Dec. 3, 2013
Valerie Stafford, Director, Communications & Development, United General Hospital, 360-856-7273
Kari Ranten, Director of Planning and Marketing, Skagit Regional Health, 360-814-2370
Agreement between hospital districts will keep physicians in Sedro-Woolley
Mount Vernon, WA – The Boards of Commissioners of Skagit County Public Hospital District No. 1, Skagit Regional Health, and Skagit County Public Hospital District No. 304, United General Hospital have signed an interlocal agreement that allows the providers and staff of Skagit Regional Clinics to continue to serve the health care needs of patients from the current Sedro-Woolley location.
"With this agreement in place, patients now have more choices for their care," said Greg Reed, Chief Executive Officer of United General Hospital. "All of us at United General are looking forward to working more closely with the physicians at Skagit Regional Clinics to provide surgery, diagnostics, lab, and other hospital-based services to their patients."
The agreement means the five internal medicine providers, optometrist, pharmacist and rotating cardiologists will continue to see patients at the clinic location in The Pavilion, located adjacent to United General Hospital.
The agreement provides the permission that Skagit Regional Health legally needs to operate a health care facility within Public Hospital District 304 and means the nearly 5,000 patients served at Skagit Regional Clinics – Sedro-Woolley will continue to have convenient access to services.
The providers, Peggy Bissell, MD, Sarah Evans, ARNP, Mary Ann Hink, MD, Teackle Martin, MD and Rico Romano, MD will retain privileges at United General Hospital and be able to continue to serve as medical directors at skilled nursing facilities in the area and care for Cascades Job Corps Center participants.
This agreement is truly a benefit to the patients and families who receive primary care and other services close to where they live and work. These providers have long-standing, trusting relationships with their patients – and we are pleased to have come to an agreement that allows that important work to continue at the Sedro-Woolley clinic.
“This is really about patient care and two organizations coming to an agreement that is best for the patients of the community,” said Gregg Davidson, CEO of Skagit Regional Health. “Access to primary and specialty care is so essential and we are delighted that we were able to work out a plan with United General Hospital to keep these outstanding providers at their longtime Sedro-Woolley location for patient care and convenience.”
“Our Board sees this as a very positive development for the community,” said Chuck Ruhl, president of the Board of Commissioners of Public Hospital District No. 304, “and we hope it opens the door to better things in the future.”