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State Approves Certificate of Need for New PeaceHealth San Juan Island Hospital
Date:1/29/2010

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- State of Washington Department of Health (DOH) officials approved a Certificate of Need for a new critical access hospital on San Juan Island. The new facility will be owned and operated by PeaceHealth, a regional health system that serves communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

PeaceHealth and the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 (Hospital District) in March 2009 approved a long-term agreement to significantly expand on-island healthcare services for Hospital District residents and Island visitors.  The 50-year contract calls for PeaceHealth to build a new, fully integrated medical center located in Friday Harbor, including a new, expanded primary care and specialty clinic, expanded diagnostic services center, a 24-hour emergency room, and a 10-bed Critical Access Hospital.

The Certificate of Need (CoN) approval allows PeaceHealth and the San Juan Island community to now begin the design planning for the new facility. PeaceHealth signed a purchase and sale agreement for a 22-acre parcel of land for the hospital in July 2009.

"The state's Certificate of Need process confirmed why PeaceHealth and the San Juan community came together in the first place -- to meet the community's need for enhanced local health care services and increased access to care for all island residents and visitors," said Peter Adler, PeaceHealth Senior Vice President for Strategy, Innovation and Development, and CEO of HealthVentures. "When we were first invited into this dis
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