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October 24, 2014

CHI Franciscan Health Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Virtual Urgent Care

Tacoma-based CHI Franciscan Health is celebrating the one-year anniversary of Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care, a healthcare service that allows patients in Franciscan’s service area to receive care 24/7 via phone, webcam, smartphone, tablet or PC.

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October 16, 2014

David Schultz Named New President for Harrison Medical Center

CHI Franciscan Health announced today that David Schultz has been named the new president for Harrison Medical Center. Schultz has been serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Overlake Medical Center, a 349-bed hospital located in Bellevue, WA. He will start on December 15.

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October 14, 2014

St. Clare Hospital Donates Funds for New Tyee Park Elementary Playground Equipment

Tyee Park Elementary students are enjoying a new play structure thanks to donations from St. Clare Hospital employees.

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October 5, 2014

CHI Franciscan Health Celebrates 34 Years of Midwifery

For 34 years, Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) has been an integral part of CHI Franciscan Health Women’s and Children’s services.

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September 19, 2014

Harrison Medical Center Offers Discount to Regence Members

Harrison Medical Center, a part of CHI Franciscan Health, is offering Regence BlueShield of Washington members a discount program to help cover increased cost they may experience now that Harrison is considered “out-of-network”.

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September 11, 2014

St. Elizabeth Hospital Again Recognized as ‘Most Wired’; Achieves Meaningful Use Stage Two

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw has been awarded ‘Health Care’s Most Wired’ for 2014 by Hospitals & Health Networks.

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September 3, 2014

Franciscan Health System to be Renamed CHI Franciscan Health

Franciscan Health System has a new name and logo – it’s now called CHI Franciscan Health, a change that is part of a system-wide branding strategy by parent organization Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems.

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August 29, 2014

Franciscan Health System Awarded $182,000 for Community Mental Health Initiative

Franciscan Health System has received a 3-year, $182,000 grant to implement the Community Building Mental Health initiative in partnership with the Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation.

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August 22, 2014

Regence BlueShield Update

We are disappointed to share with you that after negotiating in good faith for several months Harrison has been unable to reach an agreement with Regence BlueShield.

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August 21, 2014

CHI Franciscan Health Receives Funding from the National Cancer Institute’s New Community Oncology Research Program

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded five-year grants to research groups across the country, including CHI Franciscan Health, to conduct multi-site cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery research studies in their communities.

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August 21, 2014

Clinical Study Offers Hope to Emphysema Patients

For people living with severe emphysema, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD a new clinical study is currently underway at Franciscan Health System that may provide them better lung function through a new therapy that’s designed to improve the lung’s ability to expand more fully.

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August 1, 2014

Franciscan Health System Awarded $467,000 Grant for Youth Violence Prevention Initiative

Franciscan Health System (FHS) has been awarded a $467,000 grant to support the Franciscan Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, a project that helps neighborhoods, schools, residents and organizations come together to create sustainable and effective youth violence prevention activities in the health care system’s South King County and Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula service areas.

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July 29, 2014

Franciscan Nurse Recognized as Outstanding Alumni By University Of Washington Tacoma

The University Of Washington Tacoma School Of Nursing honored Julie Peerboom, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) with their 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award.

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July 18, 2014

St. Joseph Medical Center Named Blue Distinction® Center for Cardiac Care

St. Joseph Medical Center, part of the Franciscan Health System, has received the Blue Distinction® Center for Cardiac Care from Premera Blue Cross.

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July 15, 2014

St. Elizabeth Hospital Awards Scholarships

St. Elizabeth Hospital Awards Scholarships

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June 27, 2014

Confirmed Cases of Measles Reported in South King and Pierce Counties

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received confirmation yesterday of Pierce County’s first case of measles in at least six years involving an infant.

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June 26, 2014

Inpatient Hospice Services now Offered at Harrison Medical Center

Franciscan Hospice is now partnering with Harrison Medical Center Palliative Care to provide inpatient hospice care to Harrison’s most fragile patients.

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June 26, 2014

Joe Kortum Appointed Interim President, Harrison Medical Center

Harrison Medical Center Board Chair, Jim Civilla, announced today that Joe Kortum has been appointed Interim President of Harrison Medical Center, part of Franciscan Health System.

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June 6, 2014

Congratulations, Dr. Nelson!

South Sound moms think Dr. Karen Nelson is pretty fantastic. And we agree.

