PeaceHealth welcomes United General Medical Center

4/2/2014 12:00 AM


During a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 1, community and hospital leaders officially welcomed PeaceHealth United General Medical Center as part of PeaceHealth’s Northwest Network.

The Washington hospital began affiliating with PeaceHealth in 2009 to provide specialty services on its campus in Sedro-Woolley. In the fall of 2011, following multiple community forums, Public Hospital District (PHD) #304 commissioners and PeaceHealth boards approved an alliance that would ensure District ownership of facilities, with PeaceHealth management of clinical services.

“PeaceHealth values and advocacy for patient safety matched our goals.” said Chuck Ruhl, PHD #304 commissioner. “The alignment seemed a perfect fit for the continued operation of United General in the new world of health care.”
Nancy Steiger, CEO and chief mission officer for the Northwest Network, said PeaceHealth was pleased to accept. “Our mission and core values call us to respond when asked to help provide needed health care. This will help ensure that residents of Public Hospital District 304 have local access to specialized, sustainable and innovative health care.”

Alan Yordy, PeaceHealth CEO, noted the significance of United General joining the PeaceHealth family.

“We are honored to have been invited to serve the Sedro-Woolley community. Our mission and core values call us to respond, just as PeaceHealth’s founding sisters did in 1891 when they arrived to provide health care for loggers and miners in the area.”

Pictured in top photo: Left to right, Jim Barnhart, PeaceHealth United General Medical Center CAO; Nancy Steiger, CEO & Chief Mission Officer, PeaceHealth Northwest Network; Chuck Ruhl, President, Hospital District 304 Board of Commissioners; Greg Reed, Board of Directors, PeaceHealth United General.

About United General Hospital:
United General Hospital has been a vital part of the community since 1965. The 25-bed critical access hospital serves Public Hospital District #304, including Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, Bayview, Samish Island, Concrete, Marblemount, Clear Lake and areas of Mount Vernon – over 2,000 square miles in Skagit (and parts of Whatcom) County. The hospital is governed by a five-member board of commissioners. A critical access hospital that has earned statewide recognition for quality and safety, United offers state-of-the-art technology in its North Puget Cancer Center, Diagnostic Imaging Center, Sleep Disorders Center and other patient care areas.