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Non-profit organization
FounderSisters of St. Joseph of Peace
HeadquartersVancouver, Washington, USA
Area served
Western United States
Key people
Liz Dunne, President and CEO
ServicesHealth care

PeaceHealth is a non-profit health care organization that operates ten hospitals in the Western United States. Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, the organization was founded by the Catholic Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1976 and operates clinics and laboratories in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.


In 1890, nuns of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace moved to Fairhaven, Washington, from the convent in Newark, New Jersey, to establish a hospital for loggers.[1] The order continued to build hospitals and in 1936 opened their first one in Oregon, Pacific Christian Hospital in Eugene.[1] After continued growth, the Sisters formed a non-profit health care system in 1976, and in 1994 the name was changed to PeaceHealth.[1] In 1997, PeaceHealth merged its SelectCare health insurance plan with Providence Health & Services, which at the time PeaceHealth was based in Eugene.[2][3]

PeaceHealth merged with Southwest Washington Health System in December 2010, and moved its headquarters from Bellevue, Washington, to Vancouver, Washington.[4] At the time, PeaceHealth had annual revenues of approximately $1.3 billion and operated seven hospitals.[5] The organization announced an alliance with University of Washington Medical Center in May 2013,[6] which the American Civil Liberties Union criticized due to PeaceHealth following Catholic medical care directives.[7]


PeaceHealth operates ten hospitals in three states. In Alaska, it runs PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center in Ketchikan. In Oregon, PeaceHealth operates Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District (Eugene), Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend (Springfield), Peace Harbor Medical Center (Florence), and Cottage Grove Community Medical Center (Cottage Grove). In Washington, it owns Peacehealth Southwest Washington Medical Center (Vancouver), PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center (Longview), PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center (Bellingham), and PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center (Friday Harbor).

The organization's PeaceHealth Medical Group employs approximately 800 medical providers and operates medical clinics across all three states.


  1. ^ a b c "The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace: A Heritage of Healing and Compassionate Care". The PeaceHealth Story. PeaceHealth. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  2. ^ Brock, Kathy (January 19, 1997). "Providence Good Health Plan, SelectCare to merge". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  3. ^ Woodward, Steve (January 18, 1997). "Catholic health operation will merge". The Oregonian. p. B1.
  4. ^ Corvin, Aaron (December 8, 2010). "Southwest, PeaceHealth finalize merger". The Columbian. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  5. ^ Sickinger, Ted (March 20, 2010). "Health systems look to merge". The Oregonian.
  6. ^ Miller, Ben (May 21, 2013). "UW Medicine, PeaceHealth to form alliance". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  7. ^ Ostrom, Carol M. (May 20, 2013). "UW Medicine, Catholic health system to have 'strategic affiliation'". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 22 May 2013.