Pacific Medical Centers
Our mission is to provide respectful, high-quality, patient-focused healthcare to each person and to the communities we serve.
Pacific Medical Centers has an amazing history! Our roots stretch back to a Marine Hospital serving 1930s Merchant Seamen; in 1951, PacMed™ became the first U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Hospital in the area. Our distinctive, orange Beacon Hill tower has been part of Seattle’s skyline since 1933.
Following our initial mission to care for seamen, our focus expanded to include military retirees, their dependents and active-duty family members; Native Americans; and low-income, uninsured people who could not afford to pay for care. In the 1970s, PacMed began treating numerous refugees as they arrived in our communities.
Today, we serve people in the greater Puget Sound area from every walk of life. Our unique focus has helped us forge strong bonds with those we serve. In fact, we credit our existence today to the massive community effort mounted in 1981 to save PacMed from closure. The result was a shift in control from the federal government to a local public development authority. In 2003, PacMed transitioned again to become a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
Today, PacMed is a nonprofit, multi-specialty medical group. In 2014, we formed a secular affiliation with Providence Health & Services and transitioned our hospital care to Swedish Medical Center. Together, we are committed to increasing patients’ access to care, reducing costs and improving our patients’ experience. We look forward to what our collaborative future holds.