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February 26, 2014

Franciscan Medical Pavilion Opens in Auburn

Same day appointments for primary care available

Auburn, WA - 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. This state-of-the-art facility will include family medicine, cardiology, vascular surgery, general surgery, digital x-ray, a retail pharmacy and on-site lab.

“The mission of Franciscan Health System is to build healthier communities, “said Peter O’Conner, PhD, chief operating officer of Franciscan Medical Group. “Expanding into the Auburn community allows us to provide our patients with convenience by combining a number of our services in South King County into one location.”

“This new medical pavilion really brings high quality care and services close to home for our patients in King County,” said Tony McLean, president of St. Francis Hospital. “We will be offering same day appointments at our primary care clinic because we know our patients have busy lives and we want to make seeing a Franciscan family doctor as easy as possible.”

Franciscan will be the anchor tenant and lease 21,000 square feet of the 38,000 square feet pavilion. The property was developed by Latitude Development. Architects were Jon Graves Architects and Planners, PLLC and Collins-Woerman. The project contractors were Donovan Brothers, Inc. and Aldrich and Associates. The pavilion is located at 205 10th Street NE in Auburn.

Services at the new pavilion include the Franciscan Medical Clinic offering same day appointments to see a family medicine physician. Franciscan Vascular Associates specializes in vascular disease and vascular surgery. Franciscan Heart and Vascular Associates specialize in cardiology, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. Franciscan Surgical Associates offers general surgery with a focus on colon and rectal surgery. Other medical specialties will rotate through the pavilion based on patient needs. Franciscan Pharmacy will offer prescription medications in addition to a variety of over-the-counter medications and durable medical equipment. On-site laboratory services will also be available.

The following Franciscan providers will be relocating to the new medical pavilion:

Family Medicine
Franciscan Medical Clinic – Nawang Sherpa, MD

Franciscan Heart and Vascular – Venkatesh Kandallu, MD
Robert Middleton, MD
Daniel Wuthrich, MD
Kevin Zhou, MD

Vascular Surgery
Franciscan Vascular Associates – to be announced

General Surgery
Franciscan Surgical Associates – James Yamashita, MD

The Franciscan Medical Pavilion – Auburn is designed as a “patient destination center” which offers shorter wait times, maximum comfort and a streamlined workflow. This allows medical staff and physicians to spend more quality time with patients. With service delivery as the primary focus, Franciscan leveraged the 3P Lean process to design highly efficient workflows and patient flows. A group of more than 25 Franciscan staff, physicians, and administration, were involved in the design process. The goal was to create a Lean and collaborative design that functions efficiently and creates a consistent patient experience. See more about the our medical pavilions at

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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