Our Approach

The Research Center is on the cutting edge in the conduct of clinical trials within a community-based hospital. The center's mission is to help develop improved therapies that benefit patient care, through pharmaceutical and device-related research. The Research Center is dedicated to meeting all of your research needs. Based at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and also serving Harrison and Highline Medical Centers and St. Anthony, St. Clare, St. Elizabeth and St. Francis Hospitals, the center facilitates clinical research studies in all CHI Franciscan Health facilities.

The Research Center maintains the highest ethical standards. In partnership with our investigators, we strive to provide benefits to our patients through research while rapidly providing sponsors with accurate, high-quality data.

We focus on the high quality and successful execution of a limited number of trials, in an effort to build strong relationships with quality sponsors. With the help of legal advisors, we have developed standard operating procedures to ensure that we perform careful, high quality research that easily meets all regulatory guidelines from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and all other GCP (good clinical practice) guidelines.

Research staff

We believe that high-quality work requires high-quality staff. Our research staff, chosen with an eye to professional diversity and solid experience, includes research coordinators, pharmacists, regulatory affairs and financial specialists, and research assistants. Each research coordinator has specific training and experience in the clinical trial industry.

Therapeutic areas

The Research Center has experience conducting research in the following therapeutic areas:

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Immunology
  • Infectious disease
  • Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Nephrology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pulmonary diseases
  • Rheumatology
  • Urology
  • Vascular surgery

For more information regarding CHI Franciscan research

Please call 253-426-6882 or email deborahwatkins@chifranciscan.org.