The Yakima Valley Memorial to explore to join the MultiCare Health System

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YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Memorial has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to explore joining the MultiCare Health System. Over the coming months, the two organizations will conduct a due diligence process to determine whether this relationship would advance the missions of both organizations, expand local access to health care, and improve the quality of care for the Valley community. Yakima.

Memorial and MultiCare have a common goal of ensuring that high quality healthcare remains accessible locally. Joining MultiCare would allow Memorial to accelerate the hospital’s ability to invest in new programs; implement an integrated electronic health record; and provide a sustainable future for Yakima’s only hospital. Joining MultiCare would also strengthen Memorial’s role as central Washington’s leading healthcare hub.

Based in Tacoma, MultiCare is a nonprofit, secular health care system that has cared for Pacific Northwest communities since 1882. It is the largest local health care system in the state, and its care network includes 11 hospitals and hundreds of clinics in the Puget Sound and Inland Northwest areas.

“Over the past two years, Memorial has successfully weathered the closure of Astria, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and an increasingly expensive and complex healthcare environment,” said Memorial CEO. , Carol Peet. “We are currently evaluating a new strategy to ensure continued access to exceptional local health care for our community for decades to come.”

The potential relationship would build on a 2021 partnership between the two organizations to help expand oncology services in Yakima County.

The successful and ongoing partnership that MultiCare has formed with Memorial with respect to oncology services – as well as similar partnerships with other healthcare organizations over the years – demonstrates MultiCare’s strong commitment to building centers local health care providers that serve residents close to home.

“Exploring this relationship is consistent with MultiCare’s mission to partner for healing and a healthy future,” said Bill Robertson, CEO of MultiCare. “We believe it is critically important for communities in our region to have access to the health care they need, in those communities. I hope our two organizations will find ways to work together to ensure that patients and their families in the Yakima Valley have access to a full range of services close to home for many years to come.

The letter of intent triggers a period of due diligence, during which the two organizations share information to determine if they are strategically and operationally aligned. At the end of this period, Memorial and MultiCare will announce their decision.

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About the Yakima Valley Memorial

Yakima Valley Memorial is a health care system that includes Yakima’s only Acute Care Center, a 226-bed nonprofit community hospital serving the Yakima Valley in central Washington. Yakima Valley Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services including high quality cardiac care; cancer care through the North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow, winner of the American Hospital Association’s Circle of Life Award for innovative palliative and end-of-life care; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit, the only location in central Washington that offers specialized care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at the Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation, a separate 501c(3) organization that raises funds for innovative healthcare programs in the Yakima Valley (www.memfound.org).

Visit the Memorial online at www.yakimamemorial.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yakimavalleymemorialhospital), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/Yakima_Memorial).

About MultiCare

MultiCare is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with more than 20,000 team members, including employees, vendors and volunteers. MultiCare has cared for our community for more than a century, from the founding of Tacoma’s first hospital, and today is the largest community-based, locally-governed health system in Washington State.

MultiCare’s comprehensive healthcare system includes many primary care, urgent care and specialist services, including MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Pulse Heart Institute and MultiCare Rockwood Clinic, the largest multi-specialty clinic in the Inland Northwest region.

MultiCare’s care network includes 11 hospitals:

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