“A Healthier Community is Born Here” proposes a levy lift to support a new obstetrics unit, upgraded emergency services equipment and enhanced technology for Sky Valley’s community hospital.
Monroe, Wash. – EvergreenHealth Monroe is launching a levy lift campaign to fund projects that will expand access to comprehensive health care and services for families in the Sky Valley, beginning with upgrading its emergency care services with new state-of-the-art equipment and opening an obstetrics (OB) care unit.
The levy lift will also fund a new electronic medical record (EMR) system.
The initiative, “A Healthier Community is Born Here,” supports the organization’s mission to ensure that families within the public hospital district can continue to count on safe, quality care within their community as part of the hospital’s dedication to serve its residents as comprehensively as possible, through every stage of life.
“A community hospital is at the center of a community’s overall health, and our ability to provide fully comprehensive care for patients, beginning at birth, means a healthier future for the families we serve,” said Renée Jensen, chief administrative officer of EvergreenHealth Monroe. “Since 1960, EvergreenHealth Monroe has made significant strides alongside our community to provide high-quality, safe and compassionate care. This levy lift will help to ensure we can continue to meet and exceed these expectations for years to come.”
Community support of a levy lift will enable EvergreenHealth Monroe to offer enhanced emergency services as the first hospital in the Puget Sound region to offer compressed sensing MRI—reducing scan time by half, in moments that may be critical.
Along with cutting-edge MRI technology, a new CT unit and other new technology will further position the hospital to provide even better care for trauma patients, positioning its Emergency Department for an upgraded Level III Trauma Center certification.
As the only emergency department serving the greater Sky Valley, trauma care is important not only for the community’s residents, but also for commuters on U.S. Highway 2 and visitors of the district’s popular outdoor adventure and recreation areas.
“No one plans to seek emergency care, but as a community hospital, we plan to be ready, day or night, to care for patients’ and families’ unexpected needs,” Jensen said. “We provide care to our valley and visitors when they need us most. Trauma care patients regularly bypass EvergreenHealth Monroe, not to receive better quality of care, but due to the current accreditation level. Readying our hospital to achieve an enhanced trauma level will enable us to offer even more comprehensive emergency services, right here in our community.”
The proposed levy lift, which would go into effect in 2020, will support reinstating an obstetrics unit for low-risk pregnancy patients.
The community hospital’s original OB unit closed in 2011 due to funding. At the height of OB services, more than 450 babies were delivered annually.
As the only hospital between Stevens Pass and Everett, OB services are critical to families along U.S. Highway 2, ensuring high quality, safe OB care is close to home for everyone in the district.
Beyond construction to open a new OB unit, the levy will also fund infrastructure upgrades to support enhanced patient care, such as advanced neonatal monitoring equipment, upgraded patient technology touchpoints, modernized birthing suites, and family waiting areas and renovated nurse’s stations.
The levy lift campaign also provides funding for a new electronic medical record (EMR) system.
This new system will allow providers and patients across EvergreenHealth Monroe practices to access health records through one comprehensive interface, offering a more efficient and cohesive patient experience.
A single system improves patient safety, quality of care and experience by providing patients with access to their own health record portal and enhancing collaboration between providers spanning specialties and other health systems for continuity of care.
EvergreenHealth Monroe cares for patients throughout a broad geographic region from Snohomish to Steven’s Pass and beyond. As a public hospital district, EvergreenHealth Monroe receives financial support to help ensure vital health care services are available within the district. Levy funds are allocated in the form of community taxes assessed on property values within the district, which only partially fund hospital operations, but offer a critical source of support for services and programs to advance the health of the community.
The community will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed levy lift for Snohomish County Public Hospital District #1 in a vote scheduled for April 23.
If approved, it will provide an annual increase of about $4 million to EvergreenHealth Monroe each year.
The current levy rate is 27 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value. If the levy lift is approved, the tax rate per property within the district will increase from 27 to 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value. For example, a homeowner with an assessed home value of $400,000 currently pays $108 per year. The new rate proposed by the levy lift is $188 per year, an increase of $80.
To confirm if your property falls within the tax district, visit www.snohomishcountywa.gov/2251/Taxes-Assessments.
For more information about EvergreenHealth Monroe’s continued commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality care through state-of-the-art technology for all stages of life, visit www.evergreenhealthmonroe.com/levy.
To register to vote or ensure your voting registration information is up to date, visit www.snohomishcountywa.gov/1967/Voter-Registration.
About EvergreenHealth Monroe
EvergreenHealth Monroe is a 72-bed hospital serving Sky Valley residents and visitors with access to safe, quality and comprehensive health care from its medical center campus in Monroe, Washington. In addition to a 24/7 Level IV Trauma Center Emergency Department, EvergreenHealth Monroe provides a range of specialty care including addiction medicine, oncology, cardiology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, orthopedic care, pediatrics, stroke care, and nationally ranked care with its Wound Healing and Hyperbarics Center, among other specialty care.
EvergreenHealth Monroe is part of the Kirkland, Washington-based EvergreenHealth integrated health care system that provides comprehensive, high-quality care to nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties. In addition to its Monroe hospital, the health system includes a 318-bed medical center in Kirkland, along with a network of 13 primary care practices, five urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices across the Eastside and Sky Valley, and 24/7 emergency care from its Kirkland, Monroe and Redmond locations.
Originally formed as a public hospital district in 1960, EvergreenHealth Monroe continues to serve the health needs of the growing communities in Snohomish County with its patient and family-centered philosophy, combined with a commitment to advancing medical technologies. To learn more, visit www.evergreenhealthmonroe.com.
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