Hundreds of employees and community members gathered beside Cascade Valley Hospital, overlooking the new helistop, to celebrate the official integration of Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics with Skagit Regional Health.
“Going forward, we are stronger together,” said Gregg Davidson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Skagit Regional Health before more than 150 people who turned out to celebrate the June 1 integration of Skagit Regional Health and Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics.
“This is an exciting day,” he said, surrounded by staff, commissioners, providers, dignitaries and community members. “We appreciate the trust and confidence placed in us.”
Arlington native U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen noted he and seven siblings were born at Cascade Valley Hospital and he complimented the cooperation between the two organizations and communities in making the integration happen to retain and expand healthcare services.
“We are looking forward to a great partnership and continued support in both communities for all the families,” Larsen said.
Dr. Paul Ramsey, Chief Executive Officer of UW Medicine, hailed the clinical affiliation Cascade and Skagit both have with UW Medicine.
“We can be better together. Together, we can deliver on the mission of providing health care to the community,” Dr. Ramsey said. “This is the best way to succeed and be better together.”
Snohomish County Public Hospital District No. 3 Commissioner Steve Peterson noted the long connection between Cascade and Skagit.
Mike Liepman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Skagit Regional Health said our connection equals commitment.
“We are going to make sure we do right for all,” he said. “It’s a great place to be. It’s a great place to be involved with.”