Swedish Health Services, which has a campus on Cherry Hill, has “combined forces” with Providence Health & Services, a Catholic-affiliated health care organization based in Redmond with services throughout the region.
Under the agreement, both Providence and Swedish will retain their names. Providence would retain its Catholic affiliation while Swedish remains non-religious. All facilities for both organizations are expected to remain.
The new arrangement will improve the care and affordability of care, Providence and Swedish claim in their press release.
From Swedish and Providence:
Officials from locally based Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health Services today announced plans to form an innovative affiliation that will improve health-care quality, access and affordability for the residents of Western Washington. This unique affiliation will allow both organizations, which have each served the Puget Sound area for more than 100 years, to collaborate to better deliver health care to the region while at the same time maintaining their individual identities and heritage.
Under the proposed plan, the two organizations will form a new not-for-profit health-care system that will include all of Swedish’s operations in King, Snohomish and Kittitas Counties and all of Providence’s operations in King, Snohomish, Thurston and Lewis Counties. Providence will keep the Providence name and its Catholic identity, while Swedish will keep the Swedish name and remain a non-religious organization.
Here’s the full press release announcing the deal: