WSMA Foundation for Health Care Improvement

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The Washington State Medical Association Foundation for Health Care Improvement is a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization formed by the WSMA to help improve the health and well-being of all Washingtonians.

Please click the links below to learn more about Foundation projects and how you might support its important work. Thank you for your interest.


Strategic plan

The Foundation Board identified “improve physician and patient communication” as its top priority. The Foundation has three specific initiatives to achieve this priority, as follows:

  • Encourage physician/patient conversations about the risks, benefits and necessity of tests, procedures and therapies through the Choosing Wisely campaign.
  • Improve end-of-life care delivered in the state of Washington by reliably discussing, recording and honoring patients’ choices through the Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest initiative.
  • Collaborate with other quality improvement stakeholders to align efforts and generate results.

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
Chief Financial Officer - 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

About the Foundation

The WSMA Foundation for Health Care Improvement was created to help physicians understand and adapt to ongoing changes in health delivery and payment by working 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 is one operating component of WSMA, and the WSMA Board of Trustees comprises the membership of the Foundation. The Foundation Board of Directors is elected by the Foundation members (WSMA Board of Trustees) at the WSMA annual meeting. Due to this close relationship, the mission and vision of the Foundation are identical to those of the WSMA.

The vision statement of the WSMA:
Make Washington the best place to practice medicine and to receive care.

The mission statement of WSMA:
Deliver strong leadership and advocacy that is patient focused and physician driven, helping physicians deliver care patients can trust.