PeaceHealth in Sedro-Woolley, Washington:
Ensuring Access to Local, Specialized, Sustainable and Innovative Health Care
United General Hospital served Skagit County Public Hospital District 304 for more than 40 years.
United General Hospital approached PeaceHealth in 2010, inviting PeaceHealth into discussions about ways the two organizations could work more closely together. Out of those discussions, PeaceHealth Medical Group established a clinic on United General's campus, staffed by physicians who specialized in pulmonology, gastroenterology and sleep medicine. The community responded very positively to those new services. Since then, other Bellingham physicians also transitioned to United, including cardiologists and surgeons.
As more and more health organizations began to work together in order to provide continued care for their communities, PeaceHealth and United General Hospital continued alliance discussions. PeaceHealth was a natural partner for United General for a number of reasons, including an overlapping service area and many folks in the community were already familiar with and pleased with the care they received from PeaceHealth. More importantly, PeaceHealth brought valuable expertise and specialized services that United General Hospital did not. The vision of an alliance would ensure that residents would have local access to specialized, sustainable and innovative health care.
The realization of the alliance was achieved on July 1, 2014, as United General Hospital became PeaceHealth United General Medical Center. The 30-year alliance entails PeaceHealth leasing and operating United General Hospital while Public Hospital District #304 retains ownership of the land and facilities.