About ESH

The Facility

  • ESH is a 317 bed inpatient psychiatric hospital and is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - CMS.
  • Eastern State Hospital is a partner with individuals, families, advocates, community healthcare providers, regional support networks, employee organizations, educational organizations, and local and state government systems.
  • The hospital provides evaluation and inpatient treatment for individuals with serious or long-term mental illness that have been referred to the hospital through the Behavioral Health Organization, the civil court system - where individuals  have received a civil court order for involuntary treatment - (RCW 71.05) or through the criminal justice system - (RCW 10.77).

Accreditation / Certification

Accredited by the Joint Commission.
Certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - CMS

Established in 1891 in Medical Lake, a small community 20 miles southwest of Spokane

State of Washington: Governor Jay Inslee
Department of Social & Health Services Secretary: Cheryl Strange
Eastern State Hospital Chief Executive Officer: Mark Kettner


Service Area
Eastern Washington -- 20 counties

Bed rate
$812.00  per day

Hospital Capacity

Adult Psychiatric Unit 91 beds
Forensic Services Unit 125 beds
Geropsychiatric Unit 101 beds
Total 287 beds

Total number of admissions
623 patients per year

Total number of discharges
615 patients per year

Total number of FTE's
846 patients per year

Clinical staff

  • Psychiatrists/Physicians/Physician Assistants
  • Audiologist/Speech Pathologist
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists/Registered Nurses/Licensed Practical Nurses/Psychiatric Security
  • Nurses/Mental Health Technicians/Psychiatric Security Attendants
  • Laboratory Technologists
  • Dentist/Dental Hygienist/Dental Assistant
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapists
  • Recreation Specialists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Clinical Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Chaplain

Major treatment components

Psychosocial Rehabilitation - Recovery Model
Psychotropic medications
Group/Individual therapy
Drug & Alcohol Education

The Administration

Mark Kettner, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Ronda Kenney, Chief Operating Officer