The public will get to tour new East County hospital on Friday


The much-anticipated new Summit Pacific Medical Center will be fully open Feb. 19, but the Mark Reed Hospital District has invited neighbors to take a sneak peek this Friday.

“We are so excited to be able to finally invite the community to view and tour their new medical center,” CEO Renee Jensen said in a press release. “This project has been several years in the making and to finally be able to open our doors and invite people to come in and celebrate the completion of this project and the future of healthcare for this community brings our team such joy.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m., with newly seated Congressman Derek Kilmer speaking, along with other community members. The Color Guard Team from Madigan Army Medical Center will present the flag.

At noon, guided tours of the new hospital begin, featuring activities and opportunities to learn about services to be offered.

The Red Cross Blood Mobile will be on site for donations from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Elma facility will replace Mark Reed Hospital in McCleary, although the district will continue to operate the Mark Reed Healthcare Clinic and Elma Family Medicine.

The hospital district received a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Loan in 2010, and broke ground on the medical center in the fall of 2011. The new facility is more than four times the size of Mark Reed Hospital, adding a third health clinic, a 10-bed Emergency Department, 10-bed In-Patient Wing, a full-service laboratory, an expanded Diagnostic Imaging Department with digital mammography, a CT scanner, a mobile MRI unit and an outpatient ultrasound machine.

It also features a full-service kitchen, conference and education rooms and a healing garden.

For more information about the ribbon cutting or open house tours, contact Lauren Day at 360-346-2222 or LaurenD@markreed.org.