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August 7, 2013

Franciscan Health System Welcomes Harrison Medical Center

Organizations will bring enhanced healthcare to Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas

Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton is now affiliated with Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System and becomes the seventh hospital associated with the Franciscan organization. Harrison’s affiliation with Franciscan offers opportunities to expand services; improve the delivery and quality of care; and broaden access to services for individuals, employers, and communities in the South Puget Sound and on the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas.

The Harrison-Franciscan affiliation was announced in October 2012, and became official August 7, 2013 after reviews by state and federal regulatory agencies were finalized. This agreement will allow Harrison Medical Center to continue to operate as a secular (non-religious) nonprofit community medical center.

This affiliation with Franciscan makes Harrison a part of one of the largest integrated health systems in Washington. Franciscan includes St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; Highline Medical Center; Burien and the Franciscan Medical Group network of primary-care and specialty-care clinics. Franciscan has been ranked among the Top 100 Integrated Health Networks in the nation annually since 2004.

The affiliation will enable physicians and employees at Harrison and Franciscan to collaborate and innovate in order to improve the delivery of efficient and effective inpatient, outpatient and in-home care across a broad geographic region.

“We can enhance the services we offer and build on the economies of scale that a larger organization can provide,” said Harrison Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Bosch. “In light of upcoming national reforms, this partnership helps ensure we keep our enduring promise of exceptional health care to the residents of the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas and North Mason County, now and for generations to come.”

“This is a historic day for Franciscan, Harrison and the community,” said Franciscan Health System Chief Executive Officer Joe Wilczek. “Both organizations have long traditions of providing health care to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Our shared mission and values, including our shared commitment to excellence and exceptional health care, will allow us to work together to better serve residents throughout the region.”

Harrison Medical Center has evolved from a small community hospital into a regional medical center serving patients from Kitsap, North Mason, Clallam and Jefferson counties. Its services include 24-hour emergency and trauma care, cardiac care, cancer care, inpatient medical and surgical care, imaging services, outpatient surgery, pediatrics, orthopaedics and a sleep center. It has a medical staff of more than 400 physicians representing 40 medical specialties.

The joining together of Harrison with Franciscan will occur over time as staff from both organizations collaborate to provide high quality care and share best practices and resources. The organizations also envision expanding access to an array of services-- from primary to specialized care--on a scale neither could achieve on its own.

As part of the affiliation, a state-of-the-art electronic health records system will connect Harrison facilities and physicians with each other as well as with Franciscan hospitals, clinics and providers. Franciscan selected the Epic clinical information technology platform for its system-wide electronic health record that went live this June, and which will be integrated at Harrison in 2014. The system features a “patient portal” so patients can securely and confidentially communicate with their physicians, request prescription refills, set up appointments and receive test results.

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 Har rison HealthPartners, Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas; 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 national nonprofit health system with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. Currently, CHI ranks as the nation’s third-largest faith-based health system, with annual operating revenues of $10.7 billion and approximately 78,500 employees. In fiscal year 2012, CHI provided more than $715 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.

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