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November 21, 2016
Highline Medical Center Receives Community Health Leadership Award
Washington State Hospital Association recognized Highline Health Connections program
Burien, Washington - The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) awarded Highline Medical Center, a part of CHI Franciscan Health, a 2016 Silver Community Health Leadership award for the Highline Health Connections program. Highline Health Connections is a groundbreaking program that identifies individuals who are seeking primary care through the emergency room. The program provides a holistic assessment and care management approach to patients who have chronic and disabling health conditions, may be low-income or require assistance with health literacy.
“The Health Connections program is helping us deliver on our promise to improve health for the most vulnerable in our community,” said Tony McLean, market president for South King County. “We’re very proud of the difference it is making.”
Financial support for Highline Health Connections came from generous community donors raising more than $1 million dollars through the Highline Medical Center Foundation and a $1.2 million grant from Catholic Health Initiatives Mission & Ministries Fund.
In its first 18 months, Highline Health Connections has helped 172 patients and made significant reductions in hospital use including emergency department visits and hospital stays. Highline Medical Center has realized more than $1 million in savings through the coordination of care of these patients that are seeing significant improvements in their health with this holistic approach.
About CHI Franciscan Health
CHI Franciscan Health is a nonprofit health system based in Tacoma, Washington with a team of more than 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 2,201 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 2016, the organization provided $156 million in community benefit, including $9 million in charity care.
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