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History of Harrison
Harrison Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with origins dating back to the flu epidemic of 1918. Today, it is the region’s busiest medical center, with five campuses—Bremerton, Silverdale, Port Orchard, Bainbridge Island and Belfair—serving Kitsap, north Mason, Jefferson and Clallam counties.
Harrison Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of services, such as: cardiology, including open-heart surgery; orthopedics; oncology; women & children and pediatrics; urgent care; imaging services; laser, laparoscopic, and retinal surgery; sleep services; and rehabilitation.
Harrison provides emergency services at Bremerton and Silverdale, and urgent care services at Port Orchard, Bainbridge Island and Belfair, treating more than 90,000 patients annually. We are a Level III Trauma Center and one of the busiest emergency departments in the region. Patient wait times in our emergency departments are among the lowest in the state, and our patient satisfaction scores are among the highest.
More than 17,000 patients are admitted to Harrison each year, and more than 2,100 babies are born annually at our Women's & Children's Center. Nearly 13,000 surgeries are performed each year at Harrison facilities.
May—Harrison breaks ground on a three-story Orthopaedic Hospital on the Silverdale campus. The $25 million facility, which will be built in two phases, will include 24 private patient rooms, four operating rooms, and shelled-in space on the third floor for a second-phase expansion.
May—Harrison launches its "I promise." campaign. The campaign spotlights employees and their promises to the hospital and community.
April—Harrison partners with Hospice of Kitsap County. As the area's first and only locally incorporated hospice care provider, Hospice of Kitsap County remains committed to working in concert with local doctors and other health care providers to meet the needs of this community.
January—Harrison opens a renovated dining and food court on the Bremerton campus. The new, expanded 8,000-square-foot dining area features multiple televisions and a patient-tracking monitor. The 1,825-square-foot food court is a full service (and energy efficient) area equipped with user-friendly appliances serving your choice of deli specials, pasta dishes, Asian stir fry and western-style cuisine with a large assortment of beverages.
December—Harrison receives Cardiac Level 1 and Stroke Level 2 designations.
December—Harrison's coordinated program of identifying and treating stroke patients earns the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award.
December—Renovations on Harrison’s ICU waiting room completed.
October—Upgrade of technology and renovation completed on Harrison’s Nuclear Medicine department.
October—Harrison joins forces with Peninsula Orthopedic Associates, The Doctors Clinic and WestSound Orthopaedics to establish The Orthopaedic Alliance on the Peninsula to better care for our patients.
September—Harrison earns the Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement designation by Regence BlueShield in Washington, recognizing outstanding surgical outcomes for patients.
September—Consumer Reports ranks Harrison HealthPartners Cardiothoracic Surgery the best in Washington state.
July—Harrison opens an outpatient CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation center.
June—Harrison offers health and wellness services at the Haselwood Family YMCA in Silverdale. This exciting new partnership is designed to promote overall wellness and encourage our community members to develop healthier lifestyles.
April—Harrison HealthPartners Internal Medicine & Adult Primary Care opens in the Cascade View building in Poulsbo.
April—Harrison becomes a member of the WA Cares Cancer Partnership representing the West Sound.
March—Harrison Belfair is awarded Business of the Year by the North Mason Chamber of Commerce.
November—Harrison launches website focusing on Cardiovascular services.
October—Consumer Reports lists Harrison HealthPartnersCardiothoracic Surgery among 50 of the country’s top-rated heart-bypass surgery groups.
June—Harrison opens the Heart & Vascular Center.
June—Harrison announces Vision 2015.
April—Harrison sponsors the Kitsap Soccer Club and Kitsap Pumas Youth Outreach.
March—Harrison launches website focusing on Oncology services.
February—Harrison sponsors Bremerton Olympian Bree Schaaf, who placed fifth in women’s bobsled.
January—Harrison receives Society of Thoracic Surgeons 3-star rating.
January—Harrison expands the Sleep Disorders Center to increase capacity and upgrade equipment.
October—Harrison launches an updated marketing campaign—Choose well.—which showcases cardiovascular, oncology, orthopedics and women’s & children’s services to affirm Harrison as the provider of choice in the region.
July—Harrison HealthPartners Poulsbo Hematology & Oncology center begins serving patients with outpatient chemotherapy treatments and myriad other cancer-care services.
June—Harrison receives a Certificate of Need approval for a 92-bed expansion of the Silverdale campus.
April—The Harrison Belfair campus opens with 12-hour daily urgent care, primary care, and other outpatient services.
January—Harrison opens the newly expanded 70,000-square-foot Port Orchard campus, providing 24/7 urgent care, primary care, and other outpatient services.
Harrison Electronic Record & Orders (HERO) rolls out in major phases over a three-year period. This $30.5 million electronic medical record effort ushers in improved patient quality and safety standards at all Harrison campuses.
Harrison breaks ground on a 24-hour urgent care center at the Port Orchard campus with expanded imaging services, physician offices and a host of outpatient services. The development represents phase two of a master plan for the Port Orchard campus that began in 1995. In a sell-and-lease partnership, Harrison sells the seven-acre campus and existing 33,000-square-foot building to Tim Ryan Properties LP, who will also own the new 36,000-square-foot facility.
Harrison finalizes an agreement with the new Public Hospital District No. 2 in Mason County to provide urgent and primary care services in Belfair. Harrison purchases a da Vinci Surgical System and begins robotic surgery in Silverdale.
