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It’s hard to believe that 2019 is here already. The first thing we have to say is Happy New Year WSHMMA team!  For the WSHMMA board, this is the busiest time of the year as our conference plans are being finalized, our chapter affiliation renewal is processed, and we review our direction for the upcoming year.  All of this work is focused on bringing the best value and opportunities to the WSHMMA members.  Given all of this work I had no challenges in identifying our focus topic for the January newsletter and wanted to start this with some simple trivia from 1964.

In 1964 the top song was “I want to hold your hand” by the Beatles, James Bond was exciting fans of the cinema in “Goldfinger”, kids were playing with a new toy called Rock’em Sock’em Robots, and a professional organization called the Western States Healthcare Materials Management Association was established. 

In this newsletter we will focus on our upcoming WSHMMA annual conference.  The WSHMMA board organizes a great event but it is the participation of the membership that provides us the professional knowledge and drive.  I hope to see all of you in Tukwila this year.

Sean Farley, WSHMMA President



ANNUAL WSHMMA CONFERENCE: 24-26 April 2019 at the Embassy Suites, Tukwila

The date is set and we are going to be holding our event in Tukwila again based on the great support we receive form the Hotel and the close proximity to SEATAC. The Board took extra care to de-conflict the conference dates with the other conferences, the holidays, and big events. We anticipate to be approved for 9 to 11 Continuing Education Units and you will be hard pressed to find that level of CPE value at any other event.




The Embassy Suites will host the 55th Annual WSHMMA Conference for 2019.  The link to hotel reservations is:
http://group.embassysuites.com/55thAnnualWSHMMAConference  or you can call 1-800-362-2779.  Make sure to use the Group code WSH. The room rates for this year’s events are:


Single Rate

Double Rate

Triple Rate

Quad Rate

1 King Bed Nonsmoking



$ 169.00

$ 179.00

1 King Bed Corner Suite



$ 169.00

$ 179.00

2 Double Beds Nonsmoking



$ 169.00

$ 179.00




We will post the Agenda at the WSHMMA site in early February and send it to all the members in a separate email.  Here are some highlights:

  • Wednesday 24, April: The team will host a CMRP review and we will have a presentation highlighting some of the great work that the University of Washington team has done. Stay after the presentation for an icebreaker event and get reconnected with other members.
  • Thursday 25, April: We expect to have another crowded day on the 25th with Marcey Uday-Riley, MSW, CPT serving as the Keynote speaker. The legal team of Jennifer Viegas and Allison DeYoung are returning by popular demand. Casey Perry from Confluence Health will lead a small group contracting workshop. Christopher O’Connor author of “The Healthcare Supply Chain: Best Practices for Operating at the Intersection of Cost, Quality and Outcomes” will talk to the attendees about CQO and AHRMM. Then we will wrap up with a presentation from St Luke’s before sharing time at our supplier show and dinner.
  • Friday 26, April: We will maximize our half day Friday with a panel discussion on Value Analysis and Value Analysis Technology before engaging in a membership round table discussion
As you can see, the WSHMMA team has put together a packed, diverse and fun conference plan.




The WSHMMA team still operates using a volunteer Board supported by a council of Past Presidents.  Each year we have openings in Board Positions and look for Members that are interested in taking a role on the Board.  We will announce the Secretary and Vice President positions at this year’s conference meeting but we still have two more positions that we are looking for interested Members to fill.

  • President-Elect:  The President-Elect is a six year position.  The President-Elect is responsible for the Chapter Affiliation documentation and serves as a primary advisor to the WSHMMA President for years 1-2.  In year 3 the President-Elect will assume the role of WSHMMA President overseeing the WSHMMA Board and the Annual Conference Event.  In year 5 this position transitions to the Past President position and will be responsible for Chapter Sponsorship and Supplier Relations. 
  • Treasurer:  This is a three year position that is responsible for the oversight and execution of the WSHMMA finances.  This includes forecasting of fiscal requirements, executing financial transactions, and maintaining fiscal records. 
If you are interested in these positions please email any of the WSHMMA Board Members.




The WSHMMA team is successful because we have continued to receive support from supplier partners across the healthcare spectrum.  We would not be able to provide the level of education and engagement without these great organizations.  If you are interested, or know an organization who is interested in sponsoring the WSHMMA Annual Conference, sponsoring prizes, sponsoring member attendance or any sponsorship opportunity then please have them contact Michael Moore (moore.michael.l@aol.com) or Sean Farley (sean.farley@virginiamason.org).


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