Sound Physicians beginning headquarters move to new downtown Tacoma location

A Tacoma-based physicians group that provides health-care providers to hospitals and nursing homes in 34 states has begun its move to its new headquarters downtown.

The health care company, founded in 2001, has leased space in the Umpqua Bank Building at 1498 Pacific Ave. for its new headquarters. Sound is now based in a former bank building at 1123 Pacific Ave.

Billy Watson, the health care company’s vice president of development, said some offices have already moved to quarters on the fifth floor of the Umpqua building while fourth floor quarters there are being renovated. Once that space is improved, the fifth floor will undergo an upgrade, he said.

About 150 workers are employed at Sound’s Tacoma headquarters. The company employs about 2,400 workers nationwide including 1,750 physicians. Those physicians provide care for patients in some 190 hospitals and 100 nursing homes throughout the country.

The move is expected to be complete by mid-summer.

Sound has signed an 11-year lease for the space.