History and Mission : In the mid 1960s, the move to the northeast King County suburbs was just beginning. But a group of concerned residents envisioned a time in the future when the area would need its own hospital. They proposed forming a public hospital district and raising the money to build that hospital with tax-supported bonds. The voters approved formation of King County Public Hospital District No. 2 in November 1967, and Evergreen General Hospital opened its doors on March 9, 1972. Today's sprawling Evergreen Hospital Medical Center bears little resemblance to the modest three-story building that opened in 1972. Over the years, the community's support has been key to Evergreen's development. Additional voter approved bonds completed the hospital's third floor and added a fourth, built a new emergency department and Medic One base, and developed the Evergreen Hospice Center. In 2004, voters showed their continued support by approving another bond to build an expanded Emergency Department and an inpatient facility to meet the growing need for health care services. But today's Evergreen Healthcare does more than just provide acute hospital care. Evergreen is active in the community with wellness initiatives designed to promote healthier lifestyles. Programs like Healthcare Access make sure the communitys under- and uninsured residents have access to affordable health care services. Evergreen also created the Evergreen Medical Group to guarantee family practice physicians would always be available to the community. What began with a handful of northeast King County residents back in the mid-60s has developed into the Eastsides most active full service health care provider and a true community asset.