May 28, 2019

Derick Pasternak on Evaluating International Hospitals

Program speaker at the May 28th club meeting, Dr. Pasternak has more than 30 years of experience as provider and manager in health care and brings expertise in patient safety, quality measurement and management, and medical staff matters to his role as a Joint Commission Resources, Inc., (JCR) consultant. His background in international health includes serving with Joint Commission International (JCI) A division of JCR and other U.S.-based organizations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, as well as actively participating in the development of the World Health Organization’s standards for HIV/AIDS services.

Dr. Pasternak’s consulting expertise includes patient safety, medical staff organization and bylaws, credentialing and privileging, quality measurement and management, hospital/physician relations, patient rights and organizational ethics, and international hospital standards and survey process.

Dr. Pasternak received his Doctor of Medicine from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his Master’s in Business Administration from Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico, New Mexico.

Through international accreditation, consultation, publications, and education programs, JCI extends the Joint Commission's mission worldwide by helping to improve the quality of patient care; assisting international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries, and others in evaluating, improving, and demonstrating the quality of patient care; and enhancing patient safety in more than 60 countries.[9] International hospitals may seek accreditation to demonstrate quality, and JCI accreditation may be considered a seal of approval by medical travelers from the U.S

JCI standards are related to Ambulatory Care, the Care Continuum, Clinical Laboratories, Medical Transport, Primary Care, and Clinical Care Program Certification.

JCI forth edition covers acute care, and International Patient Safety Goals.

The JCI standards focus on patient safety, patient and family rights.

The ISO-9000 family of quality management systems (QMS) standards is designed to help organizations ensure that they meet the needs of customers while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product or service is used for Radiology.

Highly reliable organizations have certain things in common low error rate, preoccupation with limiting failures like airlines, nuclear plants and aircraft carriers.

Accreditation requires a risk reduction strategy.

A JCI consulting team usually has three members, an administratior, a nurse and a physician.

The effectiveness of the program is shown in decreased rates of infection and other improvements in patient care.

May 21, 2019

Kobi Yamada - Small Business Entrepreneur and Author

 At the May 21st club meeting, member Susan Haris interviewed Kobi Yamada about his three children’s books and his role as President of Compedium. Compedium is a gift company that started in 1985. They sell greeting cards, notebooks, stationary, and desk accessories with thoughtful and inspiring words on them. Their greeting cards have sold millions around the world.

Yamada spoke about the importance of giving back to the community using his business as a platform to do good work in the community.

He has written three books with another one on the way. All proceeds from his books sold at the Club will be donated back to Rotary!

Yamada is married to City Council Candidate Heidi Wills. Wills is vying for the District 6 seat on the City Council.

May 2019

Students of the Month

At the May 21st club meeting, BHS Principal Keven Wynkoop introduced the May Students of the Month, Emma Inge and Robert (William)LaChance.

Emma Inge– Senior, planning to attend college at Linfield in Oregon. She participates on the track team and qualified for the state tournament. She has a twin sister, and is a member of the LINK Crew supporting incoming freshman. She has kept a high GPA throughout high school.

Robert (William) LaChance – Senior, member of the track team that will be competing at the state tournament. He is taking a gap year following graduation, and is interested in agriculture and farming. He also participates in the choir program.


Rotarians at Work!

Making Sandwiches for Special Olympics

Once again, Club members (and their families) came out on May 5th to make lunches for the competitors at the Special Olympics. Thanks to all the Ballard Rotarians and their family members who helped!


Upcoming Programs
6/18/2019: Seattle Seachordsmen Barbershop Chorus Come hear the wonderful Seattle Seachordsmen Barbershop Chorus and their energizing music! One of our own club members, David Rice, is a member of this fine group.
6/25/2019: Board Meeting Moved Due to scheduling conflicts, the board meeting of 7/2 has been moved to 6/25, prior to the transition party, and will take place at the home of Chris and Kathleen Davis at 3:15 pm.
6/25/2019: Transition Party Celebrate the end of the 2018-2019 year and the beginning of the 2019-2020 year! Hosted at the home of Chris and Kathleen Davis. The party begins at 4:30 pm.
7/09/2019: Hal Beals Hal Beals is the Rotary Youth Exchange Chair for Rotary District 5030 and will speak about the current activities of the Youth Exchange program and how our club could easily get involved with Youth Exchange next year.
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Please join us at our lunch club meeting at noon every 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday of the month in Ballard at:
RIstorante Picolinos
6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Rotary Club of Ballard (Seattle)
PO Box 70472
Seattle, WA 98127
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