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Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis Welcomes MultiCare to Downtown

AUBURN, Wash. – May 4, 2012 – Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis is welcoming MultiCare Health Systems to its downtown with their announcement yesterday that the non-profit health care provider will purchase hospital and clinics of Auburn Regional Medical Center that is now owned by Universal Health Services, Inc. Auburn Regional Medical Center is the first hospital for MultiCare in King County.

“Auburn is pleased to welcome a long time committed partner as the owner of our regional hospital as we work together for the future of our city,” said Mayor Lewis.

Universal Health Services said it expects to receive $98 million for the 861-employee Auburn hospital. The Auburn hospital opened originally in 1921. The sale is expected to close late this summer after regulatory approval.

MultiCare already operates clinics in King County and recently opened a new emergency department in Covington. The health services company plans to build a hospital at the same site in Covington in the near future. MultiCare owns Tacoma General, Allenmore and Good Samaritan hospitals in Tacoma and Puyallup and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center in Tacoma as well a large network of clinics throughout the South Sound. MultiCare has more than 9,000 employees on its payroll.

“We are very excited to welcome Auburn Regional Medical Center into the MultiCare system,” said Diane Cecchettini, RN, President and CEO of MultiCare. “With the opening of the new Covington Emergency Department earlier in April, the ARMC purchase and the planned hospital in Covington, MultiCare is significantly strengthening the commitment we made to residents of South King County almost 20 years ago when we opened the Covington Clinic.”

For more information, contact Media Relations Manager Marce Edwards at 253-403-1716.

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