Quote from lindarn
i live in spokane, washington, which is on the other side of the state, by idaho. there are many hospitals on the western side of the state. in seattle, there is university of washington, harbor view, swedish medical center, virgina mason, the list goes on. in tacoma, south of seattle, (which is where ft lewis is), there is st, joseph medical center, and others that i cannot remember the names of. the traffic in the seattle area is horrendous. i would google hospitals in western washington, and see what you come up with.
it is very expensive to live in seattle, and tacoma probably is a close second. i am not sure about olympia (it is south of tacoma), but it probably is also pricey. there are suburbs around seattle, and i think that they are a litttle cheaper than seattle. if you wanted to have a commuter marriage, spokane, is alot cheaper that the west coast (spokane is 300 miles east of seattle). the pay is alot less here, as well.
i hope that this helped. e mail me if you want. we are an air force family.
lindarn, rn, bsn, ccrn
thanks for the reply. however, i'm looking for input from those within a 30-60 mile radius of tacoma [ft lewis].
so far, several have been helpful from the military forum [special thanks to deb, a.k.a. smilingblueyes
, mikel, and anc_maj], as well as contacts from other internet sites. i was hoping to generate more info from this thread, too. i've learned the following exist in regards to proximity to ft lewis;
west and south
olympia, lacey, tumwater, yelm, tenino, shelton,
lakewood, tacoma, gig harbor,
puyallup, fife, federal way, auburn, enumclaw,
st. peters, capital medical center
st joseph's medical center, tacoma general, mary bridge children's hospital, american lake veterans administration hospital, allenmore medical center
good samaritan (level 3 trauma center)
specifically, i'm looking for feedback from those that live, and/or work in the above listed places. tia!