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June 24, 2013

St. Clare Hospital Partners with City of Lakewood to Build Healthier Communities

St. Clare Hospital is partnering with the City of Lakewood to be the “Presenting” sponsor for the 2013 Lakewood Farmers Market and the 2013 SummerFEST Triathlon. St. Clare will donate $15,000 to the city to support these two programs.

St. Clare has a long relationship with the City of Lakewood in supporting their community programs. The hospital sponsored the first ever Jingle Bell Rock 5K in 2012 and provided volunteers for the first SummerFEST Triathlon last year. St. Clare has a history of volunteer support and opening up the hospital for city activities. The two share a similar mission.

“Part of our mission as a Franciscan hospital is to build healthier communities,” said Kathy Bressler, President of St. Clare Hospital. “This is a value shared by the City of Lakewood, so it makes perfect sense for us to partner with them and support these community wide activities that promote healthy eating and exercise.”

“St. Clare Hospital has been absolutely wonderful to work with and an huge supporter of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services department, “said director Mary Dodsworth. “We look forward to continuing the work together towards creating healthier communities this summer and in the future.”

The Farmers Market will open June 4 at Lakewood City Hall and runs until September 17 every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The SummerFEST Triathlon will take place July 14 beginning at American Lake Park and finishing at Fort Steilacomm Park. For more information on either event visit

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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