EvergreenHealth Monroe sought community support to provide about $4 million dollars in tax funding, which would go into effect in 2020.
Due to the failure to pass the levy lift, EvergreenHealth Monroe will reprioritize some of its strategic plan projects. The projects included in the ballot initiative are:
1. Emergency services upgrades with state-of-the-art equipment to support future accreditation for a heightened Level III Trauma Center certification (up from Level IV) as the only emergency center serving the Skykomish Valley.
Status: This project is currently moving forward with an anticipated time of installation of new MRI and CT machines in mid-fall 2019.
2. Reinstate an obstetrics unit for level 1 low-risk pregnancy patients at EvergreenHealth Monroe, project completion by 2021.
Status: On hold.
3. Transition EvergreenHealth Monroe electronic medical record (EMR) systems to Cerner and establish an accessible patient portal. Project beginning in 2019 with viable completion by end of 2020.
Status: This project is moving forward with an extended implementation time dependent on funding.
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