News and Information

June 26, 2014

Inpatient Hospice Services now Offered at Harrison Medical Center

Service will be provided by Franciscan Hospice

Bremerton - Franciscan Hospice is now partnering with Harrison Medical Center Palliative Care to provide inpatient hospice care to Harrison’s most fragile patients. Together we will provide a continuation of care for those patients who may desire end-of-life comfort measures or already have them in place without the risk of undue suffering caused by transporting them to other facilities.

Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care, the largest hospice and palliative care provider in the state, began offering a full range of end-of-life services to Kitsap County families in 2009. Franciscan’s hospice program has experienced steady growth over the last several years and now provides in home hospice care to approximately 60 patients per day. The affiliation of Harrison Medical Center and Franciscan Health System provided an opportunity to align hospice and palliative care services between the two health care providers.

Our partnership combines decades of hospice and palliative care expertise to offer comforting care to our patients in a hospital setting. Harrison Medical Center and Franciscan Hospice will continue to coordinate care with other providers in the county. Patients and families in Kitsap County will continue to have choices when it comes to hospice care.

Franciscan Hospice has offices at the Harrison Support Services building on Wheaton Way in Bremerton. For information call 360-744-5618, or visit, www.harrisonmedical.org/hospice.

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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