The master facilities plan begun in 2005 evolves to include an 80-bed expansion of the Silverdale campus, a 24-hour urgent care center at the Port Orchard campus, and urgent and primary care services to Belfair in Mason County.
Harrison’s cardiac surgery program is ranked No. 1 in Washington in an independent quality study sponsored by HealthGrades, placing Harrison in the top 10 percent of all hospitals nationally for cardiac surgery quality and outcomes.
A regional marketing campaign—I Choose Harrison—showcases cardiovascular, orthopedics and oncology services to affirm Harrison as the provider of choice in the region. Harrison is equipped to provide free wireless internet access at all three campuses.
Results of an employee engagement survey, conducted by the world-renowned Gallup Organization, qualify Harrison as a best-practice, mission-driven organization.
Harrison enlists Seattle architects NBBJ and Bremerton’s Rice Fergus Miller to create a master facilities plan, a comprehensive look at our facilities and how they must change to meet the community’s future health care needs.
Harrison changes its name to Harrison Medical Center, adopting a new mission (We make a difference in people’s lives through exceptional medical care.) and core values (Empathy, Innovation and Accountability).
Vision 2010 is launched, a robust plan to transcend Harrison from a good hospital to a great one by devoting energy and resources in nine vital areas, including clinical excellence, customer service, expanded services and financial performance.
The Emergency Department's $13 million, 33-bed expansion and renovation is completed at the East Bremerton campus. A rooftop helipad serves to provide medical air transport service, operated by Airlift Northwest, to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, the sole Level I trauma center serving a four-state region.
Scott Bosch succeeds Dave Gitch as the third president and CEO in 45 years.
First open-heart surgery takes place at Harrison’s main campus in East Bremerton, furthering the organization’s evolvement into a tertiary care center.
Harrison’s remodeled Emergency Services Department is opened.
Harrison opens a Sleep Disorders Center at the East Bremerton campus.
Harrison receives state approval to perform open-heart surgery and provide interventional services at its main campus in East Bremerton.
Harrison Silverdale opens, featuring outpatient surgery, rehab services, 24-hour emergency care, OB/GYN and pediatrics services.
Radiation Oncology opens at the main hospital campus in East Bremerton.
Harrison's South Kitsap Health Care Campus is opened.
Harrison Auxiliary celebrates “golden year” 50th anniversary.
Harrison Memorial Hospital gains cancer certification.
Harrison Memorial Hospital Foundation gives way to Harrison Memorial Hospital and Kitsap Health Care Foundation (predecessor of Harrison Medical Center Foundation).
Addition of South Wing, including radiology, nuclear medicine, lab, emergency room and ICU.
May—Construction begins on Phase 1, including a new surgical suite with two ORs for outpatient surgery.
West Wing construction completed, bringing bed total to 210.
Medicare goes into effect.
February 13—Harrison Memorial Hospital opens at 2520 Cherry Avenue. Cost of $3,175,000, and with 150 beds.
January—Groundbreaking for new hospital at 2520 Cherry Avenue.
February—Puget Sound Chapter formed.
October—Maurice S. Mathis Guild formed.
May 23—Citizen campaign begins at Elks Temple to build new hospital. More than $600,000 pledged toward cost of construction and equipment.
January—Angie Harrison dies at age 97.
August 15—Harrison Memorial Hospital merges with Puget Sound Naval Memorial Hospital at 6th Street & Marion. Name changed to Harrison Memorial Hospital Foundation in order to continue benefitting from Harrison bequest.
August—Announcement made that the PSNMH would suspend operations by Sept. 1, 1948 prompted by 13-month deficit in funds to operate hospital.
August—Community again rallies to keep hospital running.
March—Formal dedication of the hospital. Name changed to Puget Sound Naval Memorial Hospital in memory of those who had died in the war.
May—Kitsap County Hospital Foundation takes over operation of the Roosevelt Hospital.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Hospital is surplused by the government.
A group of local citizens incorporated as the Kitsap County Hospital Foundation purchased the facility for $200,000. Initial funds raised by local physicians, with remaining purchase price secured via $170,000 garnered from a national puzzle contest.
Kitsap Physician Services (KPS) is created/sponsored by Kitsap County Medical Society.
February— Benjamin Harrison dies.
New Franklin Delano Roosevelt Hospital opens; created by federal government at 6th Street and Marion Ave. to respond to region's population influx due to WWII.
A group of women found an organization to provide for some of the extras not in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Hospital budget, such as wheel chairs and patient pillows (later recognized as Puget Sound Naval Memorial Hospital). This group later merges with volunteers from Harrison Memorial Hospital.
August—Harrison Memorial Hospital begins operation at 8th Street and Chester Avenue, Bremerton.
July—New nonprofit corporation created as Harrison Memorial Hospital. Benjamin Harrison donates his holdings in Olympic Hospital to the new corporation, and Olympic Hospital is dissolved.
Olympic Hospital gifted by Harrison to City of Bremerton, however the transaction prohibited by state law.
Kitsap County Medical Society formed.
City General Hospital changes name to Olympic Hospital.
City of Bremerton Hospital reorganized as City General Hospital.
Region is hit hard by influenza epidemic, and Angie Harrison is among the community volunteers who step in to help support the sick wards.
Benjamin Harrison appointed to Board; purchased initial stock of 10 shares (later becoming a major shareholder).
April 17—City of Bremerton Hospital formed.