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May 21, 2013

Franciscan Names Physician of the Year

Bahman Saffari, M.D., Ph. D. 2012 Healer with a Heart

Franciscan Health System has named Bahman Saffari, M.D., Ph.D. as its first ever “Healer with a Heart” Physician of the Year. Dr. Saffari is a Gynecology Oncologist at Franciscan Gynecologic Oncology Associates in Tacoma. Dr. Saffari was chosen based on his exemplary commitment to patient care while running a busy clinical practice and having heavy on-call obligations.

“Dr. Saffari exemplifies our Franciscan mission and values,” said Dr. Steve Spare, President and Chief Medical Officer of Franciscan Medical Group. “His dedication to patient care and camaraderie among staff is what makes our organization a great place to work every day. He is not only a great doctor but a wonderful human being.”

Bahman Saffari received his medical degree from the University of Southern California and served his residency at the University of Southern California in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also served a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of California – Irvine. Dr. Saffari was been with Franciscan Health System since 2009.

Franciscan Health System includes St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor; Highline Medical Center in Burien; Franciscan Hospice House in University Place; Franciscan Medical Group clinics and providers in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties; and the Franciscan Foundation. Franciscan is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national non-profit 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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