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June 28, 2013

St. Clare Hospital Builds Ramp

Ramp at Bridgeport Way bus stop makes it easier to get to the hospital

St. Clare Hospital constructed a ramp at the Sound Transit bus stop on Bridgeport Way to make it easier for the public to get medical care. The ramp was built with the cooperation of Sound Transit and the City of Lakewood. Cornerstone Constructors were the contractors for the project.

“We want to ensure that everyone that needs medical care at St. Clare can safely access our hospital”, said Kathy Bressler, President of St. Clare Hospital. “Our Facilities staff went above and beyond to make this ramp a reality.”

Don Anderson, Mayor of Lakewood joined with St. Clare administration and staff in a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new ramp.

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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