April 27, 2011 -
Olympic Medical Center has completed a non-binding Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with Puget Sound-based Swedish Medical Center. The next step in this proposed affiliation is the overall ‘Affiliation Agreement,’ which is expected to be completed this summer.
“All of us at Olympic Medical Center are excited and pleased to take this next step in our proposed affiliation, as part of our ongoing effort to offer the best health care services to our community,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer, Olympic Medical. “The ability to work with a health care provider of Swedish’s stature and capabilities will be an enormous benefit to local patients. Many of these benefits Olympic Medical could not offer on its own, such as providing Epic, a top-notch electronic medical records system [EMR], and sub-specialty services.”
The agreement with Swedish Medical Center specifically outlines the key areas of focus for the affiliation. These areas include new and enhanced local health care services in areas such as cardiology and neurosciences, improved coordination for referring local patients to tertiary services at Swedish facilities in Seattle, and sub-licensing the Epic EMR system.
Separately, Jefferson Healthcare and Forks Community Hospital are also working on MOIs with Swedish. Jefferson Healthcare’s Board of Commissioners will be considering an MOI with Swedish at their next scheduled board meeting on Wednesday, May 11.
“Swedish Health Services is honored to be the affiliate of choice for Olympic Medical Center, Jefferson Healthcare and Forks Community Hospital. We look forward to completing the affiliation agreement and being an extension of the great care that all three organizations provide to people who live and work in the North Olympic Peninsula area,” says Marcel Loh, senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Swedish/Cherry Hill.
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 Swedish Medical Center
Swedish has grown over the last 100 years to become the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 8,500 employees, 3,000-physicians and 1,200-volunteers. It is comprised of four hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard and Edmonds); emergency departments and ambulatory care centers in Issaquah, Redmond and Mill Creek; Swedish Visiting Nurse Services; and Swedish Medical Group – a network of more than 70 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area.. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit Swedish online at www.swedish.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter or www.twitter.com/swedish.