Olympic Medical Center is affiliated with Swedish Medical Center and became the first member of the Swedish Health Network in 2011. The overall goal of the affiliation is to allow for more health care services locally, while improving continuity of care and transfers when patients need the sub-specialty care offered only in the Seattle area.
The affiliation with Swedish allows for integration of specific services to provide expanded access to sleep medicine, neurology, cardiology and telemedicine to name a few. Swedish’s ability to bring providers to Clallam County expands medical services, and helps Olympic Medical Center cut costs.
“We want to offer more health services locally,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer, Olympic Medical Center. “This is an advantage for our patients, our community, our employees, Swedish, and Olympic Medical Center.”
For services that cannot be provided locally, patients who choose can be referred to Swedish for care. This affiliation assures these patients will be sent back to their local primary care doctors for follow-up care.
The affiliation helps Olympic Medical Center realize additional cost savings through access to the Epic electronic health record (EHR) system and participation in a large buying group with Swedish and other large health care systems in the Seattle area.
Olympic Medical will remain locally owned and operated under the governance of publicly elected commissioners, with decisions made at the local level, but OMC administrators and commissioners know that they cannot stand alone. Olympic Medical must continue to find ways to curb costs and limit expenses in a health care environment of declining reimbursement.
“If a hospital as small and rural as Olympic Medical tries to go it on its own, it’s going to have significant financial problems,” says Lewis. “We now have a large, prominent and well-respected partner that will work with us to ensure our community is properly cared for.”
“I really believe Olympic Medical Center is going to start a trend with this kind of affiliation,” says Jean Hordyk, board commissioner at Olympic Medical. “It’s neat that we are being the first to do it. It’s kind of scary, but it is also exciting at the same time.”
Olympic Medical Center is proud to offer new and expanded services in the following specialties, thanks to our affiliation with Swedish:
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