Skagit hospitals vote to partner with PeaceHealth

SKAGIT VALLEY HERALDAugust 29, 2013 

Skagit Valley Hospital and Cascade Valley Hospital voted Thursday, Aug. 29, to begin negotiating a partnership with PeaceHealth/UW Medicine.

Island Hospital's board voted not to negotiate with a partner at this time. The district will continue researching a potential partner with a community advisory board.

The three public hospital districts in Mount Vernon, Arlington and Anacortes formed a partnership in November 2011 in an effort to lower costs, attract physicians and provide more local services and specialty care.

However, each board votes independently, and only two of the three decided to move forward.

The three potential partners were PeaceHealth/UW Medicine, Swedish/Providence and Virginia Mason.

Consultants hired by the interlocal group rated PeaceHealth as the top proposal of the three.

PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit system based in Clark County and founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, provides much of the health care in Whatcom County and operates the only hospital in Bellingham.

Bellingham Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service