Peter Adler: Community focus key component of PeaceHealth/Southwest Washington Medical Center merger

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2011 Outlook

• Bellevue-based PeaceHealth’s merger with Southwest Washington Medical Center will be fully implemented.

• The hospital chain will seek a location for a new Vancouver headquarters.

• By late in the year, PeaceHealth will start moving about 270 jobs to Vancouver from other sites around the Northwest.

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Serving communities and improving health. That’s what we do at PeaceHealth, and we do it in partnership and collaboration with local physicians, business leaders, and social service and health care organizations.

As we begin our affiliation with Southwest Washington Health System, we look forward to continuing to improve access to health care services for all Southwest Washington residents, regardless of their ability to pay.

From the start, when PeaceHealth was invited by the Southwest board of directors to explore the possibility of bringing our two organizations together, we began to think about the potential for a seamless network of care that we could create for those who live and work in this region. We imagined a future where patients and families could stay close to home for all of their health care needs, rather than traveling across state lines in search of specialty care and other medical services.

Looking at the separate pieces of the health care puzzle in Southwest Washington, or even in Clark County alone, one can see the tremendous value and potential of creating a true network of care. It is this kind of collaborative effort that will provide safe, efficient, effective and timely patient-centered care and create greater value for patients, businesses and the provider community.

That’s the future we imagine once Southwest and PeaceHealth are one organization.

But this kind of integration doesn’t start with dollars and cents. It starts with mission and values.

We’re a Northwest-based, not-for-profit health care organization whose sole purpose is to serve the needs of our communities. And we ensure we’re doing just that through our community-based boards and executive leadership, community-based fundraising, and local access to the highest-quality providers and health care services.

Here in the Vancouver/Clark County community, that local focus won’t change as Southwest becomes a part of the PeaceHealth system of care. Our mission and values require that community connection. In fact, that connection is at the heart of PeaceHealth’s 120-year legacy of service in our communities across Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

We’re excited to begin moving this vision of health care forward, and to do this work — together — in building one of America’s strongest networks of care, right here in southwest Washington.