The first hospital in the Pacific Northwest was founded in 1858 at Fort Vancouver in the Washington Territory. With the support of 16 women, whose husbands were employed by the Hudson Bay Company, Mother Joseph of the Sisters of Providence established the hospital in a small cabin. Care was provided regardless of ability to pay. Mother Joseph periodically visited the logging and mining camps nearby to raise funds. Today, there are 98 community hospitals in Washington State. The following descriptions comprise the numerous hospital facilities in the Puget Sound region of Western Washington.
Auburn Regional Medical Center, Auburn, is a progressive acute-care facility and medical center that has been serving South King and North Pierce counties since 1921. We are a thriving community hospital, proud to offer the “high-tech” advantages of a big-city hospital and the personalized care of a hometown provider. The facility is licensed for 149 beds and is owned by Universal Health Services, Inc., a highly respected healthcare management organization. Our medical staff, representing nearly 30 specialties and subspecialties, is supported by advanced technology and a team of caring, highly respected professionals - all working together to lead the way to a healthier life for Auburn-area residents. See the website at: www.armcuhs.com.
Cascade Valley Hospital, Arlington, is a community-based health care organization with a rich history of caring for the health of our neighbors for over 90 years. It includes a 48 bed hospital, 420 employees, at 11 locations, and 120 medical staff members who strive each day to achieve their mission of providing 130,000 people throughout northern Snohomish County with excellent, friendly health care that is close to home. In 2008, our clinics saw 72,000 patients, and 40,000 came to Cascade Valley Hospital for emergency, diagnostic, or other care. The Cascade Valley Hospital Emergency Department is ready to help you and your family 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is designated by Washington State as a Level IV trauma center. This distinction assures excellence in trauma care, an exemplary staff, and up-to-date medical equipment. See the website at: www.cascadevalley.org.
Capital Medical Center, Olympia, is a 119-bed hospital, with one general family practice clinic, serving all of Thurston and surrounding counties. Capital Medical Center is a forward thinking, innovative organization where trust and teamwork come together to respond to the needs of the greater community it serves. The hospital is served by 469 employees, 238 physicians with medical staff privileges, 142 volunteers and guild members who administer a standard of personalized care that sets this hospital apart from other healthcare organizations. See the website at: www.capitalmedical.com.
Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Seattle, is ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report and Child magazines and serves as the pediatric referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Founded in 1907, Children’s provides excellent patient care with compassion and respect, and conducts cutting-edge pediatric research. We also serve as a respected educational resource for parents and healthcare professionals alike. With 250 beds, the Medical Center treats newborns to age 21 providing surgical, cardiac, nephrology, solid organ transplant and psychiatric services.
We follow a child- and teen-friendly approach to health care and healing. From the friendly replicas of African Sahara animals and mesmerizing aquarium tanks to the kid-friendly medical equipment and the decidedly non-hospital smell, children and teens feel welcome. See the website at: www.seattlechildrens.org.
Enumclaw Regional Hospital, Enumclaw, is an acute care facility founded in 1949. Licensed for 38 beds, it is currently utilizing 25 beds in the Federal Designated Critical Access Hospital Program. With a medical staff of over 40 physicians trained in primary and specialty care, Enumclaw Regional Hospital is able to help with most medical conditions or emergencies. Hospital employees are skilled in nursing, pulmonary therapy, radiology, anesthesia, laboratory, obstetrics, surgery, emergency care, physical therapy, pharmacy, and community education. In the year 2001, Enumclaw Regional Hospital was named one of the top 100 performing healthcare facilities in the nation. ERH is one of three Washington state acute care hospitals to be selected. See the website at: www.enumclawhospital.org.
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, Kirkland, is the heart of Evergreen Healthcare, a community-owned health care system whose services also include primary and specialty care, home health, hospice and community-based outreach programs. Since opening our doors in 1972, our patient and family-centered philosophy, combined with our commitment to advancing medical technologies, has enabled us to provide you with exceptional care in every way. See the website at: www.evergreenhealthcare.org.
Fairfax Hospital, Kirkland, has been in operation as a full-service psychiatric hospital since 1938 in Kirkland, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. The facility provides treatment services for adults, adolescents, and children, and offers a full continuum of care that includes inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization, and an alternative school program. The clinical focus for all services is treatment-oriented activities provided by a multi-disciplinary staff. Clinical staff provide individual psychotherapy, group therapy, family therapy, activities therapy, and educational services. See the website at: www.fairfaxhospital.com.
Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, is a comprehensive health care organization that includes St. Joseph Medical Center of Tacoma; St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood; St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way; an expanding network of primary-care and specialty-care clinics in Pierce, South King and Kitsap counties; and Franciscan Hospice House in University Place. Franciscan has approximately 6,000 employees and a Medical Staff with approximately 1,400 members. Franciscan Health System is a non-profit, faith-based organization with a mission to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, emphasize human dignity and social justice, and create healthier communities. Visit our website at: www.fhshealth.org.
St. Joseph Hospital, our first, is a 320-bed regional medical center located on a hillside overlooking the port and downtown Tacoma. The physicians and staff of St. Joseph serve our neighbors in the greater Tacoma/Pierce County area, and portions of King and Kitsap counties.
St. Francis Hospital, conveniently located near the center of Federal Way, serves our neighbors in Federal Way, Auburn, Des Moines, Fife, Highline, Kent, Milton, Puyallup, and northeast Tacoma. With this 110-bed community hospital, backed by St. Joseph Medical Center’s specialized services, you can stay close to home and receive outstanding care.
St. Clare Hospital serves our neighbors in Lakewood, Spanaway, Steilacoom, DuPont, University Place, and South Pierce County. With this 106-bed community hospital, backed up by the resources of St. Joseph Medical Center’s specialized services, you can stay close to home and receive outstanding care.
St. Anthony Hospital, serving Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula and South Kitsap County, licensed for 80 beds, is distinguished by its range of inpatient and outpatient medical services; environmentally sensitive construction; a healing environment in which original works of art, soothing colors, and a serene landscape are prominently featured; and informational and medical technologies that are second to none.
Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, was founded in 1947 as a consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system that coordinates care and coverage. Based in Seattle, Group Health and its subsidiary health carriers, Group Health Options, Inc. and KPS Health Plans, serve approximately 568,344 members in Washington
and Idaho. It is one of the few health care organizations in the country governed by consumers rather than internal executives. The cooperative has 2 hospitals, 25 primary care facilities, 6 specialty care units, 8 behavioral health clinics, 15 vision centers, 5 hearing centers, 6 speech centers, 9736 staff members, 915 physicians working in 45 specialties and subspecialties. The cooperative also contracts with 39 hospitals and over 9,100 caregivers. See the website at: www.ghc.org.
Highline Medical Center, Burien, is one of only a handful of hospitals in the United States dedicated to changing the patient’s hospital experience from impersonal and intimidating to nurturing and personalized as evidenced by its being a pioneer subscriber to the Planetree system. The hospital has a staff of over 1500 including 275 physicians. It served 57,393 patients through the Emergency Departments in 2005, admitted 8,579 patients and delivered 1,318 babies. Services provided include Acute Care-24-hour Emergency and Trauma Care, Family Childbirth Center, Inpatient Medical/Surgical/Oncology, Critical Care, Cardiac Care and Cancer Care, Imaging Services and Outpatient Surgery Center as well as Specialty Care - Home Health & Hospice, Geriatric Psychiatry Services, Highline Addiction Recovery Center/Chemical Dependency and Rehab Restorative Care. See the website at: www.hchnet.org.
Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft Lewis, serves a beneficiary population exceeding 350,000 within a six-state region and continues to be one of the busiest hospitals in the Pacific Northwest. Occupying more than 120 acres of land, this four-building structure is located at Fort Lewis. There are more than 120,000 soldiers, family members and retirees in Madigan’s 40-mile catchment area. Executing Madigan’s phenomenal health care mission are more than 3,124 staff members, which include 360 doctors, 627 nurses and 166 residents, 50 interns and 18 fellows. Madigan also boasts a robust Red Cross program. There are approximately 300 volunteers who donate more than 10,000 hours of service monthly.
Multicare Tacoma, is a leading-edge, integrated health organization made up of four hospitals, numerous primary care and urgent care clinics, multi-specialty centers, Hospice and Home Health services, and many other services. Tacoma General Hospital, Tacoma; Mary Bridge Children’s’ Hospital & Health Center, Tacoma; Allenmore Hospital & Medical Center, Tacoma and; Good Samaritan Community Hospital Healthcare, Puyallup, are the primary facilities. MultiCare is the area’s largest provider of health care services, serving patients at 93 locations in Pierce, South King, Kitsap and Thurston counties. The medical staff includes 1,600 of the region’s most respected primary care physicians and specialists. The expanding healthcare delivery system is based in Tacoma and includes the acute care hospitals as well as a surgery center, inpatient cancer care, outpatient cancer center, comprehensive mental health program, family medicine clinics, outpatient specialty care clinics, outreach program to support varying social service needs of our community and many other services. See the website at: www.multicare.org.
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Seattle, provides complete medical and surgical services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Services across multiple specialties include: 24-hour emergency services, critical care, cardiac care, stroke program, cancer care, childbirth center, rehabilitation center, diagnostic imaging, geropsychiatric center, gamma knife center, laboratory services, and education and wellness services. See the website at: www.nwhospital.org.
Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue, is a 337-bed, not-for-profit regional medical center offering a full range of advanced medical services to the Puget Sound Region. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors, Overlake employs more than 2,100 people and has more than 700 active and courtesy physicians on staff. Overlake is the only Level III Trauma Center in eastern Puget Sound. The hospital is distinguished for its cardiac services and its award winning surgical services. Overlake has been ranked as a top 100 heart program in the country and is rated as a top performer in the state of Washington. Overlake is also rated as one of the most wired innovator hospitals and health systems in the nation. The hospital has received many awards and recognitions both regionally and nationally. See the website at: www.overlakehospital.org.
Providence Medical Center, Everett, provides a full range of modern healthcare services to residents of Snohomish County and Northwest Washington, including advanced cancer treatment and heart surgery. Residents receive state of the art care close to home, from teams of professionals who provide patients and their families with comprehensive, quality care. It is the region’s premier hospital and the second busiest in the state, treating more than 20,000 inpatients and over 96,000 emergency visits annually. The Heart Institute is one of the largest in Washington, performing more than 5,000 procedures each year - from routine coronary angioplasty to complex open heart surgeries. The Cancer Institute is accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. It provides surgical, chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatments, and promotes many early detection and support programs. From acute, inpatient hospital care to outpatient surgery and wellness promotion, Providence Everett Medical Center offers a full spectrum of services at four campuses. See the website at: www.providence.org/everett.
Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, is a 390-bed, not-for-profit regional teaching hospital founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1887. Located in Olympia, the state capital, Providence St. Peter Hospital offers comprehensive medical, surgical and behavioral health services. It has been named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation for cardiology, orthopedics and stroke care. The outpatient surgery center has received national benchmark awards for its work in cataract surgery, knee arthroscopy and many other procedures. Our new emergency center features 39 private patient treatment rooms, with specialized rooms for trauma, cardiac/stroke, women’s health and pediatric emergencies. See the website at: www.providence.org.
Skagit Valley Hospital, Mount Vernon, strives to be the best regional community hospital in the Northwest, working with our communities to promote health and wellness. We provide a full continuum of care to our community, ranging from outpatient diagnostics and rehabilitation services to surgery and acute care. Our services also include a Family Birth Center, heart and vascular care, orthopedic services, surgery and cancer treatment at our Regional Cancer Care Center. Our Emergency Department is staffed 24 hours a day and features a Level III trauma unit. The hospital has a total of 137 beds and all rooms are private. Skagit Valley Hospital also has a clinic on Camano Island to better serve area residents. Health classes and wellness screenings are continually offered throughout the community. See the website at: www.skagitvalleyhospital.org.
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital and its network of primary care and specialty clinics meet the needs of thousands of residents of east King County. Operated by King County Public Hospital District #4, the hospital serves Fall City, North Bend, Carnation, Preston, Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Pass and parts of unincorporated east King County. At Snoqualmie Valley Hospital you can expect friendly, patient centered focused care. Our doctors are highly trained and bring many years of experience to the hospital. Whether an emergency happens at home, on the job, highway or ski slopes a 24-hour emergency department in the community reduces the risks associated with lengthy travel times of an injured loved-one. Patients receive top quality care from around-the-clock team of emergency physicians and a highly trained staff of nurses and technicians. Whether it means a bandage, cast or a trip by helicopter to a trauma center, the best path for emergency care starts here. See the website at: www.snoqualmiehospital.org.
Stevens Hospital, Edmonds, is proud of the quality of care we provide our community. At Stevens Hospital, patient safety and quality care delivery are our top priorities. Our physicians and hospital staff continually strive to make your stay with us safe, effective and centered on you. With over 250 physicians on Stevens Active Medical Staff and 1,200 caring staff to work with you, we’re here for you. Located in Edmonds, Washington we provide excellent care, close to home for you and your family. See the website at: www.stevenshealthcare.org.
Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, since 1910, has been the region’s hallmark for excellence in health care. In an independent research study conducted by the National Research Corp., Swedish is consistently named the area’s best hospital, with the best doctors, nurses and overall care in a variety of specialty areas. Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive, nonprofit health provider in the Pacific Northwest, with three hospital locations in Seattle, an emergency room and specialty center in Issaquah and 12 primary-care clinics. Important focus areas of practice include: the Cancer Institute, Emergency Care, Heart & Vascular Institute, Neuroscience Institute, Orthopedic Institute, Pediatric Specialties, Primary Care, Surgical Services and Women’s Health & Childbirth. See the website at: www.swedish.org.
