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Medical debts erased for 17,000 former Deaconess, Valley patients

The debt relief comes from a settlement between the Empire Health Foundation and Community Health Systems, which owned the Spokane-area hospitals from 2008 to 2017. On average, those benefiting from the settlement will have roughly $2,800 in debt wiped from their credit reports.

Settlement erases $50 million in medical debt for thousands of former patients at Deaconess, Valley hospitals

Tennessee-based Community Health Systems will forgive up to $50 million in debt for people who received treatment at the Spokane-area hospitals between Nov. 1, 2008, and June 30, 2017, when the company owned the facilities. The settlement comes more than two years after the Empire Health Foundation sued CHS, alleging the company failed to provide levels of charity care – free or discounted treatment for low-income patients – that it had promised when buying the hospitals.

WATCH: Multicare Hosts 3rd Annual Bridge to Brunch 5K

Senior Director of Marketinging and Communications for Multicare, George Hampton, joins SWX's Joe McHale to talk Bridge to Brunch 5K on October 12th. Join the fun for waffles, mimosos and espresso shots for a good cause. For more information visit: https://www.multicare.org/bridge-to-brunch/

Valley Hospital celebrates 50 years of community care

The name and affiliation might have changed over the years, but MultiCare Valley Hospital celebrates its 50th anniversary this year as a community hospital focused on serving the residents in the neighborhoods of Spokane Valley.