RENTON, WA - October 2011 has been a “remarkable” month for Valley Medical Center. For the 10th consecutive year King County Public Hospital District No. 1 (dba Valley Medical Center) has earned a “no findings” audit report from the office of Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag.
State Auditor Sonntag sent a letter of congratulations to the Valley Medical Center (VMC) Board of Commissioners, noting that the accomplishment “reflects the dedication of the District’s Commissioners, management and staff to provide strong operational oversight, good internal controls and accurate financial reporting.” Additionally he noted that a critical factor to the District’s success is VMC’s management and staff who take a proactive approach and fully cooperate with the SAO throughout the audit process. Sonntag views the SAO’s relationship with VMC as “a model for other entities in our state.”
This recognition falls on the heels of a national award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for outstanding achievement in budgeting. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. No other west coast public hospital district has achieved this award.
Additionally this month, HealthGrades ranked Valley Medical Center #1 in Washington State and among the top 2 percent in the U.S. for Overall Orthopedic Services, Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery; and the prestigious healthcare publication, Modern Healthcare, announced that VMC has once again made their list of the top 100 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” in the nation. Valley is one of only a handful of companies that can boast they have been on this national list four out of four years, and is the only hospital and medical center from Washington to have ever made this list!
“It’s been an overwhelming month of incredible recognitions,’” said Rich Roodman, Valley Medical Center CEO. “We are humbled by the accolades, but we also feel so very proud and gratified that our hard work on so many levels is being recognized. Everyone at Valley – from the Board and Administrators to the cooks in the kitchen, physicians, nurses, patient services reps and housekeeping staff – everyone shares in these acknowledgments because we are a team and the honors are a direct result of everyone’s dedication.”