It’s no secret that Tacoma is MultiCare’s hometown. Even as we expand into different regions in the state, we remain dedicated to supporting healthy Puget Sound communities.
We achieved a number of milestones in the Puget Sound region in 2018, including adding two more Indigo Urgent Care locations — in Federal Way and Point Ruston — watching the Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital project take shape on the Allenmore Hospital campus and joining with Tacoma Public Schools and other organizations to help launch the Healthcare Careers Academy at Stadium High School.
We also brought to fruition two major projects that will significantly help improve access to patient care across the Puget Sound region:
A Hospital at MultiCare Covington Medical Center
Building a hospital in Covington has been a project in the works for MultiCare for nearly a decade, and in spring 2018 it finally became a reality.
The new, 58-bed hospital opened for patient care April 24 on the same campus as the MultiCare Covington Medical Center building.
Connecting directly to the emergency department, the four-story facility expanded care for Covington and nearby communities with a variety of services, including 48 adult medical surgical beds (with six pediatric/adult swing beds) and a 10-bed family birth center with private rooms and in-suite bathtubs. The hospital also has three operating rooms, with pre- and post-op rooms, recovery areas and a surgical waiting room, as well as an inpatient pharmacy and lab.
The new hospital is named the Cecchettini Pavilion, after Diane Cecchettini, RN, MultiCare’s first female president and CEO. It was under Cecchettini’s leadership that expanding care in South King County became a focus for MultiCare and the organization began the work to bring hospital care to Covington.
“Diane’s vision and her leadership, and the steady, continual work that has been done here at Covington brought us to this moment today,” said Mark Smith, President and COO of MultiCare Auburn Medical Center and MultiCare Covington Medical Center, at an opening ceremony for the hospital. “We are so excited to serve our community with this project.”
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital Dally Tower Expansion
As Puyallup’s only hospital, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital serves as an acute care hub for a large, diverse and growing community across Puyallup and East Pierce County. When MultiCare opened the eight-story Dally Tower in 2011, the seventh and eighth floors were left unfinished to provide for future growth. By 2015, the need for care at Good Samaritan had grown enough that it became clear those two floors were necessary to meet the needs of the community.
On Oct. 23, 2018, MultiCare opened those two floors in an expansion that will help the hospital increase health care services for the growing region.
The Dally Tower expansion added 40 beds in a new post-surgical unit on the seventh floor, along with another 40 in a new Progressive Care Unit on the eighth floor. The expansion will also allow existing spaces to be repurposed to enhance care in a number of areas, including:
- The Pulse Heart Institute Critical Care Unit (currently in the tower) will expand from 33 beds to 40 private rooms, some of which will operate as Cardiac Intensive Care Unit-level beds.
- The current ICU will expand into the space vacated by Pulse and provide additional critical care beds (increasing from 14 to 22).
- The hospital will add 23 additional beds in its highly regarded Inpatient Rehabilitation Program.
The two new Dally Tower floors also pave the way for a new, 18-bed obstetric addiction inpatient unit that will open in 2019 and bring previously unavailable care to the South Sound for mothers-to-be who are struggling with addiction. This is a highly relevant service that addresses one of the nation’s largest public health challenges, and Good Samaritan will be the first facility in the South Sound to provide it to this at-risk population.
“We have had tremendous support from the community over the years,” said Chris Bredeson, Good Samaritan Hospital President and COO, at an opening ceremony for the new space. “And we are pleased that we are able to expand to make sure our patients can remain close to home when they need hospital care.”