MultiCare acquires Hospice of Kitsap County

Hospice of Kitsap County will become part of MultiCare Health System as of Feb. 1, bringing together two organizations committed to providing care and comfort to patients.

Operating under the name of MultiCare Hospice, the two organizations will work to expand access to hospice resources in Kitsap County and the surrounding region. The transition is expected to be seamless for patients.

“We welcome Hospice of Kitsap County to the MultiCare family and look forward to growing these important services to meet the needs of this area,” said Bill Robertson, MultiCare President and CEO. “Taking care of our communities is a privilege for both organizations. Together, we will continue to provide the respect, care and comfort that our patients and their families need and deserve.”

Hospice of Kitsap County has nearly 50 employees and more than 60 volunteers. It is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified, Washington-state-licensed agency supported by the community through memorial gifts, donations, grants and annual fundraising events.

“Hospice of Kitsap County was looking for a partner whose mission and values aligned with ours and we found it in MultiCare,” said Suzanne Plemmons, MN, RN, President of the Board for Hospice of Kitsap County. “Their experience, expertise and commitment to community will support our patients and medical community.”

MultiCare operates Hospice and Home Health services throughout Pierce and South King counties. MultiCare currently provides adult and pediatric specialty services in Kitsap County.

Hospice of Kitsap County will become part of MultiCare’s integrated not-for-profit health care system, which includes Auburn Medical Center, Allenmore Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Tacoma General Hospital and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, along with numerous outpatient clinics and specialty centers. Patients at Hospice of Kitsap County will continue to receive expert care from its interdisciplinary team of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, health aides, spiritual counselors and volunteers.