A 58-bed inpatient hospital was opened April 24 by MultiCare at Covington Medical Center. The new medical center, which is just east of Kent, offers emergency services, urgent care, family practice, surgical facilities, and more. The expansion project started in 2014.

The facility has four stories, 48 adult medical-surgical beds — six that also accommodate pediatric patients, and a 10-bed family birth center with private rooms complete with bathtubs. The new facility is connected to the existing emergency department at Covington Medical Center. The hospital also includes three operating rooms, recovery areas, a surgical waiting room, an inpatient pharmacy, and an in-house lab.

The facility is named the Cecchettini Pavilion, after Diane Cecchettini, MultiCare’s first female CEO and a South Sound powerhouse. Cecchettini ended her tenure at MultiCare in 2014 and had planned the expansion during her time there.

“Diane’s vision and her leadership, and the steady, continual work that has been done here at Covington brought us to this moment today,” said Mark Smith, president and chief operating officer of MultiCare Auburn Medical Center and MultiCare Covington Medical Center.  “We want to recognize and thank her for her vision and her commitment over the years.”

Diane Cecchettini, RN, began her career at MultiCare in 1989, and a decade later became CEO and president of the organization. While at MultiCare, Cecchettini supervised the organization’s growth to include Puyallup’s Good Samaritan Hospital and Auburn Medical Center. Cecchettini also spearheaded major improvements to hospital facilities including new emergency departments at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, and helped re-establish trauma services in Tacoma.