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June 6, 2014

Local Clergy and Hospital Staff Offer Messages of Hope for New Chapel

Thirteen Franciscan Sisters, Lakewood religious leaders and staff of St. Clare Hospital joined together to inscribe messages of hope on the unfinished interior walls of the new chapel at St. Clare on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

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May 23, 2014

Harrison Medical Center to Consider Single Hospital Campus

Harrison Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Bosch announced today that the medical center’s Board of Directors is further exploring consolidating acute hospital care at its campus in Silverdale.

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May 6, 2014

St. Clare Hospital to Display New Works by Student Photographers

Eleven students from Lakes High School in Lakewood will have their photography showcased as part of an exhibit at St. Clare Hospital entitled “Contributing Toward Creating a Healthy Community”.

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May 5, 2014

May is National Stroke Awareness Month!

May is National Stroke Awareness Month! Did you know that stroke is the #4 cause of death and leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.?

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April 23, 2014

St. Joseph Medical Center is Open to Serve You Today and Every Day

As our nurses, doctors and staff at St. Joseph Medical Center go about caring for patients, we’re also negotiating a labor contract with the Service Employees International Union.

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April 15, 2014

St. Clare Hospital President Named Board President of Komen Puget Sound

Kathy Bressler, president of St. Clare Hospital, which is part of the Franciscan Health System, has been named president of the board of directors of the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

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April 11, 2014

Vote for the South Sound’s Cutest Baby

So, you think you have the cutest baby photo? Find out by participating in Franciscan Health System’s baby photo contest.

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April 9, 2014

Local Physician Provides Free Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosis in the U.S. affecting both men and women. It is also one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer and it still affect thousands of people every year.

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April 8, 2014

Harrison Medical Center President and CEO Scott Bosch to Retire

Harrison Medical Center Chairman of the Board, Jim Civilla, announced today that Scott Bosch, president and chief executive officer, will retire from his post at the end of July. Bosch has served in his role for nearly a decade.

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April 1, 2014

St. Anthony Hospital Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, part of the Franciscan Health System, will celebrate its five-year anniversary on March 17, 2014. The hospital opened on March 17, 2009 as the first and only hospital to serve the city of nearly 8,000 residents. St. Anthony also provides medical services for residents of the Key Peninsula, South Kitsap County and North Mason County.

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March 28, 2014

Notice to our Patients Regarding “Phishing” Scam

Franciscan Medical Group (FMG) is committed to protecting the security and confidentiality of our patients’ personal information. Regrettably, this notice is about an incident involving some of that information.

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March 10, 2014

Franciscan Health System Honored for Supporting United Way of Pierce County

For more than 30 years, Franciscan Health System has been a supporter of the United Way of Pierce County. They recently honored nearly 30 Franciscan employees who have been giving to the United Way for seven years or more at a breakfast in February.

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February 26, 2014

Franciscan Medical Pavilion Opens in Auburn

In an effort to bring medical services closer to home for residents of Eastern King County, Franciscan Health System is opening the Franciscan Medical Pavilion - Auburn on February 27, 2014.

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February 26, 2014

Franciscan Health System CEO Joseph Wilczek Announces Retirement

Chief Executive Officer of Franciscan Health System and Senior Vice President for divisional operations of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Joe Wilczek announced plans to retire effective January 12, 2015.

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February 24, 2014

The Carol Milgard Breast Center Celebrates Five Years of Saving Lives Through Early Detection

Five years ago this month, in an unprecedented move, three leading health care organizations in the South Puget Sound joined forces to open the community’s first breast imaging center – the Carol Milgard Breast Center.

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February 19, 2014

St. Joseph Medical Center Recertified as Primary Stroke Center

St. Joseph Medical Center, part of the Franciscan Health System, became the first hospital in Pierce County to be designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, a national accrediting organization, in 2009.

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February 18, 2014

St. Francis Hospital Debuts New Robotic Stapler

St. Francis Hospital, part of the Franciscan Health System, has introduced the EndoWrist™ Stapler as the newest device available on the da Vinci® surgical system.

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January 24, 2014

Rand Strobel Named Regional Chief Information Officer

Rand Strobel is the new Regional Chief Information Officer for Catholic Health Initiatives Region Five which includes Franciscan Health System. He began his new role on January 21, 2014.

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January 13, 2014

Appointment of Frank Senecal, MD, as Medical Director, Oncology Service Line

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Frank Senecal, MD, FACP, MBA, as medical director for Franciscan’s Oncology Service Line, effective January 1, 2014.

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