Sound Physicians Enters Agreement to Provide Hospitalist Services for Skagit Valley Hospital

Leading health care organization partners with Washington hospital to improve quality, reduce cost of care

Nov 24, 2015, 07:00 ET from Sound Physicians

TACOMA, Wash., Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sound Physicians, a health care organization focused on improving quality and lowering cost throughout the acute episode of care, announced today an agreement to provide hospitalist services for Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, WA.

Skagit Valley Hospital is a 137-bed hospital specializing in surgery, cancer care, a family birth center, and advanced diagnostic, heart care and orthopedic services. The hospital expanded in 2007 and features private patient rooms, a Level III Trauma Emergency Department and the area's only cardiac catheterization labs. Skagit Valley Hospital is a member of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which brings together the talents of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington Medicine and Seattle Children's.

"Skagit Valley Hospital shares our values of quality and innovation," said Robert Bessler, M.D, chief executive officer of Sound Physicians. "We look forward to utilizing an engaged team of physicians, regional leadership and proven workflows to provide quality care for the Mount Vernon community."

Gregg Davidson, FACHE, chief executive officer of Skagit Regional Health, said, "We chose Sound Physicians for its strong regional presence and proven track record of performance management expertise. We look forward to partnering with them and furthering our mission to be a healthcare leader in the Northwest."

Sound Physicians will recruit a team of 12 hospitalist physicians, including a chief hospitalist, as well as a hospitalist nurse focused on driving performance improvements and patient satisfaction efforts. Working with Skagit Valley Hospital, Sound Physicians will introduce its SoundConnect workflow and communication platform to drive improvement in outcomes and foster effective communication as it fulfills its vision of being the leader in improving quality and lowering the cost of care for patients in the communities it serves.

About Sound Physicians
Sound Physicians is a leading health care organization with a proven record of improving quality, satisfaction and financial performance for hospitals and post-acute facilities nationwide. Our patient-centered approach, web-based workflow platform, experienced leadership team, and more than 2,000 hospitalist, intensivist and transitional care providers drive breakthrough results throughout the acute episode of care for nearly 300 hospitals and post-acute facilities in 35 states across the nation.

About Skagit Regional Health
Skagit Regional Health includes Skagit Valley Hospital and Skagit Regional Clinics. Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, licensed for 137 beds, features a full range of services including comprehensive cancer care; surgical services; a Level III Emergency Department; a well-appointed Family Birth Center; comprehensive diagnostics; and advanced heart and vascular care. Skagit Regional Clinics is a network of 11 health care facilities providing primary and specialty outpatient care in north Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties. In 2013, the Skagit Regional Clinics - Residency Clinic opened in Mount Vernon, providing patients with access to physician residents who are part of Skagit Regional Health's growing Graduate Medical Education program.

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