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April 15, 2014

St. Clare Hospital President Named Board President of Komen Puget Sound

Kathy Bressler, president of St. Clare HospitalKathy Bressler, president of St. Clare Hospital, which is part of the Franciscan Health System, has been named president of the board of directors of the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Kathy’s two-year term began on April 1, 2014.

“Everyone who knows Kathy Bressler is inspired and energized by her spirit,” said David Richart, Komen Puget Sound Executive Director. “She is a model leader and brings an impressive list of professional accomplishments to the critical role of board president”.

“I am honored to have this amazing opportunity to be involved in the important and life-changing work that is the mission of the Komen organization,” Bressler said. “I am passionate about finding a cure for this disease and helping women become more proactive about protecting their health.”

Bressler has served as president of Franciscan Health System’s Lakewood hospital since September 2006. A registered nurse who joined the Franciscan organization about 24 years ago, she has managed emergency services, medical-surgical services, the Ambulatory Care Center and burn-treatment services at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, as well as Franciscan’s comprehensive orthopedic and gastrointestinal services.

About Komen Puget Sound

Since its founding in 1993, Komen Puget Sound has grown to become the 5th largest among 120 local Komen Affiliates across the country. During this time, the Affiliate has raised and invested nearly $25 million to fight breast cancer; Seventy-five percent of these funds have been invested locally towards providing the Puget Sound community with breast health education, screening and treatment support. Twenty-fife percent of these funds have gone straight to global research into improved detection and treatment of breast cancer, and to ultimately curing this disease. To learn more about Komen Puget Sound, please go to

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; 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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