Facility: Group Health Permanente is an established physician-owned-and-managed multispecialty group, emphasizing evidence-based medicine and striving to provide the highest quality care to a broad population. In partnership with Group Health Cooperative, we have created a distinctive health care model that combines an integrated, NCQA-and-JCAHO-accredited delivery system with professional medical management and health care financing. Founded in 1947, Group Health serves over 540,000 members in medical and specialty centers and hospitals (including a full service community hospital) in Washington State. A recognized health care innovator for over 50 years, Group Health also encompasses a nationally recognized research center and a charitable foundation.
Community: The Kitsap Peninsula is bounded on the east by Puget Sound, Seattle, and Tacoma, and on the west by the Olympic Mountains and Hood Canal—the gateway to Washington’s awe-inspiring coast. Winding roads cut through densely forested hills and travel along the low cliffs of the shoreline in an area that boasts unparalleled natural beauty and attractive smaller communities. Living in Kitsap means you enjoy natural beauty in your backyard, safe neighborhoods, and good schools—with the excitement of urban Seattle a mere boat ride away. Towns tend to be small, waterfront communities, proud of their local history and featuring numerous local businesses that highlight the very best the Northwest has to offer. Hiking, fishing, water sports, and other recreational adventures abound, many an hour or less away on the region’s many inlets and natural sounds, or in the nearby Cascade Mountains, San Juan Islands, Olympic National Park, on Washington’s spectacular coast, and on the slopes of magnificent Mount Rainier.
Bremerton Kitsap County’s largest city (with a population nearing 37,000), Bremerton offers affordable housing in a scenic environment, excellent schools, good medical facilities, and plenty of recreational opportunities—with 32 parks, attractive waterfront facilities, and world class golf at the nationally rated Gold Mountain Golf Course and nearby McCormick Woods. Bremerton’s historic downtown is a cluster of galleries, shops, museums, restaurants, and a thriving arts community including symphony, community theater, dance theater, and more. For those who prefer the attractions of the big city, Seattle is an hour away by ferry. Home to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton also hosts one of the nation’s oldest and largest Armed Forces Day parades.
Silverdale Situated at the heart of Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula, Silverdale is a small community, located just one hour and a half by boat from Seattle. The shopping nexus of the county, people come from all over to shop in Silverdale’s 200 retail establishments, ranging from convenient discount “superstores” to the quaint family-run shops and waterfront park of Silverdale’s “Old Town.” There is truly something for everyone here.
Port Orchard Nestled on the shores of quiet Sinclair Inlet, Port Orchard is the county seat and jewel of the South Kitsap area – and a great place to raise a family. Located a scant nine miles by water from Seattle, Port Orchard is a world away from the city in terms of lifestyle and pace. The downtown marina, featuring boardwalk, covered gazebo, and beach access, plays host to a variety of community activities and is considered by many boaters to be the best in Puget Sound. A block from the marina, downtown Port Orchard’s main street showcases numerous restaurants, antique shops, cafes and coffee shops, a Saturday farmers’ market, several small galleries – plus you can feast your eyes on an unparalleled panoramic view. A foot ferry (free on weekends and throughout the summer) connects Port Orchard to its nearby cousin, Bremerton, and from there to Seattle.<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: