Statement from Washington Health Alliance Board on Retirement of Mary McWilliams
The Alliance’s executive director, Mary McWilliams, has decided to retire from her position later this year. Mary has had a long and distinguished career in health care and decided this is the right time to retire, knowing the Alliance is in a strong position. She believes that the start of new initiatives for statewide expansion and development of an All-Payer Claims Database represent a good time to hand the reins over to a new person. The Board is grateful to Mary for her many contributions to the Alliance, both as executive director for the past six years, and as a board member before that.
The Board has engaged a search firm to identify a successor and anticipates finalizing selection of a new executive director for the Alliance sometime this summer. Mary has indicated that she is prepared to stay on in the role of executive director until the transition is complete.
The Alliance is in a robust position and has key strategies that will continue without interruption under the direction of the Board of Directors and staff. The Board believes that the executive director position is unique and exciting and expects to find an outstanding leader to bring the Alliance to the next level in its development. The Alliance has a strong and bright future ahead of it, and the Board looks forward to its continuing progress in transforming the health care system in Washington.