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May 17, 2012

Commencement Health Obstetrics & Gynecology Joins Franciscan Medical Group

Clinic now called Franciscan Women's Health Associates

Commencement Health Obstetrics & Gynecology in Tacoma joined the Franciscan Medical Group network of primary care and specialty care clinics and providers effective April 1, 2012. The clinic is now called Franciscan Women's Health Associates.

"We are excited to have Commencement Health join Franciscan Medical Group," said Stephen Spare, MD, Franciscan Medical Group president and chief medical officer. "They are a great addition to our women's health services in Tacoma."

The physicians are Karen Nelson, MD; Ellen Hu, MD; and Mark Behnam, MD. The clinic will remain at 314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Suite 400. The phone number is 253-627-0666.

"Joining Franciscan feels like coming home" said Dr. Nelson. "We share the same level of commitment to high quality, compassionate care."

Franciscan Women's Health Associates provides the full range of women's services, from first exam and first birth through menopause and beyond.

As the newest member of the Franciscan Medical Group, the clinic is part of one of the largest physician-led, multi-specialty medical groups in the Pacific Northwest. Franciscan clinics are located in Pierce, South King and South Kitsap counties. Physicians and other professional providers in the medical group represent more than 45 medical specialties, from anesthesiology through vascular surgery.

The medical group is part of the Franciscan Health System, which includes St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, and Franciscan Hospice House in University Place. Franciscan is affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the largest non-profit health systems in the U.S.

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