Residents of Vancouver and Southwest Washington have their health-care needs covered, with Legacy Health System, Southwest Washington Medical Center and five medical offices operated by Oakland, CA-based Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan.
Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center and HealthLink joined forces in 1989 to form Legacy Health. The Oregon-based system in a not-for-profit corporation comprising five full-service hospitals and a children’s hospital. Legacy Health offers an integrated network of health-care services – acute and critical care, inpatient and outpatient treatment, community health education and a variety of specialty services.
Southwest Washington Medical Center
Founded in 1858, Southwest Washington Medical Center (SWMC) is considered the first permanent hospital in the Northwest territories. Since then, the hospital has been named a 100 Top Hospital six times by Thomson Reuters and is the flagship provider within the Southwest Washington Health System, a not-for-profit provider. Tertiary-level services are available at SWMC through its heart, cancer, brain and spine, bone and joint, and trauma centers. SWMC accepts nearly all insurance plans and also has an agreement with Kaiser Permanente, whose members may access the hospital for 24-hour emergency care for children and adults, emergency surgery and medical hospital care for adults, and low-risk obstetrical/neonatal care.
Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices
Kaiser Permanente also has a long tradition of serving Clark County residents. More than 60 years ago, the prepaid health plan’s founders, Henry J. Kaiser and Dr. Sidney Garfield, aimed to provide high-quality, affordable health care to shipyard workers and their families. Today, Kaiser Permanente has an agreement with Southwest Washington Medical Center and operates five local medical offices in Vancouver to serve local residents. Vancouver Medical Office offers family practice, health appraisal, obstetrics/gynecology, occupational health, social services and urgent care. Cascade Park Medical Office provides a variety of services including dermatology, family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics.