UW Medicine | Valley Medical Center Strategic Alliance: New Board of Trustees Deadline Extended to December 31, 2011

RENTON, WA - Effective July 1, 2011, Valley Medical Center became the eighth entity of UW Medicine, joining Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, Airlift Northwest and the UW School of Medicine.

Pursuant to the strategic alliance agreement, UW Medicine is forming a new Board of Trustees to provide oversight for Valley Medical Center and its clinics. Anyone may submit nominations for trustees on the new board. With the advice of the UW Medicine Board, it is the responsibility of Paul Ramsey, MD, Chief Executive Officer, UW Medicine, to appoint five trustees who reside within the District Service Area, at least three of whom must also reside within the boundaries of the District.

If you wish to nominate yourself or others for consideration as a trustee, please send or have the nominee send the following by December 31, 2011:

  • Letter of interest from the nominee (250 words or less)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three references who are able to provide further information on the qualifications of the nominee to serve as a trustee of a hospital governing board.

Please label your nomination "personal and confidential" and send to:

Paul Ramsey, MD
Chief Executive Officer, UW Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean of the School of Medicine
University of Washington
1959 Pacific Street, Box 356350
Seattle, WA 98195-6350

Should you have any additional questions about the qualifications sought, the role of a trustee or other questions, Lori Oliver, Director of Legal & Business Matters for UW Medicine, is available to discuss further and can be reached at laoliver@us.edu.

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About the Strategic Alliance
The chief executive officers of UW Medicine and Valley Medical Center (VMC) announced the formation of a strategic alliance in which Valley Medical Center, Public Hospital District #1 of King County, joined UW Medicine effective July 1, 2011.

UW Medicine previously included: Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest. The creation of this strategic alliance follows several months of in-depth due diligence, discussion with respective boards, communication with key stakeholders, and preparation of a strategic alliance agreement, which was approved by the governing boards of both organizations.

The strategic alliance will increase access to additional healthcare services for South King County residents and offer a seamless continuum of care for patients from primary care through the most complex quaternary needs, in addition to aligning best practice models, expanding clinical, teaching and research programs, and positioning UW Medicine for future healthcare reform opportunities, such as the creation of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

“This strategic alliance provides exciting opportunities to combine efforts on important initiatives that will benefit patients and the community,” said Dr. Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine and dean of the UW School of Medicine. “UW Medicine and Valley Medical Center share a commitment to providing outstanding clinical care with an emphasis on patient safety and service. 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.”

In my 28 years at Valley Medical Center, the work of the President’s Advisory Council in guiding us toward a strategic alliance with UW Medicine is the most significant and visionary accomplishment that has been made on behalf of our community because it will help facilitate the most comprehensive clinical care available for the people in our community,” said Rich Roodman, CEO, Valley Medical Center. “The possibilities from aligning with a world-class organization of this caliber are endless, and well deserved by the people of South King County. I applaud the Valley Board of Commissioners, the UW Medicine Board of Trustees and the UW Board of Regents for their decisions to proceed.”

About UW Medicine
UW Medicine trains health professionals and medical scientists, conducts research to improve health and prevent disease, and provides primary and specialty care to patients throughout Seattle/King County and the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region. UW Medicine includes: Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW School of Medicine, UW Physicians, and Airlift Northwest. UW Medicine also shares in the ownership and governance of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with Seattle Children’s Hospital and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and shares in ownership of Children’s University Medical Group with Seattle Children’s Hospital.
UW Medicine has major academic and service affiliations with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, and the VA Hospital in Boise, Idaho. The UW School of Medicine has been ranked #1 in the nation in primary-care training for the past 17 years by US News & World Report. It is the top public institution for receipt of biomedical research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and second among all institutions for NIH funding, public and private. UW Medicine’s 2,000 faculty physicians and nearly 5,000 volunteer and part-time faculty include four Nobel Laureates, 32 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 33 members of the Institute of Medicine. For more information about UW Medicine, visit http://www.uwmedicine.org/.

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