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December 7, 2016
CHI Franciscan Health Moves Forward With Plans to Expand St. Anthony Hospital
$15.6 million expansion will increase hospital’s capacity to meet health care needs of Gig Harbor residents
Gig Harbor, Washington - CHI Franciscan Health, a leading health care provider in the Pacific Northwest, is moving forward with its commitment to provide more services to Gig Harbor area residents. On Nov. 29, 2016, Washington State Department of Health issued a Certificate of Need (CON) to CHI Franciscan Health, which clears the way to expand St. Anthony Hospital.
“Expanding St. Anthony Hospital will increase access to CHI Franciscan’s premier health care services, allowing us to serve even more residents throughout West Pierce and Kitsap counties,” said Ketul J. Patel, chief executive officer of CHI Franciscan Health. “We are committed to meeting the needs of our communities and providing greater access to high quality care where our patients and families need it most.”
CHI Franciscan initiated the CON request in June 2016 in order to meet the growing health care needs of Gig Harbor residents. The 25,000 square foot, $15.6 million expansion across the fifth floor of St. Anthony will increase the hospital’s capacity by 40 percent. The expansion will accommodate an additional 32 beds for a total of 112 hospital beds for patient care.
Since its opening in 2009, St. Anthony has experienced steady growth in hospital admissions. This expansion will provide relief for the continuous high occupancy rate at St. Anthony, increase patient satisfaction and reduce patient emergency room wait time. The additional capacity will also reduce patient transfers to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma during times when St. Anthony’s hospital beds are full.
“Understanding how integral our capacity is to providing community members with greater access to CHI Franciscan Health’s premier health care services, we are pleased to announce the approval of the expansion of St. Anthony Hospital,” said David Schultz, market president for the peninsula region of CHI Franciscan Health. “We are confident that expanding the fifth floor will help us continue providing exceptional, safe and efficient health care services for all of our patients.”
“St. Anthony Hospital is a vital part of our community and allows our residents to have access to high quality medical care close to home,” said Jill Guernsey, mayor of Gig Harbor. “We know there is a need for more beds at St. Anthony and are very pleased the state has approved this Certificate of Need.”
“Building out St. Anthony will allow us to afford better care for our patients in the greater Gig Harbor community, with room to accommodate more patients with increased access to local services,” said Lance Bear, MD, chief of surgery at St. Anthony Hospital.
CHI Franciscan expects to start caring for patients on the fifth floor of St. Anthony in early 2018.
It is anticipated that Gig Harbor and surrounding communities will experience a 3 percent growth in population in the coming years. St. Anthony’s expansion will also help support the growth of the 65 and older population in Pierce County, which tends to be the highest users of medical services and require the longest lengths of stay in a hospital.
The expansion of St. Anthony Hospital comes at a transformative time for CHI Franciscan, which is pioneering the way health care is delivered through its leading systems of care covering more than 8,000 square miles and more than 2 million residents of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to building a fifth floor at St. Anthony, CHI Franciscan recently announced its planned $540 million development of a state-of-the-art hospital in Silverdale, as well as several innovative physician alignment relationships such as that with The Doctors Clinic in Kitsap County that grew it’s aligned and employed physician ranks to more than 1,100 physicians and providers in the region. In summer 2016, it also launched its new partnership venture with CityMD, the leading urgent care provider in the New York metro area, and opened the first urgent care center of its kind in Seattle, and most recently centers in Kent and Federal Way, with many more planned throughout King and Pierce counties.
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