RCCH HealthCare Partners, which owns and operates Capital Medical Center in Olympia, is entering a public-private partnership with UW Medicine.

The partnership will take the form of a limited liability company that will own and operate community hospitals or other healthcare entities in Washington, Alaska and Idaho. Tennessee-based RCCH will operate and manage these facilities, while UW Medicine will provide clinical and quality expertise.

The community hospitals will retain their unique identities and names but will be further branded as “A UW Medicine Community Health Partner.”

The two have an existing relationship, with Capital Medical Center a member of the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network. The UW Neighborhood Clinics operate an outpatient clinic in Olympia in collaboration with Capital Medical Center; Capital Medical Center will be the first hospital under the new partnership in 2018.

“RCCH has proven expertise in operating community hospitals,” said Dr. Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine.  “UW Medicine is partnering with RCCH through this public-private partnership to provide expertise in patient safety and quality improvement.  Helping hospitals throughout the region improve their quality and safety is part of UW Medicine's overall mission to improve the health of the public.”

“We are honored to join UW Medicine in this exciting new partnership,” said RCCH Chairman and CEO Marty Rash. “The healthcare landscape in our country is changing rapidly and we look forward to working with a world-class organization like UW Medicine to find the best ways to ensure that high quality care is available to people in communities throughout the region.”

“The success we have shared with UW Medicine in Olympia sets the stage for this new partnership,” he added. “We look forward to working together to serve hospitals and communities in Washington, Idaho, and Alaska.”