Partnership for Health Innovation

Pacific Lutheran University is home to a new health education and care district in Parkland, Washington, powered by PLU, MultiCare, and Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. This collaborative partnership will work to address health care inequities and provider shortages in Pierce County and beyond.
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Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine logo

Partnership Priorities

The Partnership

Launch Initiative

Central Pierce County Stats

Lacks health care access, resulting in high emergency department usage.

Expecting 6% community growth over the next five years, especially among the 65+ age group.

Projected demand surge: 11% acute care, 5% emergency, and 20% outpatient cases over the next decade.*

* Data obtained from the 2020 Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS) baseline report.

The Partners

Committed to health education and care in Pierce County and Washington State
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This partnership between PLU, MultiCare, and the WSU College of Medicine is going to be a game-changer for our local health care, not only for the Parkland-Spanaway community, but for all of Pierce County. Together, we will develop innovative programs and resources that will positively impact the health and well-being of this community. That impact will be achieved through providing quality health services and through the education and training of future health care leaders.

– Allan Belton, President, Pacific Lutheran University
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MultiCare is committed to ensuring the communities we serve have access to a wide range of health care options, now and for the years to come. We’re pleased to join Pacific Lutheran University and Washington State University’s College of Medicine in developing a health care innovation center in Central Pierce County that will expand access to educational opportunities in our region. We are also pleased to partner in the development of a multi-specialty clinic on the PLU campus that will provide additional training opportunities and serve the residents in Parkland-Spanaway and the surrounding areas.

– Bill Robertson, CEO, MultiCare
Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine logo

We are deeply committed to expanding medical education and health care access in communities across Washington. For the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, a critical component of this is seeking community partnerships that are innovative, collaborative, and mission-aligned. The partnership with PLU and MultiCare, organizations that embody a shared vision of equitable health care for Washington, meets all these criteria. Launching this new initiative will allow us to change the health care ecosystem and take an important step toward helping Pierce County residents access the equitable health care they need.

– Dr. Jim Record, Dean, WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
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Future Work Together

Medical Center Launch Initiative

Build the MultiCare Medical Center at Pacific Lutheran University.

Increase Clinical Settings

Provide more rotations in clinical settings to give PLU and WSU students increased exposure to health care environments and enhance their learning opportunities.

Increase Access

Increase access to graduate medical education for WSU residents to encourage them to complete their training in Pierce County. Host WSU graduate residents on PLU’s campus in the future.

Expand Opportunities

Expand opportunities for WSU medical students on the PLU campus, including creating a model comparable to WSU’s Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett campuses.

Support Blue Zones

Continue to support the Blue Zones Project Parkland-Spanaway in implementing health-improvement strategies with and for the community to transform the well-being of all community members.

Center Community Engagement

Listen and center community engagement. The partners understand that community input and engagement are key to ensuring that the partnership achieves the greatest possible impact. Community members will play a vital role in identifying opportunities for additional plans and programs.