Northwest NEWS

October 30, 2000

Front Page

What a vote for the annexation into the Evergreen Hospital District would bring to Duvall-area residents

by Dr. Gary Rutledge
   1. A community - owned, primary health care facility in Duvall, backed by Evergreen Healthcare and staffed by the Evergreen Medical Group. The Duvall facility would join others already in operation in Kirkland, Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore, Redmond and Sammamish.
   2. Evergreen Healthcare's long history of clinical excellence, with more than 675 physicians in more than 50 different specialties.
   Evergreen's Family Maternity Center is nationally recognized. Diagnostic imaging services provide consultation to doctors throughout the state of Washington. Also available will be Evergreen Hospice, 24-hour emergency and critical care, Medic One (for advanced life support transportation to Evergreen Hospital), the Head Injury Rehabilitation Center, Senior Health Services staffed by geriatricians, Home Health Services and community health outreach and education programs, reaching directly into our community and schools.
   3. The long history and expertise in their field that Evergreen Healthcare can provide, having been founded in 1968 and opening its doors in 1972, with other local clinics being added in the years since.
   Evergreen is a public hospital district, which also supports community - owned and based clinics, virtually eliminating the disaster created in so many of our communities when their privately - owned health care clinics had to close for business-related reasons.
   4. An elected board of commissioners, with the public guiding the actions of Evergreen Healthcare, providing residents of our community the ability to directly influence decisions about medical care in their own community.
   The price tag for all of this gain amounts to 39 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, which amounts to $6.58 per month for a $200,000 home or $78 per year. A small price to pay for a stable, local health care facility and support from all of the services of the Evergreen Hospital District.