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Expert care in your hometown

You don’t have to leave northwest Washington to find providers with advanced training and exceptional experience. And they’ve got deep roots in this community, just like you.

Local convenience, outstanding expertise

We’re your friends and neighbors, offering:

  • Programs that meet national standards for quality and safety, just down the street.
  • Specialists in fields such as heart care, cancer care, and bone and joint concerns, located near where you live and work.
  • New clinic locations and expansions to deliver care countywide.
  • Investments in affordable housing, childcare and social services to support community health in Whatcom County.
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130 years of community care 

PeaceHealth’s providers call Whatcom County home. We care about making northwest Washington a great place to live — for everyone. That’s why for more than a century we’ve invested in not just caring for people when they’re sick, but also lowering barriers to health in our community. Here are a few recent examples.

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Affordable housing

A $300,000 grant for the Millworks, a Mercy Housing NW development on the Bellingham waterfront with affordable apartments and childcare.


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Healthy food for youth programs

$100,000 for kitchen renovations for the Lummi Nation Boys & Girls Club, a community center offering youth activities, after-school care and summer camps.


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Health and homeless services

$400,000 for the Way Station, a 17-bed community space with health services, laundry and showers for people experiencing homelessness, opening in 2024.


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Providers who put you first

PeaceHealth’s caregivers know getting healthcare can be stressful, especially now. Our devoted teams are here so you can avoid the time and headaches of freeway travel and Seattle traffic that make taking care of yourself even harder.
Learn more about our specialists in heart care, cancer treatment and bone/joint health.

RiverBend Medical Center

"It's my privilege to deliver care here in this community."

— Paul Connor, MD, Division Chief of Cardiology, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

Meet Dr. Connor


RiverBend Medical Center

"I love treating patients with high-quality care close to home."

— Andrea Arnett, MD, Radiation Oncologist, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

Meet Dr. Arnett


RiverBend Medical Center

"Caring for friends and neighbors is a privilege."

— Carter Kiesau, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

Meet Dr. Kiesau


RiverBend Medical Center

"Taking care of my friends and neighbors is a privilege. It comes with a big sense of responsibility and empathy."

— Mervat Saleh, MD, Hematologist-Oncologist, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

Meet Dr. Saleh

New services and locations

You’ll soon see more ways that we’re growing to meet the needs for care in Whatcom County. These include:

  • dedicated pediatrics unit to serve children at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.
  • new behavioral health clinic on Rimland Drive to tend to patients’ mental health needs.
  • A new primary care and specialist clinic in Lynden to serve North County communities. It’s set to open in spring 2024.
  • A planned update and expansion for the main hospital at PeaceHealth St. Joseph so we can care for more people. Upgrades include a modernized emergency department, a six-level building with single-patient rooms, and a new care area for babies, women and children.