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Lincoln Hospital District No. 3 was formed in 1961 by a grassroots movement of the local community to establish a hospital district in Davenport. The group not only wanted to bring local healthcare to Lincoln County, but provide a nursing home and jobs to boost the economy. Over the past 40 years, Lincoln Hospital expanded to include three medical clinics, assisted living, long term and transitional care. It has grown tremendously in terms of number of staff and availability of services. Starting with a staff of 50 under administrator Paul Kembel, Lincoln Hospital now employs nearly 300 people and is under the management of administrator Tyson Lacy.




  • Acute Care Wing opens.



  • Lincoln Hospital Foundation forms. The foundation has raised over $500,000 for the long-term Endowment fund and another $300,000 for special improvement projects. A complete list of projects is listed on the Foundation page.



  • Long Term Care/Nursing Home Wing opens.



  • Reardan Clinic opens with Susan Eastman, ARNP, at the helm.
  • Long Term Care adopts Eden Alternative program to offer residents independence and fulfillment through involvement in their own community and care plan by seeking to rid the nursing home of loneliness, helplessness and boredom.


  • The hospital district establishes North Basin Medical Clinics and opens medical clinics in Wilbur and Davenport, managing all physicians practicing in the district who are employed by Lincoln Hospital.


  • Lincoln Hospital earns Critical Access Hospital Designation through the state and federal government. This gives hospital full cost-based compensation for Medicaid and Medicare patients.


  • Lincoln Hospital forms Critical Access Hospital Network to share support services, ideas and expertise throughout the state. This program is nationally recognized and earns many grants for innovative quality ideas.
  • North Basin Medical Clinics earns Rural Health Clinic designation through state and federal government. This gives clinics full compensation for Medicaid and Medicare patients.
  • The Wilbur Clinic moves to a new hospital-district-owned, expanded location at 214 SW Main Street.


  • Lincoln Hospital spearheads the development and expansion of the Rural Health Quality Network (RHQN). This group of hospitals works together to improve quality through peer review in rural hospitals. The network now includes 38 rural hospital members. The RHQN is once again nationally recognized and is a model for healthcare quality improvement programs throughout the U.S.


  • Lincoln Hospital partners with Sacred Heart Medical Center and Northwest MedStar Critical Care Transport to bring the ground breaking Level One Cardiac Partnership to Lincoln County. It is the first such program in the state and is soon being implemented throughout rural Washington.
  • Lincoln Hospital establishes electronic medical records in Acute Care.


  • The Reardan Clinic is relocated to a new district-owned modular facility on the east side of Reardan. The new facility expands patient comfort and gives room for future upgrades and additions.


  • Lincoln Hospital and its partners are awarded the prestigious Qualis Health Award for Excellence in Healthcare Quality.
  • Lincoln Hospital is asked by the Washington State Department of Health to pattern a stroke program after the award-winning Level One Cardiac Partnership. FAST Stroke is born and expands throughout the state.
  • North Basin Medical Clinics establishes electronic medical records in all three clinics.


  • Lincoln Hospital is awarded a National Demonstration Grant from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services to pilot a diabetes outreach program. Healthy for Life Diabetes Management is formed to help people in Lincoln County manage their diabetes through medical diligence, exercise and weight loss.
  • In response to regional needs, Lincoln Hospital opens a Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Unit.



  • Lincoln Hospital and North Basin Medical Clinics launch the Care Coordination program. Initially, the program started for patients to manage chronic diseases. The program has now expanded to meet the care needs of all patients and ensure complete healthcare from specialists in conjunction with their primary care provider.
  • Lincoln Hospital welcomes Hawkeye – the robot that allows specialists and hospitalists to beam into the hospital from any location in the world.


  • After nearly 50 years of service, Lincoln Hospital closes the nursing home due to viability. Its impact is felt throughout the community.


  • Lincoln Hospital District No. 3 celebrates 50 years of service to our community! The hospital opened its doors in 1963 after a grassroots effort to get quality healthcare in Lincoln County.
  • Providence Telemedicine becomes a vital partner in Lincoln Hospital's telemedicine program.


  • After over 26 years of service to Lincoln Hospital District #3, administrator and CEO, Tom Martin, retires. The Board of Commissioners hires Tyson Lacy to take his place.


  • Lincoln Hospital remodels the laboratory, expanding the size and efficiency, with support from the Lincoln Hospital Foundation and their donors.
  • The Lincoln Pain Clinic opens at Lincoln Hospital. The clinic is spearheaded by anesthesiologist and pain specialist, Steve Beckstrom, and helps patient manage pain without medication.


  • Lincoln Hospital and Clinics started participating in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). An ACO is a group of doctors and other health care providers who voluntarily work together with Medicare to give you high quality service and care at the right time in the right setting.
  • Orthopedic services are now provided at the Davenport Clinic and Lincoln Hospital with Dr. James Dunlap.  

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