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We are excited to share with you the $10 million Campaign for Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale, WA, and to request support for this beautiful new medical facility. The new, $500 million hospital currently under construction by CHI Franciscan will replace the aging Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, which can no longer meet the area’s increasing needs for modern healthcare.
The new Harrison Medical Center campus in Silverdale represents a vital investment in long-term community health and stability for nearly 400,000 residents living on the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas, including Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson, and Clallam counties.
Harrison Medical Center today
Harrison Medical Center has been a vital community resource since 1918. Over the last century, Harrison has evolved from a small community hospital into the Peninsula’s busiest medical center, comprising a service area of over 4,000 square miles which has allowed Harrison to expand into a regional system of care. We have campuses in Bremerton, Silverdale, Belfair, Port Orchard, Bainbridge Island, Sequim and Forks; and a growing network of over 30 Franciscan Medical Group physician clinics. This July welcomed our inaugural class of eight residents into the Northwest Family Medicine Residency Program. The program will train the next generation of physicians, addressing the growing need for primary care in the Puget Sound region.
Last year, Harrison provided over 80,000 emergency department visits, 55,900 inpatient days, 309,000 outpatient visits, and nearly 2,000 babies born. In addition, we provided three million in charity care and $34 million in community benefit and uncompensated care.
Need for a new hospital
The current Harrison Medical Center - Bremerton can no longer meet the growing community needs for quality healthcare because of the very limited space, outdated design, and the inevitable deterioration of the aging building. By centralizing services to the Silverdale campus and eliminating expensive infrastructure duplication, we are able to redirect our resources to delivering great care to our patients and encouraging better health in our community.
The current Bremerton hospital is woefully out of date, functionally obsolete and does not provide an optimal healing environment for patients and their families. Constructed in 1965, the building has had various additions between 1978 and 2002. Today, the “newest” inpatient rooms at Bremerton are 32 years old; 60 percent of those rooms are only semiprivate. The old-fashioned, functional design and years of renovations resulted in narrow hallways, difficult navigation, low in natural light, and crowded or absent public and waiting areas. Patients have to share rooms (currently 70% of Harrison Bremerton rooms are shared), lacking space and amenities for families and visitors. Shared patient rooms impair healing for several reasons — extra noise and activity hinders good rest, there is less privacy for discussing treatment and recovery with providers, and infectious disease can spread more easily.
The Silverdale campus will bring together all of Harrison’s advanced services, including oncology, cardiology and orthopedics. Centralizing these specialty services will improve how patients access, experience and move through care from prevention to intervention. The new inclusive facility will also make it easier to coordinate care between providers and promote collaboration for patients to receive the best and most-integrative care possible.
Harrison Medical Center Vision for tomorrow
Scheduled for completion in 2020, the new Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale will be a modern, patient- and family-centered facility with advanced technology and ample space to meet community needs into the future. This 33-acre campus, originally opened in 2000, provides ample space to plan for the health care needs of today … and tomorrow. Current planning has already included expansion zones and shell space in the campus design, making it possible to be flexible and responsive to future community need.
The central location of our Silverdale Acute Care Campus provides ease of access for patients now coming from a four-county region (Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson, and Clallam counties) — an improvement for 86% of our patients based on their address of origin. We know that a better patient experience equals better outcomes for our patients. This once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink how we care for patients, puts them at the very heart of that health care experience.
The new hospital embraces CHI Franciscan’s commitment to holistic healthcare — tending mind, body and spirit — by creating an exceptional healing environment for patients and families. This includes a lovely and restful healing garden, incorporation of the existing Clear Creek Trail, northwest art and photography by regional artists, a peaceful chapel for persons of all faiths, wonderful mountain and water views, spacious public areas, extensive use of natural light, comfortable and welcoming family lounge areas, and technology and design features to keep the hospital quiet and calming. Private patient rooms have foldout beds for guests, work desks, and plenty of space so families can be with their loved ones.
Additionally, green technology and features are central to Harrison’s design utilizing sustainable, locally sourced building materials, energy-efficient mechanical and lighting systems, 100% outside air, natural lighting, non-toxic paint, lower water usage systems, and EV car charging stations.
Starting fresh allows us to create a care-centric operational flow which results in more intuitive navigation for our patients and guests. Better operational flow also eliminates unnecessary clinical and operational hurdles for our providers, allowing them to stay focused on providing great care.
The essential services that will be provided include:
- 24-hour Emergency Services department with a Level III trauma center designation
- Family Birth Center with 10 Level two NICU beds
- Orthopedic Center
- Cancer Care
- Diabetes and Nutrition services
- Heart and Stroke Care
- Hospice and Palliative Care
- Respiratory Care
- Sleep Disorders
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Pharmacy and Lab services
The campus will also include a medical office building offering outpatient medical and specialty care, including a state-of-the-art cancer center with the most comprehensive array of cancer detection and treatment services in the Peninsula area.
We will create the most efficient and flexible health care delivery system in the region that will be the first choice and source of pride for our community, patients, providers and staff as a result of our commitment to quality and innovation. Two key features that will be bringing state-of-the-art care close to home are the Heart and Vascular Center and Cancer Care Center.
The new Heart and Vascular Center will bring together our award-winning cardiovascular team, along with leading edge technology for diagnostic, minimally invasive procedures, and cardiovascular surgery to support the full continuum of cardiovascular care — including actively managing rehabilitation and ongoing heart health.
A new addition to the Heart and Vascular services includes the Radial Lounge. The seven-bed lounge is the first of its kind in Washington state. Following a transradial cardiac intervention, patients can sit up, use the restroom, use their hands, eat and talk with their families in a comfortable and relaxing lounge setting, resulting in improved discharge and recovery times.
Harrison is nationally recognized for excellence in cancer care. We’re proud to be among the top cancer programs in the country accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, adhering to the highest standards of cancer patient care and outcomes.
The new comprehensive Cancer Center on the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas will bring together the leading edge in screening, diagnostic, and treatment services, combined with a full array of integrative and support services to treat mind, body and soul — expanding and enhancing our ability to provide the complete spectrum of cancer care, from prevention to survivorship. Receiving all your care in once centralized location close to home eliminates the need to travel long distances for cancer treatment which would otherwise deplete the energy and resources of patients and their families, who are already struggling with cancer. The center includes:
- Radiation Oncology Center with two Linear Accelerators and four exam rooms
- Infusion Center with 36 infusion bays (including four private)
- Oncology Clinic with 16 exam rooms plus four multi-disciplinary exam rooms
In addition, the new center will include an American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center. We will partner with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to offer our patients and the community a Cancer Resource Center where individuals can access ACS programs, brochures, wigs, head coverings, breast prosthetics and bras and other beneficial items and services.
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, Clallam 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. Founded in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan is one of the largest health systems in Washington state and is affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives. The system spans more than 1,100 acute care beds, a credentialed medical staff of more than 2,200 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.
Request to our community
We are pursuing the chance to engage our friends and neighbors in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help us bring improved patient care to our community. Your investment will have an impact on generations of residents throughout the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas.
The new hospital will be an enduring and vital resource to the communities it serves for many generations, providing top quality, holistic healthcare, close to home for thousands of Kitsap, Mason, Clallam, and Jefferson counties residents. We hope the new Harrison Medical Center will merit support.