At Valley, our mission of "caring for our community like family" reflects the depth of compassion we have for those we love when we see them in need. For our community, we hope this mission inspires trust and sets a high bar of expectation for the care we provide. Each day we strive to provide the kind of remarkable care to our community that we want for our loved ones. While our mission is focused on where we are today, our vision is all about where Valley is headed, our journey to be even better than we are now. It reflects our top priorities and core beliefs:
Exponential growth within our South King County community means we need to keep pace in order to continue to provide access to vital care and services for those we serve. We've taken steps to ensure that Valley is well poised to meet growing demand. We have continually expanded our clinic network to better serve patients close to home and provide neighborhood urgent care clinics to help residents contain costs by reducing unnecessary, expensive visits for emergency care. We now operate over 50 clinics in South King County staffed by over 400 Valley providers.
Despite volume increases, we continue to provide quality care, as evidenced by The Joint Commission's award of full accreditation triennially for meeting and exceeding national and safety performance standards.
Stroke. Heart Attack. Trauma. Emergent Illness. At Valley Medical Center, we truly hope these never happen to you or someone you love. However, statistics show chances are you or someone you care about has already visited our Emergency Department. Valley cares for more than 85,000 ER patients per year making us not only one of the largest emergency departments in the state of Washington, it places us among the busiest ERs on the entire West Coast! And did you know, if you come to our Emergency Department, you have a better chance of surviving a stroke? Our stroke care puts Valley on the national map, earning The Joint Commission's prestigious Gold Seal of Approval.
The expense of providing emergency care to all comers 24/7 is significant. Along with hospitals across the country, Valley is being buffeted by COVID-19 pandemic and economic pressures and is shouldering responsibilities unparalleled in the past, such as COVID-19 pandemic response, soaring pharmaceutical costs and a growing need for charity care.
At Valley Medical Center, we care for our community like family and it is our goal to ensure that spirit of camaraderie and excellence continue for generations to come.