Grays Harbor Community Hospital is changing its name, effective Monday, folding in several clinics and medical specialty services that operate at various locations around the county under one name — Harbor Regional Health.
The name change has been considered for several years as the hospital has sought to advance its role as a regional medical provider with expanded services at the hospital and other locations.
The change applies to the hospital, Harbor Medical Group (which is a hospital subsidiary of several specialists) and all outpatient clinics. The hospital district said it provides 28 different services and specialties. Along with the hospital in Aberdeen, there are family medicine clinics in Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Montesano, orthopedics, OB/GYN, pediatrics, internal medicine, urology, cardiology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation services in Westport and Aberdeen, diagnostic imaging at the hospital and at the imaging center on Basich Boulevard near the hospital.
The hospital itself is licensed for 140 beds. It is a level-three trauma designated emergency department and includes a critical care unit, surgical services, substance use treatment and a birth center
The hospital and its subsidiaries fall under the purview of a public hospital district, Grays Harbor Hospital District 2. In a news release, the district said the elected commissioners want to emphasize the district’s role as a unified regional healthcare network. The hospital’s roots go back to 1945, and the hospital was established in 1959. As it has expanded, particularly in the last couple of decades, it’s resulted in facilities with different names and different brand identities.
A committee of employees, community members, doctors and board members began studying a name change and unified branding in 2017. In 2018, the process was put on hold and last year the board began discussing it again. Late in the year, the commission approved the plan.
“With this new brand identity, we want you to know that all 28 of our services and specialties, across seven locations are one system, with one mission, dedicated to the health of our community,” the hospital said in a statement. “… We hope you will support us in this effort, and know that as we emerge from the trials of the pandemic, that we arise a new, strong, unified organization, dedicated to serving your healthcare needs.”
Harbor Regional Health provides 28 health services and specialties to the region. The healthcare network offers out-patient services include family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, orthopedics, cardiology, OB/GYN, urology, gastroenterology, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation therapies, and hyperbaric wound healing center.