MultiCare Health System, a regional, not-for-profit integrated health system headquartered in Tacoma, Wash., has announced plans to purchase the hospital and clinic assets of Auburn Regional Medical Center in Auburn, Wash., from Universal Health Services Inc., a corporation based in King of Prussia, Pa. The sale is subject to regulatory review, which is expected to take place by late summer.
“We are very excited to welcome Auburn Regional Medical Center into the MultiCare system,” said Diane Cecchettini, RN, President and CEO of MultiCare. “With the opening of the new Covington Emergency Department earlier in April, the ARMC purchase and the planned hospital in Covington, MultiCare is significantly strengthening the commitment we made to residents of South King County almost 20 years ago when we opened the Covington Clinic.”
Auburn Regional Medical Center, a 213-bed hospital with 861 employees, has served the community since 1921.
Auburn Regional Medical Center will become part of MultiCare’s integrated not-for-profit healthcare system, which includes Tacoma General Hospital, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center, Allenmore Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and numerous outpatient clinics and specialty centers.
In South King County, MultiCare operates a network of primary care, specialty care and urgent care clinics in Auburn, Kent, Covington and Maple Valley, as well as the new Emergency Department that opened in April at the MultiCare Covington Medical Center. MultiCare also has plans to build a hospital in Covington.