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January 21, 2011

St. Elizabeth Hospital Will Open Feb. 2 In Enumclaw

St. Elizabeth Hospital will feature state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology like the Tesla MRI unit shown here.
St. Elizabeth Hospital will feature state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology like the Tesla MRI unit shown here.

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, which is part of the Franciscan Health System, will open for patient care on Wednesday, Feb. 2. The $75 million, state-of-the-art facility includes a 24-hour emergency department with a rooftop pad for helicopters, advanced medical and diagnostic imaging technology, and private patient rooms.

Located at 1455 Battersby Ave. in the heart of Enumclaw, St. Elizabeth will replace Enumclaw Regional Hospital. The old hospital will be removed soon to make room for additional parking for the new, 94,000-square-foot facility.

State-of-the-art technology and other distinguishing features at St. Elizabeth include:

  • Sophisticated diagnostic imaging equipment such as the 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner and 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit
  • Digital technology for X-rays, ultrasounds and mammograms
  • High-definition operating rooms for inpatient and outpatient surgeries
  • Electronic health records
  • Emergency department, with 12 treatment rooms, that is a Level 5 trauma center
  • A rooftop landing pad for medical-transport helicopters
  • Critical care unit for the most seriously ill and injured patients
  • Private rooms for hospitalized patients, with inspirational views of the Cascade foothills and Plateau skyline
  • Private labor-delivery rooms and mother-baby suites in the Family Birth Center
  • A chapel that is open to everyone for prayer and contemplation regardless of their faith preferences
  • Comfortable waiting areas with free wireless Internet service.

St. Elizabeth Hospital includes a helicopter pad on the roof

"When we began planning St. Elizabeth, we knew the community’s new hospital had to embody elements that reflect the community’s values," said hospital President Dennis Popp. "We believe our planning team and architects achieved this and more. St. Elizabeth Hospital is destined to be a center of healing and life that the community will be proud to call its own."

Enumclaw Regional Hospital, which opened in 1949, affiliated with the Franciscan Health System in May 2007. Groundbreaking for the new hospital occurred in September 2008. Mahlum Architects, Seattle, designed the new hospital. Sellen Construction Co., Seattle, was the general contractor.

Like Enumclaw Regional, St. Elizabeth will be a critical-access hospital in the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services program for acute-care hospitals located in rural areas.

St. Elizabeth will have 25 patient beds and is part of the Franciscan Health System, one of the largest health organizations in Washington. "This connection to Franciscan means that our patients at St. Elizabeth will receive the best care, close to home," Popp said. "That local care will be supported by resources and expertise throughout the Franciscan organization from the moment patients enter our hospital, through treatment, to recovery."

Rooms for hospitalized patients at St. Elizabeth are completely private and provide inspirational outdoor views to patients and their visitors

Other hospitals in the Franciscan Health System are St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; and St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor. Franciscan also has primary-care and specialty-care clinics in South King, Pierce and South Kitsap counties.

Franciscan is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national non-profit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2010, CHI provided nearly $590 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.

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