategic plan

The Foundation has three goals with underlying objectives.

  • Goal One: Engage patients in shared-decision making.
  • Goal Two: Reconnect physicians with the joy of practice and improve physician wellness.
    • Objective One: Align strategies with known causes of burnout.
    • Objective Two: Promote effective interventions to reduce burnout and improve wellness.
  • Goal Three: Collaborate with other quality improvement stakeholders to align efforts and generate results.

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Board of directors

President - Jeffrey B. Collins, MD
Vice President -  Jae Sim, MD
Secretary-Treasurer - Dale Reisner, MD
Director - Megan Nelson
Director - Robbie Sherman, MD
Director - Donna Smith, MD
Director - John Vassall, MD
Public Member - Bruce Smith, MD

Executive officers and staff

Chief Executive Officer - Jennifer Hanscom
Director of Finance - Amy Fredericks
Director of Clinical Education & Professional Development - Jessica Martinson

Contact information

WSMA Foundation for Health Care Improvement
2001 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2700
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 800.552.0612 or 206.956.3628
Fax: 206.441.5863
Email: jessica@wsma.org

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