But why should a respected, independent and successful organization like The Everett Clinic, with 318,000 patients, need to seek a larger parent?
Because, explained Everett Clinic Chief Executive Rick Cooper in a meeting with The Herald Editorial Board, the clinic has to continue the growth it has started in recent years to remain financially healthy, and that growth requires capital that a company such as DaVita can provide. Had it kept to the status quo, Cooper said, costs soon would have exceeded revenues.
The purchase by DaVita allows The Everett Clinic to invest in the community, ensure a high standard for quality of care, combat the increase in health care costs as it moves from the fee-for-service model to treatment based on outcomes, and continue its plans for growth, Cooper said. The clinic recently signed a lease to open a facility in Shoreline and also hopes to open clinics in Fremont, Ballard, Kirkland and Bellevue.
DaVita Chief Operating Officer, Joe Mello also contributed:
The DNA of DaVita and The Everett Clinic are well aligned, said DaVita Chief Operating Officer Joe Mello, also present at the board meeting. Both are committed to “delivery of an exception level of quality of care,” Mello said.
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