Since November 2005, the Northwest Healthcare Response Network (the Network), including its predecessor healthcare coalitions, has focused on strengthening regional healthcare preparedness and response capabilities. Whether responding to a disease outbreak, mitigating the impacts of winter weather, or preparing for earthquakes, the Network has built the relationships, systems and plans to allow for quick and effective coordination.

In 2012, two healthcare coalitions serving the largest population centers in Washington State — King and Pierce counties — merged to form the Network. In January of 2014, The Network successfully transitioned from a program within Public Health- Seattle and King County to an independent 501(c)3 organization. The transition was guided by a comprehensive business plan, which was the foundation for the initial strategic framework, organization structure and membership model. Kitsap County joined the Network in 2017.

Today, the Network leads the largest and most comprehensive emergency management healthcare coalition in Washington.  Serving the medical epicenter in the state with the highest concentration of healthcare organizations, the Network has demonstrated substantial value locally and is recognized statewide and nationally as a leader among healthcare coalitions driving disaster preparedness and response.

As a nonprofit organization, we have:

  • Greater flexibility in our programming to meet the evolving needs of healthcare
  • Greater healthcare accountability
  • Opportunities to build new revenue streams, including foundation and corporate funding, and growth of financial support from membership organizations
  • Continued access to federal funding sources
  • Streamlined processes for managing staff, finances and operations
  • Lowered administrative costs, resulting in more efficient use of funding