smiling grandparents, parents and two children posed for photo in front of playground
smiling grandparents, parents and two children posed for photo in front of playground

Who We Are

Verdant is the program of Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County, and our Board of Commissioners and employees make up the team who administer the grants, classes, and services available with Verdant’s support. The voter-elected Board of Commissioners includes 5 members who govern the organization, and the staff includes 8 full-time and 3 part-time employees who run the operations.

Staff & Board

Our Mission

To improve the health and well-being of our whole community.

Our Vision

To be a sustaining public resource improving the health and well-being of South Snohomish County, collaboratively and creatively working to meet the needs of our whole community.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

We stand with our whole community in working to achieve inclusive, equitable health opportunities regardless of culture, income, gender, ability, immigration status, or native language.

Land & Enslaved People’s Acknowledgment –

Public Hospital District #2, Snohomish County (the Verdant Health Commission), acknowledges the original Indigenous inhabitants of this area. We recognize that we live and work on the ancestral homelands and traditional territories of Indigenous peoples who have been here since time immemorial. We honor their sacred spiritual connection with the land and water of our District.

We also recognize that many enslaved and contracted peoples were forced to dedicate their work to the construction of what is now South Snohomish County and the surrounding area. For these peoples and their descendants, we recognize their indelible mark in the space in which we will gather for this work.

Finally, in recognizing that this land is colonized Indigenous territory that has been designated through slaves and hired labor, it is our collective responsibility to critically interrogate the stories and later lives of these events, and to honor, protect and sustain this land.

What We Do

Investing in our community’s health through grantmaking and community education programs is at the root of our work. Funding nearly $12 million in grants in 2021, we strategically invest in programs that address the underlying causes of poor health. With 50,000 people served by our grants and 3,000 people participating in our education programs and services in 2020 alone, we are engaged in work that makes it easier for our residents to achieve the quality health they deserve.

Strategic Priorities

As an organization, we have prioritized supporting our residents’ health needs using innovative approaches that focus on prevention, education, advocacy, and empowerment. The strategic priority areas established by our Board of Commissioners are:

  • Access to Healthcare: Residents are able to access affordable, safe medical and dental care when needed.
  • Behavioral Health: Residents can get mental health and substance use services in accessible, community-based settings as needed.
  • Housing: Residents are housed in safe, affordable housing and are given opportunity to maintain cost-effective housing that allows them to allocate an appropriate portion of their income to needs including food, medical care, and childcare.
  • Food Security: Residents do not go hungry and have access to nutritious foods to support their health and needs.
  • Childhood Obesity: Youth and families in our community have access to information, education, services, and food to support healthy lifestyles.
  • Other Education & Prevention: Residents can access supportive services addressing the Social Determinants of Health broadly and/or emerging needs.
  • Supporting Seniors: Older adults in our community age safely and respectfully in a healthy environment and with necessary social and medical supports.

Who We Serve

The residents in our public hospital district service area total approximately 190,000 individuals in the communities of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway, and portions of Bothell and unincorporated Snohomish County. According to the 2019 American Community Survey data for the Edmonds School District, which closely matches our service area, the residents’ race makeup is:

And age data includes:

Swedish hospital front entrance glass wall with white columns
Swedish hospital front entrance glass wall with white columns

Our History

Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County formed in 1962. We operated what was then called Stevens Hospital until 2010, when we entered into a long-term lease agreement with Swedish Health Services. At that time, our Board of Commissioners created the Verdant Health Commission to invest in community health programs that support our residents. From 2011 through 2020, this investment totaled more than $49 million.

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