The Eastside's Public Hospital District
Since 1972, the community has embraced EvergreenHealth as the Eastside's public hospital district, supporting the organization's evolution every step of the way, as we strive to meet the growing needs of our patients and enrich the health and well-being of the community. Today, EvergreenHealth is one of almost 60 public hospitals in Washington.
What is a public hospital district?
- A public hospital district is created and owned by a community and its residents, authorized by the state to provide health care services to the community it serves – much like a school or fire district.
- As a public hospital district, EvergreenHealth is governed by a publicly elected board of commissioners, which differs from private hospitals, which are led by internally appointed boards of directors.
- Each member of the EvergreenHealth board represents a different community within the district—acting as an advocate for the interests and health care needs of their region, and supporting the greater district as a whole.
- Because public district hospitals are created by the community, for the community, the public district hospital model is vital to ensuring residents throughout the area have access to the health care services they need.
- This model also empowers public district hospitals to respond to their population's changing and growing health care needs over time, as the sole mission of a public district hospital is to serve its community, and respond to its own unique demands and challenges to provide the best possible care for patients and families.