In March 2013, 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.
Cascade, Island and Skagit sought 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 process was a several-monthlong process. Below are some of the materials and events that took place during the process. (You can also read more about Skagit Valley Hospital's choice to begin a strategic alliance negotiations with PeaceHealth.)
Aug. 23, 2013 - PowerPoint presenation detailing the evaluations of proposals.
July. 31, 2013 - Skagit Regional Health, Island Hospital and Cascade Valley Hospital held a joint meeting at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon, WA regarding potential partnerships.
Part I - Introduction
Part II - Partner Presentations
Part III - Question and Answer
Part IV - Public Comment