The Role of Public Hospital Districts

Public hospital districts are governmental entities established by Washington state statute. The legislature granted local communities the authority to create hospital districts in 1945. Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County, now doing business as the Verdant Health Commission, was established by the voters of our community in 1962, encompassing the cities of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway, and portions of Bothell and unincorporated Snohomish County.

Public hospital districts like Verdant fulfill a vital role in the state’s healthcare system. Without them, many people would be unable to receive healthcare in their own communities. Hospital districts are authorized not only to operate a hospital, as we did from 1964-2010 when we operated Stevens Hospital, but to deliver any service to help people stay healthy—physically, socially, and mentally. Owned and governed by local citizens, hospital districts are in a unique position to address the needs of their communities. As a result, we are community-based in our mission.

To learn more about the important role public hospital districts play in Washington state healthcare visit the Association of Washington Public Health Districts website.

Verdant Health Commission

The Verdant Health Commission was created in 2010 after the hospital district entered into a 30-year lease agreement with Swedish Health Services to manage our local community hospital.

Verdant strategically invests the funds received through leases and taxpayer levy dollars into grant programs that address the underlying causes of poor health in our community. Through grants and partnerships, we are engaged in work that will make it easier for our district residents to achieve the quality health they deserve. At our Verdant Community Wellness Center in Lynnwood, we also offer free or low-cost education and prevention classes virtually and in person.

About Us

Annual Report

Verdant’s impact report for 2020 highlights the organization’s financial investment in community health grants as well as the number of people served by grants and services.

Annual Report 2020

Board of Commissioners

The five members of the Board of Commissioners are elected by the voters in the hospital district and govern the Verdant Health Commission.

Staff & Board


The Board of Commissioners operate following the bylaws established.

Public Meetings & Reports

The public hospital district commissioner meetings are open to the community to engage with us and learn more about our work. In addition to viewing the meeting agendas and minutes, we also share reports, including our annual budget, financial audits, and state accountability audits.

Public Meetings & Reports

Purchasing & Public Works Projects

Verdant uses the roster maintained by MRSC to respond to small public works needs. MRSC Rosters is a service that provides a membership database used by Verdant and other participating Washington public agencies to contract with registered businesses about small public works construction projects, consulting opportunities, and contracting of goods or services. Interested vendors can visit the MRSC website and click on Business Membership.

Occasionally, we also issue targeted Requests for Proposals/Qualifications when seeking specific operational services.

Purchasing & RFPs

Public Records Request

To make a public records request, please complete the Public Records Request Form.