8 health systems form climate alliance in Washington


Eight major health systems in Washington are forming an alliance Dec. 7 to advocate for climate change policy and protect patient communities from health risks of climate change like heat waves, wildfire smoke, poor air quality and infectious diseases.

The health systems represent 40 hospitals and care for nearly 9 million people in Washington. The following systems compose the Washington Health Care Climate Alliance:

  • CHI Franciscan (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.)
  • MultiCare (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • Providence (Renton, Wash.)
  • Seattle Children's
  • Swedish Health Services (Seattle)
  • UW Medicine (Seattle)
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle)

The participating health systems have or are developing greenhouse gas reduction goals. They will also work in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm, which works in the healthcare sector to help industry organizations become more climate-aware.


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