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A Brief History


The first "Kirkland" hospital was in 1914 with a capacity of 24 patients. In the late 1940s a new facility was opened. This was located across the street from the Kirkland Public Library, on the property now occupied by the new Heathman Hotel.

In the 1968 following years of need, discussion, and design, citizens of the Kirkland, Bothell, and Redmond area formed King County Public Hospital District #2 to build a new hospital to replace the old Kirkland Hospital. The present hospital was opened in March 1972. ACEP had been formed only 3 years earlier, and there were then only a couple residencies in Emergency Medicine in the country. Dr. David Asmussen, later an OB-Gyn here at Evergreen until 2004, was the first Medical Director of the new ED. Dr. Mark Swanson was among the first full-time physicians who served in the new 4 bed unit, working 24-hour shifts and sometimes seeing less than 15 patients per shift.

In 1978, the group exceeded 12,000 patient visits per year. At the same time, the ED expanded to six beds.

In 1985, the department underwent a major expansion to 11 beds.

Dr. Charles Pilcher, an emergency physician here since 1973, oversaw much of this growth as Medical Director of the Emergency Department from 1978-2003. Among his many career accomplishments, Dr. Pilcher also help found the very successful hospitalist program at Evergreen.

In 2007, Evergreen's new Emergency Department opened with 28 acute-care rooms, 4 trauma rooms, 10 rapid-assessment beds, 3 triage areas, and a large, comfortable waiting room.

In 2013, EES assumed provider management of the Redmond Urgent Care. Soon after, EES managed the providers at the Woodinville Urgent Care in 2014.

In 2015, Valley General Monroe cemented its alliance with EvergreenHealth, sharing a commitment to enhancing care and service for east Snohomish County residents. Dedicated to alignment with EvergreenHealth, EES acquired management of the providers in the now EvergreenHealth Monroe Emergency Department.

In 2017, EES expanding our provider management to EvergreenHealth's newly opened urgent care in Mill Creek.

Throughout this period, physician and advanced practice practitioner (APP) staffing increased accordingly. There were only 5 physicians needed in 1972. Because of the quality of our care, our geography and population characteristics here, we have been able to recruit the best and brightest providers. After weighing the pros and cons of incorporation for 20 years, we finally became Evergreen Emergency Services (EES), Inc. in 2001. This has added to our ability to attract and maintain our team.

Today, we have 50 Board Certified physicians and 13 APPs, serving in 3 Emergency Departments and 3 Urgent Cares with 100,000+ ED and UC patient encounters a year . We are the busiest level 3 trauma center in Washington State.