UW Medicine Healthcare System, Seattle, is the premier medical organization in Washington. It works to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty medical care to people of the region, and preparing tomorrow’s physicians, scientists and other health professionals. UW Medicine (UWM) owns or operates: Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, UW School of Medicine, UWM Neighborhood Clinics and UW Physicians. UWM shares in the governance of Children’s University Medical Group and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. UWM Medical School ranks first among public medical schools and second among all medical schools in federal research funding.
The faculty includes: 5 Nobel Prize winners, 32 Institute of Medicine members, 30 National Academy of Science members and 18 Howard Hughes Medicine Institute Investigators. It has been ranked as top medical school for 13 consecutive years in training primary-care physicians, and has top-ranked academic programs in family medicine and rural health. UW Medicine enrolls: 810 medical students, 611 graduate students in the basic sciences, 1,033 residents, 1,225 clinical and research fellows, 165 physician assistant students and 158 allied-health students. The medical school has a full-time faculty of 1,777 and volunteer clinical faculty numbering about 4,900. The UW Medical Center ranks 10th among America’s best hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s honor roll and is a Magnet Hospital for nursing. It is renowned for its programs in solid organ
transplantation, cancer treatment, heart care, high-risk pregnancy and neonatal intensive care, rehabilitation, and specialized orthopedic surgery. Harborview Medical Center has the only Level I adult and pediatric trauma center in the state, serves as disaster control center for King County, and is the area’s designated White House receiving hospital. UW Medicine handles about 20 percent of hospital-based care in King County. Our physicians admit 37,000 patients a year to UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. Our clinics and emergency rooms have nearly 1 million patient visits per year. Our physicians and medical centers provide 60 percent of the hospital charity care in King County and one-third of the total statewide. See the website at: www.uwmedicine.org.
Valley General Hospital, Monroe, is Public Hospital District #1, serving East Snohomish County and provides excellent emergency services, growing surgical and specialty services and a family-friendly birth center. The patient and familycentered philosophy, combined with our commitment to advancing medical technologies, has enabled us to provide you with exceptional care for whatever life brings. The 24-hour Emergency Department treats approximately 13,000 adults and children per year. Emergency services are provided by board certified physicians specializing in emergency medicine, and nurses trained in emergency and trauma care. The department is designated as a Level 4 trauma facility. The Valley General Hospital Emergency Department was the winner of the 1995 Washington State Emergency Nurses Association Outstanding Emergency Service Award. The Hospital has 72 beds. See the website at: www.valleygeneral.com.
Valley Medical Center, Renton, the state’s first public district hospital, is the largest nonprofit healthcare provider between Seattle and Tacoma, serving over 400,000 residents as a regional center operating a network of 12 community clinics throughout King County. Valley Medical Center’s central hospital in Renton offers medical, surgical, and 24-hour emergency care as a Level III trauma center. In addition, Valley Medical Center is a regional resource with recognized Centers of Excellence in Birth, Sleep, Joint, and Stroke care and provides specialized treatment in cardiology, oncology, high risk obstetrics, orthopedics, neonatal, cancer and neurology. See the website at: www.valleymed.org.
VA Puget Sound Health Care Systems, Seattle/Ft Lewis, is recognized as one of the finest medical centers in the world and our high standards are reflected in the exceptional quality of our staff. VA Puget Sound sees approximately 250,000 veterans with more than half of million outpatient visits and 11,000 inpatient visits. We provide patient in both general and specialized areas to include cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology and diabetes, geriatrics, mental health, neurology, oncology, pulmonary, rheumatology and women’s health. VA Puget Sound provides care at its American Lake facility in Tacoma and Beacon Hill facility in Seattle, as well as three community based outpatient clinics (CBOC): a VA-staffed CBOC in Bremerton, and two contract CBOCs in Shoreline and Federal Way. VA Puget Sound has 291 acute care beds, 131 nursing home beds, and 60 domiciliary beds. In fiscal year 2003, 57,582 Veterans were treated, through 75,084 days of inpatient care and 582,276 outpatient visits. See the Website at: www.puget-sound.med.va.gov.
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, vision is to provide a single place where patients could receive comprehensive medical care, a “one-stop shopping” place for virtually any medical problem or need. It is a private, non-profit organization offering a system of integrated health services. Facilities consist of: the main hospital in Seattle and neighborhood clinics in Bellevue, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kirkland, Lynnwood, Sand Point, Winslow and operates a Sports Medicine Clinic, as well. It is a large, multi-specialty group practice of more than 480 physicians, offering both primary and specialized care and has 336 acute care beds. An internationally recognized research institute, an active philanthropic foundation and the Bailey-Boushay House for people living with AIDS add to the dynamic. See the website at: www.virginiamason.org.