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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

The WSMA Foundation for Health Care Improvement is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. At the Foundation, we are living out a vision to make Washington the best place to receive care and to practice medicine.

Improving Physician Wellness and Patient Care

At the WSMA Foundation, we believe in a future where physicians are healthy and fulfilled; where physicians, the health care team, and patients are partners; and where all Washingtonians experience quality care that aligns with their needs, goals, and values.

Fulfilling that quest depends upon transformational change at all levels—individual, organizational, and statewide. We believe that change is possible, and that physicians and patients can thrive in health care settings that support them.

The Foundation exists today because of the vision of forward-thinking doctors who cared about—and invested in—the future of the profession more than 50 years ago.

With your participation and support, the WSMA Foundation ensures that legacy will continue to benefit physicians today… and tomorrow.

About the Foundation

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Our vision

We believe in a future where physicians are healthy and fulfilled; where physicians, the health care team, and patients are partners; and where all Washingtonians experience equitable, quality care that aligns with their needs, goals, and values.

Our mission

To create transformational health care change at all levels—individual, organizational, and statewide.

Our values

As a health care improvement foundation, we value:

  • Well-being: We promote the well-being of physicians so that we can fulfill our high calling of caring for our patients.
  • Health equity: We commit to health equity and eliminating disparities to improve health care in Washington.
  • Patient partnership: We uphold and respect the patient/physician partnership, creating equitable health care settings where conversations are mutual and care decisions are shared.
  • Compassion: We serve our patients, communities, and each other with compassion in the pursuit of wellness and equity for all Washingtonians.
  • Collaboration: We work with a diversity of stakeholders to generate high-impact equitable results that improve care in Washington state.
  • Legacy: We build upon the vision of forward-thinking physician leaders to ensure an equitable, thriving medical profession, and a healthy population.

Our goals

  • Strengthen physician wellness and restore the joy of practice.
  • Advance health equity in all communities.
  • Honor people’s goals, values, and preferences.

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Your tax-deductible donations are an investment in yourself, your peers, and your profession. Thank you!

Healthy Doctors, Healthier Patients

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Ours is a caring profession—it only makes sense to care for ourselves in order to ensure we are well enough to care for others.

We know that the external pressures heaped upon physicians by government, insurance companies, and regulatory entities steal time from patient care. We know that you're often told you are burned out ("it's your responsibility to fix it"), rather than leaders and systems acknowledging that they are overwhelming medical staff and employees ("it's our responsibility to fix it together").

And tragically, we know that more Washington physicians and advanced practitioners experience burnout than the national average.

We know that because of the results of our statewide 2018 Stanford Wellness Survey. This survey examined the culture of wellness, efficiency of practice, and personal resilience related to professional fulfillment. These results guide the development of a plan to identify and implement organization-level interventions that reduce burnout and improve wellness.

To that end, the WSMA Foundation's goals for 2022-2023 are to collaboratively identify best-practices that improve physician and PA well-being at work and reduce burnout and invite health care organizations and systems to pledge to meet the criteria; and deliver professional development on emotional intelligence in healthcare leadership and strategies to recognize burnout and support teams and peers.

It's time to act. Our patients trust us to provide the best care that's right for them. Their lives—and ours—depend on it.

Health Equity

Recognizing the key role that physicians and PAs play in advancing health equity in all communities, the WSMA Foundation has added this as a new goal in its 2022-2023 strategic plan.

The new course, Health Equity Leadership Development, and new series, Health Equity M&M webinars, will address gaps in health equity through education and clinical transformation. In addition, a new QI program will share best practices/guidelines on assuring high quality and culturally sensitive care for specific conditions that disproportionately affect diverse communities.

Building relationships of trust with diverse communities can mitigate the harm of racism perpetuated throughout medicine and improve care. To that end, the WSMA Foundation will develop a plan for physicians and PAs to build authentic relationships of trust through mentorship, education, and community support programs.

To build a more diverse physician population in Washington state, the WSMA Foundation will fund a scholarship and fellowship program for students who are racially underrepresented in medicine.

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest

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Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest, jointly sponsored by WSMA Foundation and WSHA, is an initiative to inspire conversations about the care people want at the end of life. The vision is that everyone will receive care that honors personal values and goals at the end of life.

This comprehensive enterprise uses a variety of approaches, including an advance care planning program, community engagement, physician and advanced practitioner education, and advocacy. It works at multiple levels to help the public make informed choices about end-of-life care and to train health care and community organizations on how to discuss, record, and honor people’s end-of-life choices.

When individuals talk about advance care planning, write it down, and share it around, they are much more likely to have their preferences followed.

Generous contributions from hospitals, health systems, medical groups, insurance companies, foundations, and individuals ensure everyone in our service area who want to participate can. More information can be found at honoringchoicespnw.org, as well as Facebook (@HonoringChoicesPNW) and Twitter (@HCPNW).

Washington Serious Illness Care Coalition

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The WSMA Foundation also supports the Washington Serious Illness Care Coalition and the POLST Task Force, which is a broad-based group of individuals and organizations from across the state dedicated to helping patients, clinicians, and caregivers improve the way we discuss, prepare for, and treat serious illness.

Medical Officer Collaborative

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The Medical Officer Collaborative, jointly sponsored by WSMA and the Washington State Hospital Association, provides a forum for senior physician leaders from medical groups, hospitals, and health systems across the state to collaborate on quality, patient safety, and leadership.

Chief medical officers, vice presidents of medical affairs, and medical staff presidents are uniquely positioned to create meaningful change within their organizations. This forum provides a safe place to openly discuss the challenges physicians face and outline effective solutions to those challenges.

The Collaborative has identified health equity, wellness, and diagnostic excellence as its key priorities. They meet regularly throughout the year to share experiences and strategies to improve practices in these priority areas and others.

Board and Staff

Board of directors

President – Brian Seppi, MD
Vice-President – Carrie Horwitch, MD
Secretary-Treasurer – Bruce Smith, MD
Director – Kemi Doll, MD
Director – Sheila Kirkegaard
Director – Steve Schiebel, MD
Director – Mika Sinanan, MD
Director – Estell Williams, MD
Chief Executive Officer – Jennifer Hanscom

Staff

Director of Continuing Professional Development – Jessica Martinson
Director of Finance – Amy Fredericks

Contact information

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

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