Listen to Josh Martin’s Interview on Rural Health Leadership Radio

June 9, 2020

Summit Pacific Medical Center’s CEO and Collaborative Board’s Vice Chair Vice Chair, Josh Martin, is interviewed on Rural Health Leadership Radio.

“We set a very bold vision that through Summit Care, we will build one of the healthiest communities in the nation.”

~Josh Martin

Josh Martin joined Summit Pacific Medical Center in 2016 with more than 18 years of healthcare experience in both large health systems and rural community hospitals. Josh has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, both from Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho.

He has a certification in Lean Process Improvement from the University of Washington and a Social Marketing certification from Boise State University. Josh currently serves on the Washington State Hospital Association Public Policy Committee as well as the Rural Health Committee. He is an active board member on the Washington Rural Health Collaborative, Greater Grays Harbor Regional Chamber of Commerce, and acts as Vice-Chair for CHOICE Regional Health Network.

Josh understands the healthcare delivery system and enjoys the challenge of rural hospitals. He strives to create an organizational culture that embodies excellence, compassion, and quality while advocating at a state and national level to transform our healthcare delivery system. In his free time, Josh enjoys mountain biking, playing soccer, volunteering in the community, and spending time with his wife and 3 young children.

Updated COVID-19 Information from the Washington State Hospital Association

While coronavirus (COVID-19) is new, preparing for responses to disasters is not. Hospitals and health systems conduct emergency preparedness training year-round, in each region and facility.

Hospitals treat patients with infectious diseases every day. There are protocols in place to care for these patients while ensuring the safety of hospital staff, visitors and the larger community. Hospitals also share information and best practices and deploy specific strategies that work best for their communities.

When there is threat of an illness that could cause a surge of patients, each individual hospital steps up its preparedness and coordination activities. In the case of COVID-19, hospitals around the state are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control, the Washington State Department of Health and local public health to coordinate response efforts.

COVID-19 cases in Washington are growing quickly. If you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, we strongly recommend self-quarantining until you can get tested or your symptoms have been gone for seven days. During that time, you should wash your hands with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, cover your mouth/nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and then through that tissue away. You can also rest, drink lots of fluids and take pain and fever medications.

The Washington State Hospital Association has collected a variety of information and resources to assist hospitals, the public and the media in responding to COVID-19, which you can view by clicking the links below.

COVD-19 national emergency declaration provides flexibility rural health system needs as patient care demands increase

This post contains important information from our partners at the Washington State Hospital Association. For more information, please contact Beth Zborowski at

President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on Friday March 13th related to the COVID-19 outbreak is welcome news to Washington’s hospitals.

The health care delivery system in Washington state has been strained by the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Hospitals have activated their emergency response plans and are evaluating their situation every day, including available space, staff and supplies. The state has authorized flexibility to allow health care workers licensed in other states to provide care to patients in Washington. This week has brought the first positive cases of COVID-19 to some rural communities, widening the range of the impacts and the response zone.

The emergency declaration will allow the State of Washington to seek waivers from certain federal laws governing health care delivery. The Washington State Hospital Association is working with hospitals and the Department of Health to seek waiver of federal laws that most limit hospitals’ ability to respond. Some areas under consideration include:

  • Waiving limits on rural Critical Access Hospitals. Under federal law, critical access hospitals can only have 25 beds and can only keep patients for an average of 96 hours. Waiving this law will allow COVID-19 patients to be cared for in their communities and provide flexibility in movement of patients across the state if one area becomes particularly hard-hit.
  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act Waiver. Under current law, patients who arrive at the ER must be treated at the ER. This waiver would allow hospitals to screen or triage patients at a location offsite from the hospital’s campus and transfer patients according to their needs.
  • Flexibility in the use of space. This would allow hospital care to be provided in a non-hospital building, freeing hospital beds for the most acute patients while providing beds for those still in need of care.
  • Expedited discharge of patients no longer in need of acute care. Getting patients into appropriate community care settings — like long-term care centers, adult family homes, or with home health — would create significant additional capacity to care for very ill patients. 

The federal emergency declaration will provide much-needed relief to the health care system, however concerns over supplies and staff remain. As the ability to process tests for COVID-19 have increased, the supplies needed to collect specimen for these tests has dwindled.

If you are concerned about your symptoms, contact your primary care provider or call your insurer or local hospital’s nurse triage line to evaluate your symptoms. It is critically important that people use the health care system appropriately. The emergency room should only be used when you are having a life-threatening emergency. Continue to see your health care team for care for chronic conditions to ensure you do not become an emergency.

PayPal – Critical Access Hospital Compliance Training

Please register by June 29 to secure your spot.

When: Thursday, July 30, 2015 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost:$50.00 per participant   Payment and registration can be completed online via PayPal or VISA.

Name of Attendee:

If you would like to make payment via check, please mail check and Registration Form to:
Washington Rural Health Collaborative
600 E Main St.
Elma, WA 98541

Location: Radisson Hotel
18118 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188

Lodging: Discounted room rates of $190.00 plus tax at the Radisson Hotel are available
Please call 206-244-6666 by June 28, 2015 to secure this rate.

Please contact Kathryn Hall-Thompson, Washington Rural Health Collaborative at (360) 346-2350 or by email at


PayPal – HCPro Medicare Bootcamp

Registration Fee

$970.00 x 2 = $1940 ($970.00 per participant for all four days. One fee covers both trainings – however, you may split the trainings between two people)
Payment and registration can be completed online via payPal or VISA.

Name of Attendee(s):

If you would like to make payment via check, please mail check and registration form to:
Washington Rural Health Collaborative
600 E Main St.
Elma, WA 98541

Questions?Please contact Kathryn Hall-Thompson, Washington Rural Health Collaborative at (360) 346-2350 or by email at