Yakima County Medical Society

is proud to inform you that the

Physician Whistleblower Protection Bill

passed UNANIMOUSLY in Washington State Senate on Feb 7th, 2018

This is a positive sign that the bill will also pass in the House, and be signed into law. Physicians and physician assistants who make formal complaints about dangers to patient care will have anonymity protection and protection from retaliation by employers and hospitals. Physicians and PAs will have a greater voice in protection of patient safety. This bill would not have come into being without >6 years of advocacy by YCMS. You can read more details of the story on our Advocacy website page.

You can also read the full bill, and follow the progress of this bill on the Washington State Legislature website here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5998&Year=2017

You can bookmark the website and have easy, real time access. You can write your comments online and they will go directly to the legislative staff managing this bill. Passage in the house is not guaranteed. It would be very helpful if you would submit positive comments online, or directed to our House Representatives who have not yet voted on the “companion” bill, HB 2258.



Katina Rue, DO, Elected to the

Washington State Medical Association Executive Committee

Dr. Katina Rue, of Central Washington Family Medicine Clinic in Yakima, was elected to the WSMA Executive Committee as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, during the association’s annual meeting in Seattle, Oct. 15th.

Prior to her election, Rue had served on WSMA’s Board of Trustees for one year in addition to serving in the Young Physicians’ Section and the Fair Peer Review Committee. She is the first Doctor of Osteopathy physician to be nominated and elected into WSMA’s Executive Committee.  WSMA is an organization of almost 11,000 physicians, physician assistants, resident physicians and medical students throughout Washington state.

Katina has been very active in the promotion of YCMS initiatives for Fair Peer Review, Fair Process for Employed Physicians, Prohibition of Retaliation Against Physician Whistleblowers, Corporate Practice of Medicine protections, and other issues affecting professional integrity and working conditions. She has also worked hard on much needed social gatherings for physicians and their families.

Dr. Rue holds a BSc degree in Biology and Exercise Science from Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, and Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, MO.  She served her residency at the Medical Center of Independence and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Program. She also previously served as lead medical consultant to inpatient psychiatric services at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Rue practices and teaches at the CWFM residency program, including teaching osteopathic manipulation. She is Site Director of the rural Highland Clinic. Katina says that she is “moderately” fluent in Spanish, and lives with her husband, Aureliano Valencia, and 5 year old daughter Valeria.