Q and A
Following unanimous approval by the Northwest Hospital Board of Trustees and endorsement by the UW Board of Regents, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center will join and become an integral part of the UW Medicine health system.
As the newest entity of UW Medicine, Northwest Hospital will join the system’s six other current entities, including Airlift Northwest, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics, University of Washington Physicians, and the UW School of Medicine. UW Medicine is also a corporate member of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Children’s University Medical Group, and has close affiliations with Seattle Children’s, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.
We believe a long-term strategic partner will significantly strengthen our ability to meet Northwest Hospital’s mission of service to our community. While we have succeeded as an independent organization, an affiliation with a broader institution like UW will allow us to thrive and grow in ways we would not have been able to alone. UW and Northwest Hospital share similar missions and a cultural commitment to clinical excellence and quality, patient safety and outstanding customer service.
This affiliation is a natural expansion of the Cooperative Program Agreement we signed with UW Medicine in 1997, which established a long-term relationship to collaborate on select patient care, clinical research and educational activities. That agreement gave rise to our successful partnership with UW in cardiac surgery, which is now ranked as the leading program in the Puget Sound region.
We will be able to bring to our community the additional breadth and depth of services and expertise of one of the top medical institutions in the country. We believe our patients will benefit from the combination of Northwest Hospital’s community focus, personalized patient care environment and history of technological innovation and the broader strength of UW’s clinical excellence, teaching and research mission.
No. The UW will be the sole corporate member of UW Medicine/Northwest, a nonprofit tax exempt organization. Currently, Health Resources Northwest (HRN), a tax exempt nonprofit corporation, is the sole corporate member of the Northwest Hospital. Under the new arrangement, UW Medicine/Northwest will be the sole corporate member of HRN and will have a Management Services Contract with HRN.
Northwest Hospital will continue to use its name with the inclusion of an acknowledgement of our UW Medicine affiliation, consistent with other entities of UW Medicine.
Northwest Hospital will retain all of the core clinical services and medical technologies currently available on our campus. We also expect the affiliation with UW to enhance many of the services we provide our community now, as well as allow us to introduce new services in the future. We anticipate the first opportunities for clinical collaboration will center around cardiovascular services, oncology services and maternal and child health.
One key benefit of this affiliation is that it enables UW to expand its facilities to better support its research, teaching and patient care mission, while also meeting Northwest Hospital’s goal to enhance services for our community. We believe that Northwest Hospital has the land to support the goals of both organizations. After a thoughtful, careful strategic planning process with UW, it is likely that we will begin to further develop the Northwest Hospital campus.
As the Northwest Hospital Board and medical leadership further explore the partnership and engage in strategic planning with UW, they will evaluate whether to expand teaching, research and clinical studies on the Northwest Hospital campus.
The staffs of Northwest Hospital and UW will remain employed by their respective organizations.
The medical staffs of each organization will remain the same. Northwest Hospital physicians are not required to send their patients to UW. However, one of the greatest benefits of this partnership will be increased access to specialists at UW, and more treatment options for our patients.
Northwest Hospital will continue to bill patients directly for services.
As an independent care provider, Northwest Hospital will retain our patients’ medical records, and you may continue to request them directly from us.
Any funds you have generously given to Northwest Hospital continue to be dedicated to supporting our mission to our community, which will expand and strengthen through our affiliation with UW.
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