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August 1, 2014

Franciscan Health System Awarded $467,000 Grant for Youth Violence Prevention Initiative

Tacoma - Franciscan Health System (FHS) has been awarded a $467,000 grant to support the Franciscan Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, a project that helps neighborhoods, schools, residents and organizations come together to create sustainable and effective youth violence prevention activities in the health care system’s South King County and Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula service areas.

The grant is provided by the Mission and Ministry Fund of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), the national health care system that includes FHS. Catholic Health Initiatives and Franciscan Health System share a mission to create healthier communities, through top quality health care services and proactive community outreach such as the Franciscan Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.

Over the last two years, the Franciscan Youth Violence Prevention Initiative has provided hundreds of educators and providers with training, created community coalitions to design and implement prevention initiatives, and supported community programs that keep youth safe and out of trouble. This work will continue in Federal Way and the Key Peninsula, and expand into the area served by Highline Medical Center.

“We are grateful for the grant to continue the good work that began two years ago,” said Dianna Kielian, senior vice president of Mission for Franciscan Health System. “If this work can clear a path for one youth to approach adulthood and contribute to his or her community positively, then it is worth every penny spent.”

Since it was established in 1996 with guidance from CHI’s founding congregations, the Mission and Ministry Fund has awarded 409 grants totaling more the $50 million to programs across the globe. The fund was established through contributions from CHI facilities across the nation.

“As providers of health and health care, we see the human cost of violence every day as victims come to us for emergency services,” said Kevin Lofton, chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. “Violence prevention is a system-wide, long-term commitment for us. With the help of grants from the Mission and Ministry Fund, our local organizations are doing excellent work. They are moving ‘upstream’ to find the places and situations in which violence can be prevented.”

Franciscan Health System includes St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; Highline Medical Center, Burien; Harrison Medical Center and Harrison HealthPartners, Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas; Regional Hospital, Tukwila; Franciscan Hospice House, University Place; Franciscan Medical Group clinics and providers, Pierce, King and Kitsap counties; and the Franciscan Foundation. Franciscan is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo. –based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 87 hospitals; 24 critical access facilities and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2013, CHI provided more than $762 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.

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