Kirkland, Wash. – Today, EvergreenHealth marks a significant milestone in its history of high-quality care and service to the community as it celebrates its 45th anniversary.
Since 1972, EvergreenHealth has served King and Snohomish County families as their public hospital district, growing alongside the community from its origins as Kirkland’s rural hospital, into the nationally recognized comprehensive two-hospital health system it is today.
“As we reflect on 45 years of service to this community, we feel incredibly proud and privileged to be our patients’ trusted partner in health,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “Our work today fulfils the legacy of an inspiring group of individuals who saw the need to serve this area more than four decades ago. We’re humbled to continue the important work of fulfilling their vision, and expanding on it, to advance the health of our community through our relentless commitment to quality, safety and exemplary service.”
EvergreenHealth has embraced its commitment to community since voters approved the creation of Public Hospital District #2 in 1967, paving the way for the construction of Evergreen General Hospital, which would open for patient care just a few years later on March 9, 1972. Though the health system’s name has evolved over the years to reflect its breadth of service, it continues to pay homage to the theme chosen by a Bothell resident who won a hospital-naming contest in 1968 with her entry, “Evergreen.”
In recent years, EvergreenHealth has celebrated its mission to advance the health of the community with several strategic growth initiatives, including its alliance with Valley General Hospital in Monroe, Wash., to become EvergreenHealth’s sister hospital, EvergreenHealth Monroe. It launched the Halvorson Cancer Center, a collaboration with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, on its main hospital campus in Kirkland, and most recently opened two new patient-care floors in its Silver tower in Kirkland, as well.
This 45th anniversary year, EvergreenHealth also became one of Healthgrades’ 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals™, joining an elite group that represent the top two percent of hospitals nationwide for its outstanding clinical performance. In the past year, it became one of just 83 hospitals in the country to earn a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), it received a Leapfrog “A” Hospital Safety Grade, and also earned recognition as one of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Regional Hospitals.”
As the health system continues to reflect on 45 years of service throughout 2017, it invites the community to share memories and birthday wishes on a dedicated webpage at www.evergreenhealth.com/EH45 or by posting on social media with the hashtag #EH45.
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 10 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Virginia Mason, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated EvergreenHealth Partners network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its eighth designation in the last nine years (2009-2012, and 2014-2017) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, and in 2017 it was named one of Healthgrades 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance. EvergreenHealth was also named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength. For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.
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