The State of Health Care in Thurston County


According to M Health Intelligence, 38 percent of patients received virtual care in 2022. Researchers found that 76 percent of patients who received virtual care would use it again. Over 5 million U.S. workers quit their jobs or their career field during the Great Resignation. Job burnout is taking a toll in the health care industry, especially nurses and physicians, according to reports cited by Health Leaders Media.

Over the last two years, behavioral health has been one of the biggest growth areas in the health care ecosystem, fueled by the pandemic but in many ways an ignored, overlooked, understaffed, and underfunded element of care delivery in the United States.

Are these trends true in Thurston County? This month, we sat down with three of the largest health care providers in our area: Providence Swedish South Puget Sound, Kaiser Permanente and MultiCare Capital Medical Center. We asked them to share what’s on their plate, what changes they see in their industry in the near future and we asked them about the most pressing community needs around health care.

Find each health care provider’s update here: 

Providence Swedish South Puget Sound

Kaiser Permanente

MultiCare Capital Medical Center

Dr. Angela J. Bowen Center for Health Education

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