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February 2019 Newsletter

March 5, 2019


South Sound Proud represents the emotional and intellectual energy that enlivens the spirit of our region. In the South Sound we work together to proclaim our confident authenticity as individuals and as a community. We combine our individual assets and leverage our collective talents to make the South Sound a great place to live and work.

Here are just a few ways South Sound Together members are working together to help make the South Sound even better.

Partnership for High Caliber Sports Experiences and Medical Care

MultiCare announced a long-term commitment to professional sports in the region with ongoing sponsorship of the Tacoma Rainiers (Minor League baseball team), as well as new sponsorships for the newly rebranded Tacoma Defiance (the reserve team of Seattle Sounders FC) and the Reign FC(professional women’s soccer team).

The cornerstone of the partnership will be a MultiCare-operated 60,000 square-foot, best-in-class medical facility that will be attached to the brand-new Cheney Stadium, providing a range of medical services for the teams and the public.

“This is a special day for Tacoma, and speaks to what’s possible with great partners, and we should be proud of that,” said Tacoma Rainiers President Aaron Artman. “We are proud to reveal the Tacoma Defiance brand, and are grateful for the leadership and support that MultiCare has brought to the stadium project and the Rainiers, Defiance and Reign FC.”

An Alliance to Support Behavioral Health

The Alliance for South Sound Health is a joint entity forged between our region’s two largest nonprofit health systems, CHI Franciscan Health and MultiCare Health System. The two organizations teamed up to help alleviate the critical shortage of behavioral health inpatient care in Pierce County. Together, the Tacoma-based companies will open and operate a dedicated Behavioral Health Hospital at 19th Street and South Union Avenue this spring. Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital is a freestanding, two-story hospital with 120 inpatient beds that will provide voluntary and involuntary admissions and focus on general adult psychiatric care, crisis stabilization and outpatient services.

We’d love to hear from you about other South Sound collaborations. Email us with your stories!

Community Building: A Virtuous Circle

This past month The News Tribune received the 2019 Corporate Gold Star Award, presented by the University of Washington Tacoma. The award recognizes one organization whose support during the year and over time has had a significant impact on the institution and its students.

When he accepted the award on behalf of The News Tribune, former publisher David Zeeck mentioned the ‘virtuous circle’ created by supporting the University. “When people go to UWT they tend to stay here,“ he noted. “So, we’ve increased the human capital hundreds of times over.”

The News Tribune has supported the University prior to its existence, covering the effort to locate a campus in downtown Tacoma. And has continued that support since the campus opened in 1990 by contributing to the Founders Endowment, the School of Engineering & Technology and student scholarships, and by sponsoring many university events, such as the grand opening of the campus and the Milgard Business Leadership Awards.

Zeeck, who founded South Sound Together, will continue to work with the group over the next few months as the new publisher, Rebecca Poynter, transitions into the role.

Watch a video UWT created to honor The News Tribune and David Zeeck’s contributions to our community

Member Spotlight

Tacoma Public Schools – In partnership with parents and community, Tacoma Public Schools provides comprehensive educational experiences that help students contribute to a changing and diverse world. The District is the third largest in Washington State, serving over 30,000 students in preschool through grade 12, and one of the largest employers in Tacoma, with more than 5,000 employees.

Rainier Connect – In 1912 Pete Christensen won a small Eatonville telephone company in a game of Pinochle. It was the start of a family owned business that now offers high-speed internet, cable television, and telephone services to more than 21,000 customers in the South Sound.

2019 South Sound Together Partners

South Sound Together is a partnership of local businesses, educational institutions and organizations whose goal is to showcase South Sound as a great place to live, work and play.