FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2015
Contact: UW Medicine: Tina Mankowski, director, Strategic Communications, 206-685-3841
Skagit Regional Health: Gregg Davidson, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, 360-814-2293
Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics: Clark Jones, Chief Executive Officer, 360-618-7808
Three health care organizations form clinical affiliation
UW Medicine will enter into a long-term affiliation with Skagit and Cascade. In addition, Skagit Regional Health will enter into a long-term lease of Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics, with Skagit Regional Health running the operations, finances, day-to-day management and governance of the hospital in Arlington and related clinics.
The Board of Commissioners of Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics voted to accept the UW Medicine proposal on Wednesday, March 18 and the Board of Commissioners of Skagit Regional Health approved the plan on Friday, March 20. The next step will be preparation of a Letter of Intent which will trigger negotiations on the details for a final agreement, a process estimated to take six to 12 months.
“UW Medicine, Skagit Regional Health and Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics share a common value to improve the health of the community,” said Paul Ramsey, MD, chief executive officer of UW Medicine. “The combined efforts of UW Medicine and Skagit will benefit the entire region. We are excited to continue and enhance our relationships and work with Skagit and Cascade to share best practices, recruit providers and improve access for patients to primary and specialty care.”
“This is a very positive step and a major milestone for health care in our region, bringing together three well-respected public organizations with a history of collaboration,” said Gregg Davidson, chief executive officer for Skagit Regional Health. “We see this as an opportunity to move forward, advance medicine and achieve our strategic goals for the benefit of the people we serve, our physicians and our employees.”
“I am very excited to retain and expand the medical services available to our community, and to further improve the quality and sophistication of those services. This enhanced relationship between our three organizations will provide great benefit to our patients, and opportunities for our physicians and employees,” said Clark Jones, chief executive officer at Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics. “This affiliation marks the transition of Cascade Valley from a small independent medical community to part of a large, well-respected medical network and provides greatly expanded resources and opportunities.”
Cornerstones to this long-term relationship and regional strategy to enhance access to high-quality medical care for residents of the region include:
For Skagit Regional Health and Cascade Valley Hospital, UW Medicine will take lead on clinical integration and planning, the Accountable Care Network, best practices, population health, clinical protocols, cost and quality benchmarks. UW Medicine will also provide clinical support for physician recruitment, telemedicine and ambulatory strategies.
Skagit Regional Health becomes the lease-operator for Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics in Arlington. Skagit Regional Health will manage the facility, the finances and the employees, and will oversee capital investments through a strategic alliance with the hospital.
UW Medicine will enhance its presence and branding at Cascade Skagit Health Alliance, a partnership of Skagit Regional Health and Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics in Smokey Point. UW Medicine currently operates a Maternal and Fetal Clinic at CSHA. UW Medicine’s presence will increase to include operations of the primary care clinic on the second floor as a UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinic. Skagit will continue to bring in specialists to CSHA, operate Urgent Care, and run the Regional Cancer Care Center and ancillary services.
A Joint Strategic Integration Committee will develop an integration strategy and milestones around CSHA, clinical initiatives, telemedicine and best practices, and develop a coordinated branding strategy to leverage each organization’s brand and strengths.
About UW Medicine: UW Medicine’s mission is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing patient care, and training the next generation of health professionals. The system includes Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest.
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About Skagit Regional Health includes the 137-bed Skagit Valley Hospital and 10 Skagit Regional Clinics locations in Skagit, Island and north Snohomish counties. Skagit County Public Hospital District No. 1 has provided health care services to the people of the region since 1958. (www.skagitvalleyhospital.org)
About Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics: Operated by Snohomish County Public Hospital District No. 3, Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics includes the 48-bed acute care facility, which has served Arlington and the surrounding communities for more than 100 years, five associated clinics and a free-standing surgery center. Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics is also a partner with Skagit Regional Health in the Cascade Skagit Health Alliance, a free-standing primary and urgent care clinic in Smokey Point. (www.cascadevalley.org)