SEATTLE, WA (April 23, 2014) – Northwest Hospital & Medical Center Director of Patient Financial Services and Patient Access Janet Walthew was honored at a press conference held by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange in Seattle on April 23. Twenty-three individuals from around Washington State were recognized for their outstanding contributions to Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance enrollment by Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Patty Murray, Washington Health Benefit Exchange CEO Richard Onizuka, and Health Care Authority Director Dorothy Teeter. Walthew was one of only two hospital staff members to be honored.
“These individuals have been nominated by their respective organizations for going above and beyond the call of duty to enroll people in health insurance,” said Inslee during the event. “We want to thank you. You have worked in every corner of the state and I hope you are going to be proud of this for decades to come.”
Walthew was singled out as a committed enrollment advocate for many years who devotes her personal time to helping members of the community access healthcare benefits. Event organizers noted that she “always keeps application forms in her purse, just in case.”
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange Appreciation Event was held to mark the end of the first open enrollment period for health insurance coverage. The Exchange announced that more than one million Washington residents obtained health coverage through the Washington Healthplanfinder website, wahealthplanfinder.org, between Oct. 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, including more than 600,000 who became insured for the very first time.
“Today we are celebrating healthcare reform that is working in the state of Washington. There are 600,000 reasons to celebrate — 600,000 Washingtonians waking up this morning with the security of healthcare,” said Inslee.
In addition to her role at Northwest Hospital, Walthew is the newly-elected vice-president and program chair for the Washington/Alaska Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). She is past president and chair of the board of the Evergreen Chapter of the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM). She has also served as a board member of Seattle Senior Services, the Salvation Army and Cancer Lifeline.
About Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
Founded in 1960, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit hospital located just north of downtown Seattle. With 281 licensed beds, more than 1,900 employees and all private rooms, it offers some of the most innovative, technologically advanced medical care available. Major clinical programs and services include: inpatient, outpatient and emergency services; primary care; cancer care; cardiac care; neurosciences and a Level 1 stroke center; orthopedics and sports medicine; childbirth services; multiple sclerosis center; hernia center; geropsychiatric center; and education and wellness programs, among others. In 2010, Northwest Hospital joined the UW Medicine health system. For more information about Northwest Hospital and its programs and services call 206-364-0500 or visit brokenlink.com. To find a physician, call the hospital’s free physician referral line at 206.668.4636.