MultiCare names new president 

MultiCare Health System has named Mark Robinson the new president of MultiCare Tacoma General and MultiCare Allenmore hospitals. 

Robinson has more than 20 years of health care experience and will be responsible for the overall strategy and performance of the two hospitals. In addition, he will lead the hospitals’ clinical and administrative leadership teams and work closely with the regional and foundation boards to strengthen community partnerships and support.

“Mark has a proven record of expanding access to health care services and working with communities to deliver the highest levels of quality health care to each and every patient,” said Florence Chang, MultiCare president.

Robinson began his career as an administrative resident at HCA Healthcare’s Trident Medical Center in South Carolina. He then served as CEO or COO of five HCA hospitals in Utah, Florida and South Carolina. His latest role was regional chief operating officer for the western region of Steward Health Care, which includes five hospitals in Utah and four in Arizona. 

An Atlanta native, Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and an MBA and MHA from Georgia State University. He and his wife Emily have two children.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the teams at Allenmore and Tacoma General as we work together to provide vital health and healing in our communities,” Robinson said. “As the pandemic continues, it underlines how important our work in health care is.”

In his new position, Robinson will oversee both Tacoma General and Allenmore hospitals. Tacoma General has 437 beds, 24-hour emergency services, a Level II adult trauma center, 16 operating rooms, a 25-bed coronary care unit and several intensive care units by specialty. Allenmore Hospital has 130 beds, eight surgery suites, an adult intensive care unit and 24-hour emergency services.


Pacific Medical Opens Lacey Clinic

As part of its effort to better serve patients along the Interstate 5 corridor, Pacific Medical Centers, or PacMed, has opened a new clinic in Lacey. In a partnership with Providence Medical Group, the Lacey clinic is located in more than 30,000 square feet of renovated space. It is the 11th facility for PacMed in the Puget Sound region and the 11th primary care facility for Providence in southwest Washington.

The new clinic offers the following services:

  • Immediate care (open 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends)
  • Primary care (including pediatrics and OB/GYN services)
  • Laboratory and diagnostic imaging
  • Diabetes and nutrition services
  • Physical therapy
  • Palliative care

The new Lacey clinic also provides greater access to health care for the 9,500 active-duty and retired military families living in Thurston County, through the U.S. Family Health Plan. As the only provider of USFHP on the West Coast, PacMed offers the region’s active-duty family members and retired military personnel with a civilian option to health care at no added cost, improving both access to health care and the overall quality experience.

The headshealth-beauty of both PacMed and Providence spoke highly of the partnership between their two health care organizations. Medrice Coluccio, regional chief executive of Providence Southwest Washington, noted the value of expanding its primary care base to “help build healthier communities, together.”

Likewise, PacMed CEO Linda Marzano had this to say: “We are excited to join Providence to increase access to exceptional care in the Lacey ommunity. Through our proven model of care, we create excellent outcomes for patients to support them in living their best and healthiest lives. This is something both our organizations value and see as our duty to the communities we serve.”

To schedule an appointment for primary care:

Pacific Medical opens in Lakewood to serve military beneficiaries

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When it comes to health insurance, military beneficiaries living in the Puget Sound area of Washington State have an advantage over military families in other parts of the country: they can enroll in US Family Health Plan. US Family Health Plan (USFHP) is a special TRICARE program offered only in six US regions  from Maine, to New York, Pennsylvania and Southeast Texas. Under USFHP, retired military families and the family members of active duty personnel have their TRICARE Prime insurance coverage managed and their health care delivered by not-for-profit, civilian health care providers in the local community.

In our region, US Family Health Plan is operated by Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed). PacMed is a private, not-for-profit, multi-specialty healthcare network with 150 primary and specialty care providers across ten locations in the region.

Since its inception, US Family Health Plan has served as a health plan of choice for military families, primarily through PacMed’s community-based outpatient clinics. PacMed’s practice of providing same-day appointments was one of the most significant contributors to high member satisfaction. The opening of a new PacMed clinic in Lakewood promises to be a gain to military families and members of the local community who will be able to get healthcare when and where they need it. The new PacMed clinic will improve access to health care in Lakewood and ease the demand created by the Affordable Care Act.

To learn more about USFHP, military families can call 1-866-418-7346 or visit PacMed also accepts most insurance plans. To learn more about the new clinic, call 253-588-2243.

The new PacMed Lakewood clinic opened on May 2, 2016. The new address is 7424 Bridgeport Way W, Suite 201, Lakewood, WA 98499.  By John Ellis