Valley Medical Center and UW Medicine finalize alliance

July 1, 2011

By Staff

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Valley Medical Center — which has a clinic at 7203 129th Ave. S.E. in Newcastle — and UW Medicine finalized their planned strategic alliance last month.

The alliance will likely make UW Medicine services more readily available to Valley Medical Center patients.

Specifically, more specialists and specialized procedures will likely be available to Valley Medical Center patients.

Valley Medical Center CEO Rich Roodman said the alliance is the most significant and visionary accomplishment that has been made in his 28 years with the company, because it will help facilitate the most comprehensive clinical care available to people in the community.

UW Medicine will benefit from the alliance by getting a larger patient base. However, Dr. Jamie Park, director of Newcastle Primary Care and Valley Medical Center’s clinic network, said he doesn’t foresee specialists working at the Newcastle clinic.

UW Medicine operates Harborview Medical Center, the UW Medical Center, and numerous other hospitals and clinics across Western Washington. It is also an affiliate of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

“UW Medicine and Valley Medical Center share a commitment to providing outstanding clinical care with an emphasis on patient safety and service,” Dr. Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine and dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine, said in a news release. “This alliance will further support our mission to improve the health of the public and enhance our ability to provide national leadership for healthcare reform.”

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