Group Health Facts and Numbers

July 2016

Group Health, a consumer-governed, nonprofit health system in Washington state and North Idaho, brings together care, coverage, research, and philanthropy to serve its members and create healthier communities.

Profile at a Glance

We offer health plans and health care via our own clinics, care providers, and contracted provider networks. Our research and philanthropy endeavors support care innovation and community health.

Membership: Around 630,000
Service areas: All or parts of 20 counties in Washington state and two counties in North Idaho
Patients cared for at Group Health Medical Centers: 315,000
Group Health Research Institute: 300 ongoing research studies; 389 published research articles in 2015
Group Health Foundation:  $15.3 million endowment

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Our Clinics and Care

We serve more than 344,000 members in the Puget Sound region and Spokane at our clinics. Locations include primary care, lab, and pharmacy services. Many clinics also offer specialty care and radiology.

Primary care clinics: 25 locations in 17 cities
24/7 Urgent Care Centers:  Bellevue, Capitol Hill Campus in Seattle, and Tacoma locations
Outpatient surgery centers:  Bellevue, Capitol Hill Campus in Seattle, Olympia, and Tacoma locations
Physician group: Group Health Physicians with 367 primary care providers including pediatricians; 585 specialty physicians in more than 60 specialties and subspecialties; 93percent board certified
Other services: Eye care; mental health; hearing centers; speech, language and learning centers; and occupational health

Patient Care Beyond the Office in 2015

Phone visits: 144,490
E-mail exchanges: 2,128,022
Calls to Consulting Nurse Service: 353,942
Virtual consults: 30,872

Our Health Plans

Group Health and its subsidiary health carrier — Group Health Options, Inc. — offer performance-based plans with a range of provider networks, and access to a high-performing medical group.

Plan types: HMO, POS, PPO, HSA, Medicare Supplement, and Medicare Advantage.
Networks: Provider network choices — from 9,000 providers in Washington state, to any provider with in the United States.* Preferred access to high-performing Group Health Medical Centers.

Major employers with Group Health:
The Boeing Company
City of Seattle
City of Spokane
Comcast Corporation
Fred Hutch & SCCA
Hanford Employee Welfare Trust
King County
Microsoft Corporation
Pierce County
Providence Health System
Puget Sound Energy, Inc.
Puyallup Tribe
SEIU Local 775
Swedish Health Services

Group Health membership:
Commercial groups (large and small): 54 percent
Washington state employees: 14 percent
Medicare Advantage members: 14 percent
Individual and Family members: 10 percent
Federal employees: 8 percent

Impacting the State and Beyond

Jobs, thought leadership, research, innovation. In these ways, we contribute to local economies and the evolution of health care.

  • 20th largest employer in Washington state**
  • Executives and medical leaders serve on national and regional boards
  • Research that contributes to innovations in care, including medical home, shared decision-making, and opioid prescribing standards

Local and National Kudos

Awards and accolades are one way we've received recognition for delivering high-quality, patient-centered care that's built on evidence-based clinical standards.

AGMA Acclaim Award Recipients: The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) awarded Group Health Physicians (GHP) its Acclaim Award in 2010 for physician-led innovations that have transformed care at Group Health Medical Centers. GHP is one of only 13 recipients in the country that has received this recognition.

Greatest number of "above regional average" ratings in the Washington Health Alliance's 2015 Community Checkup, for the eighth year.***

Our docs are "tops:" Group Health providers have again been honored with "top doc" ratings in regional magazine listings for 2015 including Seattle, Seattle Metropolitan, and Spokane-Coeur D'Alene Living, and the "Renton Report's" Best of Renton 2015. This makes more than 700 mentions since 2008.

Community Outreach

Giving back to the community is part of our social mission. We do this through education of health professionals, research, wellness programs, and providing care and coverage for low income populations.

  • Care and coverage for low-income populations: $33,881,100
  • Education for health professionals: $10,135,700
  • Research at Group Health Research Institute: $45,380,000
  • Community building and health initiatives: $506,800
  • Community health services with support from Group Health Foundation: $5,817,300

*OIC Provider Network Form A
**Puget Sound Business Journal 2015 Book of Lists
***The Washington Health Alliance Community Checkup 2015

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