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Cascade Valley Hospital and Skagit Regional Health become one integrated health system

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MOUNT VERNON and ARLINGTON – Skagit Regional Health and Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics are coming together as a unified, integrated health care system.

On June 1, Skagit Regional Health will officially lease and operate Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics. These two organizations share common values and have a long-standing record of working together to bring advanced, quality and safe health care services to the region.

A celebration featuring remarks by U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen and Paul G. Ramsey, MD, Chief Executive Officer of UW Medicine, along with representatives of Skagit Regional Health and Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics, will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 at Cascade Valley Hospital, 330 S. Stillaguamish Avenue, Arlington.

The integration of the two organizations is based on retaining and expanding health care services, enhancing access to care and will bring a new electronic health record to the entire health system.

“This is a positive step for our patients, employees and the communities we serve,” said Gregg Davidson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Skagit Regional Health. “Our coming together as a unified health care system represents our commitment to the patients, families and communities of the region.”

“We look forward to a long future with Skagit Regional Health providing services in Arlington and the surrounding community,” said Clark Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics.  “This affiliation marks a new era of cooperation to enhance health care.”

As a system, Skagit Regional Health will operate two hospitals, 18 clinics and offer 25 specialties in north Snohomish, Skagit and Island counties.

Effective June 1, Skagit Regional Health will lease all facilities and take responsibility for operations of services and programs of Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics. Skagit Regional Health will employ more than 400 previous Cascade employees and providers. The Board of Commissioners of Skagit County Public Hospital District No. 1 will take on governance responsibilities for operations at Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics.

Snohomish County Public Hospital District No. 3 will remain owners of the facilities and property with oversight by the district’s Board of Commissioners.

A separate clinical affiliation with UWMedicine also supports the system’s goals to recruit providers and continue to enhance health care.

Skagit Regional Health received a Certificate of Need for the project in January 2016. A Certificate of Need is required by the state Department of Health when there is a lease, sale or purchase of all or part of an existing hospital.