People in rural areas have limited access to health care. For residents of southern Pierce County, like Eatonville, Ashford and Elbe, accessing health care meant driving more than 20 miles away. Residents recognized the area was underserved and could be one of the worst affected in the event of a disaster on Mount Rainier. That’s when they contacted United Way of Pierce County. The UWPC Health Impact team brought together key partners from MultiCare/Good Samaritan and local leaders who later built a new health care facility. The new facility will serve more patients and provide x-ray and lab services, making accessing health care easier for those in outlying areas of Pierce County.
United Way of Pierce County convenes partners to make an impact on the most critical issues affecting our community, including access to healthcare.