Providence Healthcare and Inland Northwest Health Services are strengthening their partnership and creating more opportunities for health care expansion in the region.
INHS announced Thursday they are aligning more closely with Providence and hope to expand their services to other areas with Providence hospitals.
"This is just a great opportunity for us to continue to demonstrate the strong relationship," INHS CEO Tom Fritz said.
In the past, Providence and Empire Health Foundation served as members of INHS and helped establish strategies and policies for the group. On Thursday that changed as Empire Health Foundation, a non-profit grant-making foundation, stepped down from that role, leaving Providence the sole member of INHS.
This will enable the two groups to work together to grow services to hospitals around the region.
"It will give us greater opportunities to expand in other regions and do business where other Providence facilities are, so that has great opportunity for us to expand our workforce and create new jobs and revenue for Spokane," Fritz said.