How it All Began
The Washington Health Alliance was formed in 2004 as the Puget Sound Health Alliance. Motivated by the desire to stem the rising cost of health coverage for public employees, then-King County Executive Ron Sims was the driving force behind its formation, which came about through recommendations from King County’s Health Advisory Task Force. This task force brought together Dr. Ed Wagner from the MacColl Institute, Dr. Alvin Thompson from the University of Washington and benefits representatives from purchasers, providers and academic experts to reduce the misuse of care and improve quality, rather than cut benefits or shift costs to King County employees and their families. Sims was joined by Margaret Stanley, who became the Alliance’s first executive director.