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Northwest Hospital & Medical Center to Join UW Medicine
Date:9/17/2009

SEATTLE, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, a 281-bed full service acute care hospital, will expand its program agreement with UW Medicine to become an integral part of the UW Medicine health system. The University of Washington Board of Regents endorsed the expanded affiliation agreement at its Sept. 17 meeting. When the final documents are completed, Northwest Hospital will become the newest entity of UW Medicine, joining the current six entities that include Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics, University of Washington Physicians, Airlift Northwest and the UW School of Medicine. UW Medicine is also a corporate member of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Children's University Medical Group and has close affiliations with Seattle Children's, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

"We are very pleased that Northwest Hospital is joining UW Medicine and excited about the many possibilities that this relationship presents," said Paul Ramsey, MD, CEO of UW Medicine and dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine. "Northwest Hospital is an outstanding institution with a very strong presence in the community and a history of excellence in clinical care. This integration will support the UW Medicine mission of improving the health of the public through research, teaching and patient care and will foster and expand Northwest Hospital's mission of serving the community's healthcare needs."

UW Medicine and Northwest Hospital will finalize the agreement over the coming weeks. The transaction is expected to be completed by December 31, 2009.

"Northwest Hospital has been a vital community asset since 1960, and we believe this partnership only strengthens our ability to meet our mission of raising the community's long-term hea
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