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June 6, 2014

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

Lakewood - 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. The event, “Within These Walls: A Celebration of Prayer and Hope” allows members of the Lakewood community to come together and leave words of inspiration to comfort those who seek solace in solemnity of the chapel.

“St. Clare Hospital is a community hospital,” said Kathy Bressler, President of St. Clare Hospital. “Our chapel is a place of healing for our patients, their families and our staff regardless of their faith. We want the community to feel that they are always welcome to use our chapel and feel that St. Clare is their hospital.”

The renovation of the St. Clare chapel will expand the chapel’s space by an additional 400 square feet and will unify the chapel with the courtyard. There will be seating for 18 people in the new space. Additional features include a textured ash ceiling, a full height glass wall that spans the length of the east wall and a new garden that will change with the seasons.

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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