The regional trend of smaller hospitals forming alliances with large health systems continued Friday as Grays Harbor Community Hospital announced it has signed a letter of intent to affiliate with Tacoma’s MultiCare Health System.
The two health care organizations said they’re forming the alliance to “share clinical best practices and expand services in Grays Harbor County and the surrounding region.”
“We are excited to build on our longstanding relationship with Grays Harbor Community Hospital to help improve access to care service for area residents,” said Diane Cecchettini, chief executive officer at MultiCare. “Our two systems have collaborated for years, particularly in high-risk obstetric and pediatric care. From our experience working with Grays Harbor physicians and staff we deeply appreciate their commitment to delivering high-quality, compassionate care.”
Both Tacoma’s major health systems in recent years have added rapidly to their networks of hospitals and health care clinics. MultiCare now operates Tacoma General, Allenmore Mary Bridge Childrens hospitals in Tacoma, Auburn Regional Medical Center in Auburn and Good Samaritan hospital in Puyallup. It plans to build a new hospital in Covington in South King County.
The other major Tacoma health provider, Franciscan Health System, operates St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor and Highline Hospital in Burien. Franciscan is exploring an alliance with Harrison Hospital in Bremerton.