Hospitals naturally become integral to the fabric of a community. They serve as constant beacons of hope and help for their citizens, and catalysts for economic growth. It’s not often that a new one is opened, but when it happens, other community growth is sure to follow.
The July 2014 opening of Trios Southridge Hospital is no exception, the first new Tri-Cities hospital since 1952 when our original hospital began serving patients in downtown Kennewick. Our community waited a long time for the beautiful new facility at Southridge, its completion marking a culmination and a signal of more to come.
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The Southridge area is experiencing significant residential and commercial growth. Already in place are hospital, high school, sports complex, carousel, banking, dining, veterinary services, senior housing and more, with a hotel, additional restaurants and other offerings in the works.
In mid-2015, Trios Health will also open the seven-level Care Center at Southridge — connected to the hospital — and further consolidate some of our extensive network of physicians and services to improve patient access and convenience. And hundreds of new homes are emerging nearby. The neighborhood is bustling, and we’re excited to watch it continue to develop.
More doctors needed,
and more are coming
The projected national need for physicians is outpacing the ability to train and recruit them. In the Tri-Cities, we need plenty of doctors to choose from across a variety of specialties, and we need to focus on local recruitment and retention before the shortage occurs nationwide. This was a strong impetus for the launch of Trios Health’s medical residency programs in 2013, the first physician training programs in our community.
By training great new doctors locally, we increase our chances of retaining them after residency. Trios internal medicine and family medicine residents are routinely seeing patients, developing relationships with our staff and community that will remain should they stay with us after completing their programs.
We have also continued to recruit providers to our growing employed medical group, now more than 100 strong and one of the largest in eastern Washington. In the last six months of 2014, Trios Medical Group welcomed more than a dozen new providers across a range of specialties including anesthesiology, cardiology, family medicine, nephrology and women’s health.
We’re continuing to grow along with our community’s needs for convenient access to specialty care, as well as proactively to ensure we have plenty of provider choices for you down the road.
in health care
The national population is growing and aging, further pressing an industry already struggling to simultaneously meet regulatory requirements and demand growth, while still making ends meet. These and other factors are causing consolidation in the health care industry. Large systems are becoming larger, achieving growth through acquisitions — not always to the ultimate benefit of the consumer.
As the size gap widens between large corporate health systems and small community organizations, market power also shifts. For example, some larger players use the promise of their higher patient volumes to secure exclusivity with insurance companies in order to capture market share. While it benefits the involved parties, deals like this effectively limit consumer choices and remove an important driver of accountability — competition.
Put simply, a competitive market is good for everyone, most of all consumers. When it comes to something as important as health care, we need to continuously prioritize quality and value, putting people before profits.
How can we ensure access to quality, affordable medical services in the Tri-Cities amid all of the pressure and flux in health care? By deliberately preserving choices for our community’s residents when it comes to health care services. We’re lucky to have multiple health care options locally. It’s important that we keep it that way.
Trios Health will continue to be part of this and other important conversations, constantly working to provide more and advocate for the community that founded and continues to support us.