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MultiCare acquires 12th hospital, adding 2,700 staff

Tacoma, Wash.-based MultiCare Health System on Jan. 17 completed the acquisition of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and its associated clinics.

The transaction increases MultiCare's footprint to 12 acute-care hospitals and welcomes another 2,700 employees to the health system. The hospital will now be known as MultiCare Yakima Memorial Hospital.

In the coming years, MultiCare will invest more than $100 million to install a new EHR, improve the facilities, and expand and return certain services to the community.

MultiCare CEO Bill Robertson said the system will immediately look to "expand access to care and recruit new doctors and other healthcare professionals to the area."

Tammy Buyok, a current MultiCare executive, will serve as interim president while a search for a permanent leader is conducted.

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