UW Medicine-Valley Medical alliance is valid says WA Supreme Court

Renton, Wash. – Valley Medical Center today announced that the Washington Supreme Court has denied review of the lawsuit challenging UW Medicine’s strategic alliance agreement with Public Hospital District No. 1, Valley Medical Center. As a result, the Court of Appeals decision approving the strategic alliance agreement between UW Medicine and Valley Medical Center is final.

The decision upholding the alliance validates the long public process UW Medicine and the District engaged in before deciding to enter a strategic alliance. The primary goal of the alliance when it began in July 2011 was to improve the health of the public.

“For over three years now, our healthcare professionals have been working very well together to improve quality and safety of care, control and reduce costs, and improve access to care for citizens of South King County,” said Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine in a statement to staff.

“It has been a pleasure for all of us at UW Medicine to pursue this important work with the talented group of healthcare professionals at Valley Medical Center.”

Both organizations will continue to focus on maximizing the benefits of the alliance for the community by devoting efforts toward achieving the system’s “Triple Aim” goals which include: better care for individuals, better health for populations, and reduction of per capita costs.

“Valley will continue to accelerate its support and integration into UW Medicine as it seeks to accomplish its mission and achievement of the ‘Triple Aim’ goals,” said Rich Roodman, CEO at Valley Medical Center. “We feel very fortunate to continue to have opportunities to both learn and work with our colleagues at UW Medicine.”