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  • Award honors CEO's vision, leadership, dedication

    The Washington State Hospital Association presented this year’s Joe Hopkins Memorial Award to MultiCare Health System President and CEO Diane Cecchettini, RN.

    This award is given to an individual who has displayed vision, leadership and dedication to health care in Washington state. In addition to leading her own organization, Cecchettini has been a leader within WSHA and was instrumental in advancing patient safety in Washington as the founding chair of WSHA’s Patient Safety Committee.

    The award was presented at WSHA’s 79th annual meeting Oct. 12-13 in Seattle.

    The Joe Hopkins Memorial Award was created in 1987 to acknowledge an individual who displays the spirit of Hopkins' vision and dedication to Washington's hospitals. Hopkins was a longtime leader in health care in Washington, and was chairman of the Washington State Hospital Association from 1985 to 1986.

    Cecchettini became President and Chief Executive Officer of MultiCare Health System in 1999.  Under her leadership, the system has grown to include four hospitals with nearly 9,100 employees. She oversaw implementation of the system’s nationally recognized electronic medical records system, linking all four hospitals and 90 clinics in a single system. For this work, Cecchettini won the 2008 CEO Achievement Award from Modern Healthcare Magazine and the Healthcare Information System Society.

    Beyond her own organization, Cecchettini is a champion for improvement and patient safety across the state. Twice, she served as chair of the Washington State Hospital Association Board. In 2005, she was instrumental in starting the association’s Patient Safety Program and has been a driver of continued dedication to the program.

    “Diane is a visionary leader,” said Scott Bond, President and CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association.  “Her tireless dedication and support to patient safety and quality has led to a safer health care system in Washington State. Because of her leadership, lives have been saved.”

    This year, the program she was instrumental in starting earned two prestigious national awards, one from The Joint Commission, National Quality Forum, and another from the American Hospital Association.

    Posted on Oct 25, 2011 in Trophy Case