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Nancy Giunto Announces Her Resignation as Alliance Executive Director

Dear Members and Allies,

There comes a time in every leader’s career when it is important to take stock, celebrate the successes, put the failures in perspective, declare satisfaction with the professional adventure and turn the page to the next life quest. That time for me is approaching. Effective July 8, 2022, I will resign as the Executive Director of the Washington Health Alliance.

In many ways, this position has been the pinnacle of my career. I have had the chance to work with exceptional people, who with great energy, passion and tenacity, link arms to forge positive change in a very complex and unyielding health care market. I have done my best to advance our efforts and I think we have made some positive progress.

Curt Bailey, President and CEO of Bloodworks Northwest and Chair of the Alliance Board of Directors, and John Wagner, Chief Network and Operations Officer, NW, Mountain and Arizona Markets for Aetna and Vice Chair of the Alliance Board will lead the search effort for my successor. Together, we are putting into action a transition plan that will allow ample time to support the integration of the Alliance’s next leader to ensure its successful future.

Serving as the Executive Director is a fabulous leadership role and provides the forum and the foundation to influence health care improvement on many levels. Although the search for the next ED will be national, I expect that given the deep talent in our membership ranks, there will be strong candidates from within our state as well. If you have interest in an informal conversation about this role, prior to actually applying, just give me a call at 206-454-2951 or send me an email.

As we forge ahead together, please know that you will continue to have my very best leadership effort each and every day. And keep in mind that the Alliance has never been about a single individual. It is the collective will and collaborative strength that have advanced this organization since its inception, and it will perpetuate long after I leave.

Many know that my family and I are avid scuba divers and that we consider the underwater ecosystem our sanctuary. Our first priority is to explore every great dive site in the world, and return to some we love, while our health and that of the reefs continue.

I wish you every future success personally and professionally, but until my final goodbye, we have lots of work to do on some exciting new initiatives, such as our groundbreaking Total Cost of Care report at the geographic and medical group levels and taking major steps to see that all patients in the state receive the best evidence-based care through our Low Back Implementation Collaborative that now includes 29 multi-stakeholder participants.

As always, your amazing support inspires me and makes our work possible.

All the best,

Nancy

Published: February 4, 2022

About Washington Health Alliance

The Washington Health Alliance is a place where stakeholders work collaboratively to transform Washington state’s health care system for the better. The Alliance brings together organizations that share a commitment to drive change in our health care system by offering a forum for critical conversation and aligned efforts by stakeholders: purchasers, providers, health plans, consumers and other health care partners. The Alliance believes strongly in transparency and offers trusted and credible reporting of progress on measures of health care quality and value. The Alliance is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit with more than 185 member organizations. A cornerstone of the Alliance's work is the Community Checkup, a report to the public comparing the performance of medical groups, hospitals and health plans and offering a community-level view on important measures of health care quality (www.wacommunitycheckup.org).

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