March 17, 2011 -
In a joint announcement, Olympic Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Eric Lewis and Jefferson Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Mike Glenn announced today that their respective hospitals have each selected to move toward next steps with Swedish Medical Center of Seattle in their tertiary affiliation selection process. Forks Community Hospital has a board meeting on March 22 to discuss their next steps in this selection process.
Olympic Medical’s board of commissioners approved the measure this evening during its board meeting. Jefferson’s board also approved the direction and will join Olympic Medical in negotiating a non-binding Letter of Intent with Swedish.
“We have unanimous recommendations to proceed to next steps with Swedish Medical Center,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer, Olympic Medical Center. “This is an exciting time for Clallam County, as this affiliation will greatly impact health care in a positive, very meaningful way.” Mike Glenn, chief executive officer, Jefferson Healthcare, concurs. “This is an important step in the process. The selection of Swedish Medical Center as our Seattle-based partner will bring patients of Jefferson County much needed access to tertiary services and technology. Also, we are pleased to be partnering in a regional manner with Forks Community Hospital, Olympic Medical Center and Harrison Medical Center, and believe these partnerships will also add value to our local patients.”
Separately, talks are ongoing with Harrison Medical Center in regards to health care issues and planning on the Olympic Peninsula.
Camille Scott, chief executive officer of Forks Community Hospital adds, “The coming together of health care services for one goal – quality patient care – is the outcome we expect through these partnerships.”
Recommendations to proceed with Swedish as the tertiary affiliate came from Olympic Medical Center’s board tertiary medical center task force, medical staff executive committee, OMP Physicians Council and hospital administrators. Jefferson Healthcare’s board of commissioners also approved to investigate the possibility of an affiliation with Swedish at Jefferson’s March 16 board meeting.
A non-binding Letter of Intent will be negotiated with Swedish Medical Center with completion expected by April 20. Forks Community Hospital is expected to join the process. The goal is to complete final agreements in the next three to five months. A series of public meetings to gather input and give more information are planned. The agreements are subject to final approval by each organization’s board of commissioners.
About Olympic Medical Center
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.
About Jefferson Healthcare
Jefferson Healthcare (Jefferson County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive health care provider for the residents of East Jefferson County. Governed by a five-member publicly elected board, Jefferson Healthcare provides inpatient services at its 25-bed critical access hospital located in Port Townsend, including a level-four trauma designated emergency department, comprehensive surgical services, labor and delivery, and intensive care. Jefferson Healthcare also provides an array of outpatient services including diagnostic imaging, laboratory, physical therapy and rehabilitation, sleep medicine, home health and hospice services, and primary and specialty physician care.
About Forks Community Hospital
Forks Community Hospital (Clallam County Public Hospital District #1) serves west Clallam County and west Jefferson County. Governed by three commissioners, Forks Community Hospital provides two Rural Health Clinics, a 20-bed Longer-Term Care facility, and comprehensive inpatient care such as obstetrics and surgery. Other services provided are diagnostic imaging, laboratory, rehabilitation and many others. Forks Community Hospital also works in a joint effort with the Ray Ellis Memorial Ambulance Corp. to provided emergency services to the West End of the Peninsula.