Olympia’s own Capital Medical Center and UW Medicine have struck an agreement set to take effect April 1 that will give Capital patients more access to health care.
UW Medicine now is the health care destination for complex “tertiary and quaternary care.”
A place where Capital patients can get specialized and ultra-specialized care for services not offered by the west Olympia hospital such as open-heart surgery, neonatal intensive care for sick babies, or services for high-risk pregnancies.
Other examples: rare eye diseases or specialized eye surgery, UW Medicine spokeswoman Kim Blakeley said.
Another detail of the arrangement is that the two organizations will be able to share patient and doctor information via an electronic health records system, she said.
Capital Medical Center spokeswoman Julie Leydelmeyer said that prior to the announcement with UW Medicine, Capital patients with special health needs were sent to places such as Swedish Medical Center or MultiCare Health System.
Patients still have a choice, she said, but Capital will “try to streamline their care with UW Medicine first.”
“Collaborating with UW Medicine will help enhance our ability to achieve our goal of ensuring that our patients have access to the highest quality of care,” Capital Medical Center Chief Executive Jim Geist said in a statement.
This is not the first time UW Medicine has entered into such a collaboration. It also has a similar agreement with nonprofit health care organization PeaceHealth, Blakeley said.
UW Medicine also includes Harborview Medical Center, the UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest.
Capital Medical Center is a 110-bed hospital in west Olympia.
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