Hospital Staffing Advisory Committee

Legislative mandate

In 2023 the legislature passed E2SSB 5236 (PDF) to replace and expand on previous nurse staffing legislation. The new legislation requires the Department of Health to establish a hospital staffing advisory committee.

Committee Information

The committee must include:

  • Six members representing hospitals and hospital systems and their alternates, selected from a list of nominees submitted by the Washington State Hospital Association.
  • Six members representing frontline hospital patient care staff and their alternates, selected from a list of nominees submitted by collective bargaining representatives of frontline hospital nursing staff

Committee obligations include:

  • The advisory committee will meet monthly to advise the department on development of a uniform form or format for hospital staffing plans
  • Consider innovative hospital staffing and care delivery models
    Review the Washington State Institute for Public Policy report on hospital staffing
  • Discuss the applicability of certain reporting requirements under the hospital staffing law
  • Discuss applicability of requirements that certain hospitals are exempt from
  • Advise on development of a hospital uniform form for reporting of missed meal and rest period
Committee Members and Alternates

Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA):

  1. Keri Nasenbeny, MHA, BSN, RN
    a. Alternate- Bonnie Fryzlwwicz, DNP, RN
     
  2. Jennifer Burkhardt, JD
    a. Alternate- Jacqueline Mossakowski, MSN, RN, CEN
     
  3. Renee Rassilyer-Bomers, DNP, ARNP, RN
    a. Alternate- Dino Johnson, MHA, BSN, RN
     
  4. Jason Hotchkiss, CPA
    a. Alternate- Tim Bock, DNP, MBA, RN
     
  5. Darcy Jaffe, MN, APRN, FACHE
    a. Alternate- Michelle Curry, MN, BHA-IS, RN
     
  6. Chelene Whiteaker, MHA
    a. Alternate- Ashlen Strong, JD, MPH

Union (WSNA, SEIU 119NW, UFCW 3000):

  1. Duncan Camacho, RN
    a. Alternate- Daw Marick, RN
     
  2. David Keepnews, PHD, JD, RN, FAAN
    a. Alternate- Barbara Friesen, MS, RN
     
  3. Kendra Valdez, UFCW 3000
    a. Alternate- Anthony Cantu, UFCW 3000
     
  4. Tamara Ottenbreit, RN
    a. Alternate- Kimberely Vasenda, CAN
     
  5. Vanessa Patricelli, SEIU 119NW
    a. Alternat- Lindsey Grad, SEIU 119NW
     
  6. Cara Alderson, RN
    a. Alternate- Saba Tilahun, RN 

Committee Meeting Information/Zoom Registration

Meeting Information
Date and Time Location Online option - Zoom link Agenda
September 21, 2023, at 1-3:30 p.m. Labor and Industries
Tumwater Headquarters Room S117
7273 Linderson Way S.W.
Tumwater, WA 98501
 

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Agenda (PDF)

October 24, 2023, at 1-3:30 p.m. Virtual - Zoom

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November 21, 2023, at 9-11:30 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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December 20, 2023, 9-11:30 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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January 5, 2024, at 12:30 p.m. Virtual - Zoom

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January 16, 2024, at 9 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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February 7, 2024, at noon Virtual - Zoom

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February 20, 2024, at 9 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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March 7, 2024, at 8 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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March 19, 2024, at 9 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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April 16, 2024, at 9 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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May 21, 2024, at 9 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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June 18, 2024, at 9 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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July 16, 2024, at 9 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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August 20, 2024, at 9 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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September 17, 2024, 9 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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October 15, 2024, at 9 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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November 19, 2024, at 9 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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December 17, 2024, at 9 a.m. Virtual - Zoom

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Approved Meeting Minutes

2024
2023

Frequently Asked Questions

Exempt Hospitals

Exempt Hospitals E2SSB 5236 (PDF) (pg. 9)

  1. Hospitals certified as critical access hospitals, 
  2. Hospitals with fewer than 25 acute care licensed beds, 
  3. Hospitals located on an island operating within a public hospital district in Skagit county,
  4. Hospitals certified by the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services as sole community hospitals that are not owned or operated by a health system that owns or operates more than one acute hospital licensed under chapter 70.41 RCW.

Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) 

  • Arbor Health Morton
  • Astria Sunnyside
  • Cascade Medical Center
  • Columbia County Health System/ Dayton General Hospital
  • Columbia Basin Hospital
  • Coulee Medical Center
  • East Adams Rural Healthcare
  • Ferry County Memorial Hospital
  • Forks Hospital
  • Garfield County Memorial Hospital
  • Jefferson Healthcare
  • Kittitas Valley Healthcare
  • Klickitat Valley Healthcare
  • Lake Chelan Community Hospital
  • Lincoln Hospital
  • Lourdes Hospital
  • Mason General Hospital
  • Mid-Valley Hospital
  • Newport Hospital
  • North Valley Hospital
  • Ocean Beach Hospital
  • Odessa Memorial Healthcare Ctr

Fewer than 25 Acute Care Licensed Beds

  • Fred Hutch

Medicare and Medicaid Sole Community Hospitals

  • Grays Harbor Community Hospital (Harbor Regional Health)
  • Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No.2)
  • Samaritan Hospital
  • Confluence Health in Wenatchee*

On an Island in Skagit County

  • Island Hospital in Anacortes**

A. Island Hospital** in Anacortes is exempt as the Hospital is located on an island operating within a public hospital district in Skagit county.

  • Island Hospital is located on Fidalgo Island in Skagit County. 

B. Confluence Health Hospital** is exempt as they are certified by the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services as sole community hospitals that are not owned or operated by a health system that owns or operates more than one acute hospital licensed under chapter 70.41 RCW.

  • Confluence meets this requirement as they have merged their EIN numbers for hospitals Wenatchee Valley Hospital and Central Washington Hospital. Wenatchee Valley is no longer a separate Acute Care Hospital but is a branch site under Central Washington Hospital.
    • Central Washington Hospital is now known as Confluence Health Hospital.
    • Wenatchee Valley Hospital is now known as Confluence Health Hospital- Mares Campus.  

Some hospitals are exempt from some of the requirements of the hospital staffing laws. 

The following kinds of hospitals are exempt from the requirements in RCW 70.41.420(7)(b) to document and report to the Department of Health (DOH) when the number of patients assigned to nursing staff is higher than allowed by the hospital staffing plan:

  • Hospitals certified as critical access hospitals; 
  • Hospitals with fewer than 25 acute care licensed beds; 
  • Hospitals certified by CMS as sole community hospitals that are not owned or operated by a health system that owns or operates more than one acute hospital licensed under chapter 70.41 RCW; and 
  • Hospitals located on an island operating within a public hospital district in Skagit county.

Critical access hospitals may develop flexible approaches to accomplish the requirements pertaining to hospital staffing committees in RCW 70.41.420 that may include but are not limited to having hospital staffing committees work by video conference, telephone, or email.

Contact Information

If you have questions about hospital staffing send us an email.