Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services. With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle. Our mission is to raise the long-term health status of our community by providing personalized, quality care with compassion, dignity, and respect. Northwest Hospital is a community of caring health professionals, valued and recognized for promoting wellness through early detection and prevention, minimally invasive interventions, and innovative clinical practices. In the late 1940s, Seattle was desperately short on hospital beds. Seven of the eight general hospitals in Seattle at the time were concentrated downtown. North End residents worried that, in a major emergency, the bridges linking the north and south ends of the city could be destroyed, leaving it virtually impossible for them to reach one of these facilities. Worse yet, an atomic attack, which was greatly feared at that time, could destroy all the hospitals in one blow since they were all close to one another. At the recommendation of state health planners and the Atomic Energy Commission, plans were made to build new hospitals in the suburbs, including Seattle’s booming North End, where people were settling in increasing numbers. After years of intensive fundraising, the new hospital opened in 1960, and almost immediately began to expand. Highlights of Northwest Hospital’s history include: Northwest Hospital & Medical Center has undertaken a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) as required by federal law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and IRS section 501(r)(3) direct tax exempt hospitals to conduct a community health needs assessment and develop an Implementation Strategy every three years. The Community Health Needs Assessment is a primary tool used by Northwest Hospital to determine its community benefit plan, which outlines how it will give back to the community in the form of health care and other community services to address unmet community health needs. This assessment incorporates components of primary data collection and secondary data analysis that focus on the health and social needs of the service area.