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Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center will serve Kaiser Permanente members

April 2013

Legacy Health’s agreement with Kaiser Permanente is an example of the range of structural models Legacy is pursuing.


Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center (LSCMC) will serve Kaiser Permanente members in the Vancouver area. Kaiser Permanente Northwest has announced that they are entering into an agreement with LSCMC establishing LSCMC as the health plan hospital for Kaiser Permanente members in Clark County.

LSCMC is Washington’s leading hospital

In its announcement, Kaiser Permanente recognized LSCMC as Washington’s leading hospital. It said Kaiser Permanente members in Clark County will benefit from convenient access to Legacy’s:

    • Excellent care outcomes supported by the electronic medical record
    • Board-certified pediatric emergency care
    • Highest patient satisfaction scores in the region and routinely among the top five hospitals in Washington
    • Family birth center
    • Physician satisfaction ratings in the top 5 percent nationally

Staff and facility expansion

According to LSCMC Chief Administrative Officer Jonathan Avery, "The shift will represent an increase in our average daily census of 30–35 patients. We are still working on the details, but staffing will likely increase by around 200. Key growth areas will be the Family Birth Center (an estimated 1,000 deliveries annually), the Emergency Department (an estimated 6,000 additional visits annually) and Adult Medicine. A $6 million hospital expansion will begin immediately to accommodate this growth."

Lewis Low, M.D., Legacy senior vice president and chief medical officer, notes that 120 physicians will be added to the LSCMC medical staff. "No other Legacy hospitals will be immediately affected," he says.

The agreement takes effect Oct. 1, pending regulatory approval of the Washington insurance commissioner.

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