South Snohomish County Commission for Health becomes Verdant Health Commission

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    While the focus of Public Hospital District No. 2 — promoting health and wellness in Snohomish County — has not changed, its name has. Meet the Verdant Health Commission.

    Why Verdant Health? According to a news release issued Tuesday by the commission: “Verdant typically means lush and green. While verdant is most often used to describe nature and the outdoors, it also applies to our community’s health and well-being. Our community is living, thriving and growing, and Verdant Health is here to support that effort by building a foundation for a healthier community.”

    “Verdant Health will continue to invest in our community through collaborative partnerships that bring unique services to the hospital district’s residents,” the release said. “To date, it has invested in community partnership programs totaling more than $1.5 million per year. Investments include programs to reduce childhood obesity, increase access to health care for low-income and uninsured residents, and improve the health of seniors. Verdant Health Commission is focused on supporting all of the hospital district’s residents through preventive means that empower and engage our citizens to lead healthy lifestyles.”

    Verdant Health Commission and Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County are governed by a Board of Commissioners. Communities served include Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway and portions of Bothell and unincorporated Snohomish County.

    For nearly 50 years, Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County and its commissioners governed and managed Stevens Hospital. When the commissioners reached an agreement with Swedish Health Services in September 2010 to operate Stevens (now Swedish/Edmonds), the commission shifted its focus to prevention and wellness, creating the South Snohomish County Commission for Health — now simply the Verdant Health Commission.

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