The origins of Central Washington Hospital date to the early 1900s with the establishment of Central Washington Deaconess Hospital and St. Anthony’s Hospital. The two organizations merged in 1974 to form Central Washington Health Services Association. The St. Anthony’s facility was renamed Rosewood Hospital in 1974 and the facilities combined their operations at the remodeled and expanded Rosewood Hospital site under the name Central Washington Hospital.
Dr. L.M. Mares, Dr. A.G. Haug and Dr. L.S. Smith founded the Wenatchee Valley Clinic in 1940. Their philosophy was that patients were best served when they had easy access to other specialists under the same roof.
In 2012, the two organizations began the process of affiliating, which was finalized in July 2013. Collectively known as Confluence Health, our affiliation allows us to offer a full range of inpatient and outpatient health care services and cutting edge technology.
Today Confluence Health still has the best interest of our patients at heart; we’re just larger and able to take care of more of them. In fact, with a full range of healthcare services and cutting-edge technology, we’ve got North Central Washington covered with a rural healthcare delivery system second to none.
Our founders recognized that a regional patient base was required to support specialty care in a rural environment, but even they didn’t envision a comprehensive healthcare delivery system encompassing a region of roughly 12,000 square miles. Today over 60 percent of our business comes from outside the greater Wenatchee area, and our specialists drive over 130,000 miles annually to provide outreach to clinics in North Central Washington communities.
Physician recruitment and retention have always been among our strengths. Our doctors were recruited not only because they bring knowledge from some of the nation’s best medical training programs, but because of their values. They came for the quality of life, the beauty of the land and professionalism that fosters the physician-patient relationship. This ability to recruit has paid off in steady growth, and today Confluence Health has over 300 practitioners.
Confluence Health is a strong believer in being a corporate good neighbor and is generous in its contributions to local community organizations—including matching employee and physician contributions to the United Way. Every year we offer free community flu shot clinics and provide over $2.5 million in charitable care.
At Confluence Health, our mission is to improve our patients’ health by providing safe, high-quality care in a compassionate and cost-effective manner.