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March 10, 2014

Franciscan Health System Honored for Supporting United Way of Pierce County

Tacoma, WA - 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.

At the event, Dianna Kielian, senior vice president of mission and Kathy Schmidt, program manager for volunteer community integration were singled out for their overwhelming dedication of time and resources to the United Way of Pierce County.

“Franciscan employees have been wonderful supporters of United Way, many for more than 15 years,” said Dona Ponepinto, chief executive officer of United Way of Pierce County. “It is amazing to realize that these dedicated supporters have contributed more than $500,000 to United Way.”

“The United Way of Pierce County perfectly aligns with our mission to create healthier communities,” said Dianna Kielian. “Franciscan Health System is very proud to partner with United Way in tackling our community’s toughest challenges.”

Since 1998, Franciscan employees have contributed $1.2 million in support of United Way of Pierce County’s efforts.

Franciscan Health System includes St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; Highline Medical Center, Burien; Harrison Medical Center and Harrison HealthPartners, Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas; Franciscan Hospice House, University Place; Franciscan Medical Group clinics and providers, Pierce, King and Kitsap counties; and the Franciscan Foundation. Franciscan is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo. –based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 87 hospitals; 24 critical access facilities and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2013, CHI provided more than $762 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.

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