April 5, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Clark Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Cascade Valley Hospital, 360-435-0512
                 Vince Oliver, Chief Executive Officer, Island Hospital, 360-299-1327
                 Gregg Davidson, Chief Executive Officer, Skagit Valley Hospital, 360-814-2293

Community forums to address hospital district commissioners on affiliation plans 

ARLINGTON, ANACORTES AND MOUNT VERNON – The Boards of Commissioners of three public hospitals in Skagit and Snohomish counties are holding community forums to hear from the public what they think about proposals to affiliate with a larger health care system.
In March, the Boards of Commissioners of Cascade Valley, Island and Skagit Valley hospitals unanimously approved sending out Request for Proposals to MultiCare Health System, PeaceHealth, Providence-Swedish, Virginia Mason Medical Center and UW Medicine.
Read more about the RFP to affiliate.
Partnerships and consolidations among health care systems represent a trend that is playing out across the country and in the Northwest. Healthcare systems are forming alliances to combine strengths, focus on improving patient care, accessing capital and reducing the cost of healthcare through the streamlining of services.
Cascade, Island and Skagit seek a partnership with a larger health care system to enhance patient care, extend access to specialty services and augment clinical quality; to continue to recruit and retain physicians and other providers; to seek efficiencies and cost containment opportunities; ensure long-term economic viability and prepare for the rigors of health care reform and budget reductions at the state and federal levels.  
The overarching goal of the process is to retain and expand excellence in local health care for the people served by the three hospitals.
The community forums are scheduled for:
  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 in the Rainier Conference Room at Cascade Valley Hospital, 330 S. Stillaguamish Avenue, Arlington
  • 6 p.m., Monday, April 22, in the Aqua Room at Skagit PUD, at 1415 Freeway Drive in Mount Vernon.
  • Island Hospital will announce its Community Forum at a later date.
About Cascade, Island and Skagit:
Cascade Valley Hospital, Snohomish County Public Hospital District No. 3, is a 48-bed facility, which has served Arlington and the surrounding communities for more than 100 years. Cascade Valley also operates six associated clinics and a free-standing surgery center. 
Island Hospital, Skagit County Public Hospital District No. 2, is a 43-bed acute-care facility that has served western Skagit County, north Whidbey Island and the San Juan Islands for 50 years. Island also operates eight physician clinics and a freestanding sleep wellness center. 
Skagit Regional Health includes the 137-bed Skagit Valley Hospital and 10 Skagit Regional Clinics locations. Skagit County Public Hospital District No. 1 has served residents of Skagit, Island, San Juan and north Snohomish counties since 1958.