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May 15, 2017
CHI Franciscan Health’s Harrison Medical Center Recruiting Residents for New Family Residency Medicine Program
CHI Franciscan Health, a premier health care provider in the Pacific Northwest, is pleased to announce that Harrison Medical Center is currently recruiting medical students for its new Family Residency Program, which will be based in Bremerton. The Family Medicine Residency Program is designed to train the next generation of physicians, addressing the urgent local and national shortage of primary care physicians. The result of the program will be the single largest collection of primary care physicians on the Peninsula.
“CHI-Franciscan Health Harrison Medical Center has committed to supporting a new Family Medicine Residency Program that will address the Peninsula’s physician shortage by training the physicians of tomorrow,” said Michael Watson, MD, Founding Program Director. “As population demographics of the region change, the Kitsap Peninsula’s health care needs are changing. Our Family Medicine Residency Program will meet that need by attracting and training talented, new physicians.”
Harrison Medical Center recently earned certification from the Accreditation Council for Graduation Medical Education (ACGME) to establish the Family Medicine Residency Program. The new program will address the region’s growing health care needs and primary care physician shortage. According to a January 2017 Kaiser Family Foundation study, only 45 percent of Washington State’s primary care needs are being met. Over the next decade, the Kitsap Peninsula will experience significant population growth, making the demand for physicians even more urgent. Studies show that approximately 60 percent of physicians practice medicine within 50 miles of their residency program. CHI-Franciscan Health Harrison Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency will recruit and retain new physicians to serve the needs of our region.
“As the health care landscape continues to evolve, CHI Franciscan and Harrison Medical Center are prepared to meet our region’s growing demands for primary care physicians and mental health services with our new Family Medicine Residency Program,” said Heidi Allred, MD, faculty member & Director of Medical Student Education. “The Family Medicine Residency Program is actively recruiting medical students to join our program that will attract the best and brightest to practice medicine right here in Washington state. We already have medical students from UW and Pacific Northwest Washington University rotating with us to see what great training our residency can provide.”
Harrison Medical Center will be partnering with community health leaders such as the Kitsap Department of Health, Kitsap Recovery Center, Peninsula Community Health Services, and Kitsap Mental Health Services to address the critical need for mental health services in the region such as substance abuse treatment. While Family Medicine Physicians will not take the place of trained psychiatrists, program residents will receive enhanced, longitudinal instruction in care of patients with mental illness and substance use disorders.
“Kitsap Mental Health Services looks forward to working with CHI Franciscan and Harrison Medical Center to address the shortage of mental health staffing in Washington State by preparing future physicians to provide care for patients with mild to moderate mental health and substance abuse treatment needs who are often first seen in primary care settings,” said Dr. Marvin Hoffert, KMHS Chief Medical Officer. “By partnering with the Family Medicine Residency Program, we can educate physicians about the importance of screening, early intervention, and behavioral health treatments that improve the health of individuals, support their families and further a healthy community.”
After earning accreditation as a teaching facility, Family Medicine Residency Program officials are building an experienced, well-respected group of faculty members who will train residents in women’s health, pediatric care, preventive medicine, geriatric care, sports medicine and a host of in-office medical procedures.
Family Medicine Residency Program leaders are currently focusing on recruiting a talented pool of residents. The three-year program will accommodate eight physicians-in-training per year. Interviews for eligibility begin in September of 2017 and residents start on-site orientation in June of 2018. The first class will graduate June 30th of 2021.
CHI Franciscan Health
CHI Franciscan Health is a nonprofit health system based in Tacoma, Washington with $2.6 billion in net revenue and a team of nearly 12,000 doctors, nurses and staff that provide expert, compassionate medical care at eight acute care hospitals and approximately 200 primary and specialty care clinics in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties. This includes St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton and Silverdale; Highline Medical Center, Burien; and Regional Hospital, Burien. Started in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan Health is one of the largest health systems in Washington state. The system spans more than 1,100 acute care beds, a credentialed medical staff of more than 1,500 including more than 800 employed physicians providing specialties in cardiovascular care, cancer care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences and women’s care. CHI Franciscan’s mission focuses on creating healthier communities, including caring for the poor and underserved. In 2015, the organization provided $141 million in community benefit, including $10 million in charity care.