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EvergreenHealth's History

How it began

By the mid-1960s, leaders in northeast King County began thinking about how to provide hospital services to their growing region. After looking at several options, they decided the best was to form a public hospital district. In the same way a school or fire district taxes residents to provide those services, a hospital district uses tax money to build a hospital.

Voters approved formation of King County Public Hospital District No. 2 in November 1967. Thirty-five acres of land were purchased near the point where the communities of Kirkland, Bothell and Redmond intersect. The first Board of Commissioners was elected to provide community oversight for the district's operation.

A community contest to name the new hospital resulted in the name "Evergreen." 76-bed Evergreen General Hospital opened its doors on Mar. 9, 1972.

The taxation district

The original boundaries of King County Public Hospital District No. 2's tax district included Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, part of Sammamish and parts of unincorporated northeast King County.

The district’s boundaries remained unchanged until 2000, when the city of Duvall voted to annex itself to the EvergreenHealth district.

Our growth milestones

Thanks to the foresight of the district’s elected commissioners and civic leaders, along with hospital leadership, physicians and staff, King County Public Hospital District No. 2 (today known as EvergreenHealth), the tiny hospital that opened in 1972, is now a multi-hospital system with a service area of nearly 850,000 people.

Check out our milestones:

1960s Milestones

1967 | Voters approve creation of King County Public Hospital District No. 2


1967 | 35 acres of land purchased for what is now the Kirkland campus


1968 | Contest picks the name Evergreen Hospital

1970s Milestones

1970 | Groundbreaking for Evergreen Hospital


1972 | (Mar. 9) Evergreen General Hospital opens with 76 patient beds

1980s Milestones

1982 | Hospital's 3rd floor completed


1983 | Urgent Care opens in Woodinville


1984 | Hospital's 4th floor completed


1986 | North wing opens with new ED, critical care and auditorium


1986 | Hospital's name changed to Evergreen Hospital Medical Center


1986 | Home care services begin

1990s Milestones

1991 | Evergreen Hospice center opens


1991 | EvergreenHealth Foundation formed


1992 | East wing (Blue zone) opens, doubling the size of the hospital


1994 | Evergreen Professional Center (Coral zone) opens


1995 | Hospital's name is changed to Evergreen Community Health Care


1996 | EvergreenHealth named the nation's first "Baby-Friendly Hospital" by UNICEF


1996 | Family Maternity Center named one of the nation's "10 Best Places to Have a Baby" by Self magazine


1996 | 16 primary care physicians join EvergreenHealth, creating the EvergreenHealth Medical Group

2000s Milestones

2000 | EvergreenHealth Primary Care, Sammamish opens


2000 | Booth Gardner Parkinson's Care Center opens


2001 | EvergreenHealth Primary Care, Duvall opens


2002 | EvergreenHealth opens the Eastside's first Level III intensive care nursery


2002 | Evergreen Surgery & Physicians Pavilion (Tan zone) opens adjacent to the hospital


2003 | 4th and 5th floors open in the Blue zone


2005 | EvergreenHealth Plaza medical office building opens


2007 | New Emergency Department and Patient Tower (Silver zone) open


2008 | Mobile coach brings 3D mammography to community locations


2009 | DeYoung Pavilion opens adjacent to the hospital


2009 | Named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by Healthgrades

2010s Milestones

2010 | Named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by Healthgrades


2011 | New primary and urgent care centers open in Redmond and Woodinville


2011 | Emergency Department opens in Redmond


2011 | Named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by Healthgrades


2012 | Evergreen Healthcare is renamed EvergreenHealth


2012 | Halvorson Cancer Center opens at EvergreenHealth


2012 | Named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by Healthgrades


2014 | Valley General Hospital joins EvergreenHealth; later renamed EvergreenHealth Monroe


2014 | EvergreenHealth joins the Puget Sound High Value Network


2014 | Named one of America's 250 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades


2015 | Sky Valley Family Medicine joins EvergreenHealth, becomes EvergreenHealth Primary Care, Sultan


2015 | Named one of America's 250 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades


2016 | Community votes to expand the EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners to seven members


2016 | Named one of America's 250 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades


2016 | Named a Best Regional Hospital by US News & World Report


2017 | Lakeshore Clinic joins EvergreenHealth, becomes EvergreenHealth Primary Care, Lakeshore


2017 | EvergreenHealth and Overlake Medical Center partner to form the Eastside Health Alliance


2017 | 4th and 5th floors open in the Silver tower


2017 | Named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades


2017 | EvergreenHealth Urgent Care opens in Mill Creek, Sammamish and Kenmore


2018 | Named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by Healthgrades


2018 | Named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades


2018 | Recognized with Healthgrades' Outstanding Patient Experience Award


2018 | EvergreenHealth Primary Care, Mill Creek opens


2019 | Named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades


2019 | Ranked the #3 Best Hospital in the Seattle metro area and in Washington State by US News & World Report


2019 | Received an 'A' grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group

2020s Milestones

2020 | Named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades


2020 | Received an 'A' grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group


2020 | Named a Best Regional Hospital by US News & World Report


2020 | EvergreenHealth Urgent Care, Totem Lake opens


2020 | Named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Specialty Care (stroke, pulmonary, gastrointestinal,  general surgery) by Healthgrades


2021 | Named one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades


2021 | Received an 'A' grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group


2021 | New 20-bed Intensive Care Unit opens


2021 | Named a Best Regional Hospital by US News & World Report