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October 22, 2013

St. Joseph Medical Center Receives Consumer Choice Award for 14th Year

St. Joseph Medical Center, a part of the Franciscan Health System, is a co-winner of the 2013 Consumer Choice Award based on a survey of Tacoma-area residents by the National Research Corp.

The prestigious annual award goes only to hospitals that independent consumer research indicates have the best overall quality, image and reputation, and the best doctors and nurses, in their markets. This is the 14th year that St. Joseph Medical Center has earned the Consumer Choice Award.

“This award is recognition that at St. Joseph and Franciscan our patients are our top priority, “said Syd Bersante, president of St. Joseph Medical Center. “This achievement belongs to our dedicated and compassionate physicians, nurses and staff who make St. Joseph Medical Center the South Sound’s first choice for health care.”

The National Research Corp., sponsor of the award, and Modern Healthcare magazine, a national trade publication, announced the award winners in all U.S. markets today.

To determine award winners in more than 300 markets across the nation, Lincoln, Neb.-based National Research Corp. asked consumers in 250,000 households to identify the hospitals they perceive as having the best doctors, best nurses, the best image and reputation, and those which provide quality care.

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 national nonprofit 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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