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Information for Sponsors, Facilities and Equipment
The CHI Franciscan Research Center has been conducting clinical research since 1998. We specialize in Phase II-IV clinical research services. Our experience includes inpatient and outpatient trials, including but not limited to cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurology, oncology, pulmonary, and renal studies. The Research Center is a member of the Catholic Health Initiatives Institute for Research and Innovation (CIRI) network.
The Research Center has conducted a number of trials in various volunteer programs. The population of the greater Tacoma/Seattle area is almost four million. Tacoma's population, with significant ethnic and cultural diversity, is consistent with United States demographics, providing a broad subject base for investigators.
Over 90 percent of our enrolled participants are recruited from physicians' practices or from within our hospitals. Thus, established patients with documented medical histories are enrolled into CHI Franciscan conducted studies. Research Center also has relationships with a variety of medical specialists, which allows for completion of studies in specialized patient populations or which require specialized procedures.
CHI Franciscan is committed to the following strategic initiatives for its five service line institutes:
- Be a market leader
- Become a destination health care institute
- Employ effective physician leadership committees
- Develop a single clinical standard and a single system of care across CHI Franciscan
Facilities and equipment
Our main research clinic provides two patient exam rooms and a blood draw room. Multiple satellite research offices throughout the CHI Franciscan network also facilitate research-related patient and provider interactions.
Our equipment includes:
Onsite 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) machine equipment
Daily maintained temperature logs for the following:
- Secure, locked, climate controlled study drug storage
- Freezers (-20° and -70°)
- Dry ice available
Investigational product supply room
- Research Center provides safe and secure investigational supply rooms for study drug storage
- Controlled Substance Registration Certification (Schedule II, III, IIIN, IV, & V)
- Double verification at time of drug dispensing
- Limited access room
- Certified ventilation hoods/glove boxes for preparation of IV medications
- Scientific refrigerator with alarm (monitored 24 hours a day)
- Climate controlled and documented
- Secured 33 cubic foot refrigerator
- All equipment is maintained regularly with documentation per GCP, GLP guidelines
Long and short term storage of samples is available. We have -70° and -20° freezers to accommodate your specific trial needs. Our freezers are backed up by a generator to ensure the value of your information.