For Immediate Release
From: Nancee Long
Director of Public Relations
Public Hospital Districts #1 and #2 Convene for Special Joint Meeting
(March 7, 2019 - Lake Quinault, WA) On Thursday, March 7, 2019, the Board members and CEO’s of Summit Pacific Medical Center (SPMC) and Grays Harbor Community Hospital (GHCH) met in a Special Joint Meeting. Topics discussed were focused on how the two organizations can work side by side to meet the needs of Grays Harbor County citizens.
“A common goal of the attendees was to collaborate as much as possible in order to care for our shared population,” said Andrew Hopper, PHD #1 Commissioner. “Rather than seeing each other as competitors, SMPC and GHCH want to support each other’s efforts to encourage health and wellness in the county.”
Caring for a community such as Grays Harbor County comes with a distinct set of hurdles. An overwhelming number of citizens on government subsidized insurance, recruitment and retention of skilled medical providers and behavioral health challenges plague both organizations.
“The economic development of the area is dependent on appropriate and available health care,” said Michael Bruce, PHD#2 Commissioner. “Working together is imperative to the success of both organizations and we look forward to finding ways to care for Grays Harbor together.”
Other topics discussed included the need to educate the community and legislators on the difference between a Critical Access Hospital and Sole Community Hospitals and the recruitment of medical professionals to Grays Harbor County.
About Grays Harbor Community Hospital: Grays Harbor Community Hospital (GHCH) Aberdeen, Washington, is a comprehensive regional medical center providing quality care to a region of over 70,000 residents covering the 2,000 square miles of Grays Harbor County within Grays Harbor Public Hospital District II. Established in 1959, Grays Harbor Community Hospital is licensed for 140 beds; services including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, critical care unit, surgical services and Family Birth Center. GHCH’s outpatient services include diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation therapies, wound healing center, surgical services and physician clinics. Learn more at www.ghcares.org
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