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Strategic alliance between UW Medicine, Valley Medical called into question

A legal puzzle has arisen between the Valley Medical Center Board of Commissioners and University of Washington Medicine.

The issue involves the strategic alliance agreement between Valley, which is formally known as Public Hospital District No. 1, and UW Medicine.

The board members approved on March 19 a resolution on a split vote authorizing board President Dr. Paul Joos and Vice President Anthony Hemstad to negotiate with UW Medicine “to revise the parties’ strategic alliance agreement in order to bring the agreement into conformity with applicable law and public policy.”

Voting for the resolution were Joos, Hemstad and Dr. Aaron Heide.Dissenting were commissioners Carolyn Parnell and Sue Bowman.

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