PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center serves the North Sound region of Washington, with Whatcom County being its primary service area. The Bellingham-based medical center is a non-profit tertiary care hospital providing comprehensive specialty care and centers of excellence in cardiovascular, cancer, spine and joint replacements. The hospital provides level II trauma services and is licensed for 255 beds with an average of over 60,000 emergency department visits per year. Bordered by British Columbia, Canada to the north, the Salish Sea and the San Juan islands to the west and Mount Baker and the Cascade Mountains to the east, Bellingham is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and has been listed in a number of "best places" to live rankings in several publications. It is also home to Western Washington University.