Christopher Key named to WAHA board

The Bellingham Business Journal

Christopher Key, executive director of Whatcom County Medical Society (WCMS), was elected to the leadership board of the Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access (WAHA).

“There has always been someone from WCMS on our board,” Larry Thompson, WAHA executive director, said in a press release. “In the past, it has been the WCMS board president. Because the person holding that office changes every year, we felt that having the executive director on the board would give us more continuity.”

WAHA and WCMS have a long history of cooperating on health care initiatives, the most notable of which is Whatcom Project Access, a system through which patients without health insurance are able to receive specialty care. WCMS provides the medical director for Project Access. Member physicians have contributed more than $2.25 million in free care since the program started in 2006.

The two organizations also co-sponsor events such as National Healthcare Decisions Day, designed to help people fill out advance health care directives.

“WAHA is an absolutely essential part of health care in Whatcom County and it’s a great honor to be involved in that work,” Key said in a press release.

Key is the former Marketing Director for St. Francis of Bellingham and took over as CEO of the Medical Society in January of this year.

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