After more than a year of internal discussions, officials at Stevens Hospital in suburban Seattle have asked an independent consultant to open formal talks with several nearby healthcare systems in the hopes of creating an affiliation.
The consultant, Howard Thomas, has been told by the public hospital's board of commissioners to begin work immediately on defining the affiliation process and the specific proposed terms of affiliation for the 156-bed, 45-year-old facility in Edmonds, WA. Local media in the Seattle area are reporting that the hospital is already in confidential negotiations with five health systems.
Jack Kirkman, Stevens' vice president and chief development officer, says the commission has identified five goals for the affiliation:
Built in 1964, Stevens' has a staff of more than 1,200 and more than 450 physicians have admitting privileges. Service lines include cardiac and cancer care, obstetrics, emergency services, and diagnostic imaging. The hospital serves the communities of North Seattle, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mill Creek and Bothell.
Stevens Hospital officials say a replacement facility would cost about $400 million, which would have to be paid for by a local tax hike.