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News Release: CHI Franciscan Health Receives Certificate of Need (CON) for Harrison Medical Center-Silverdale Expansion

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May 2, 2017

The half-billion dollar investment will transform the quality of care for patients and families across Kitsap County

CHI Franciscan Health, a premier health care provider in the Pacific Northwest, announced that the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) approved CHI Franciscan’s Certificate of Need (CON) requesting regulatory approval to build a new, state-of-the-art hospital at Harrison Medical Center-Silverdale. The $484 million expansion will feature cutting-edge medical technology, a new acute care center, reduced infection risks, and efficient design that puts doctors, nurses, surgeons, and specialists in one place to provide unprecedented coordinated care for patients across Kitsap County.

“The approved expansion of Harrison Medical Center-Silverdale reaffirms our commitment to develop the premier destination medical center for our communities, patients, providers, and staff of Kitsap County,” said Ketul J. Patel, chief executive officer of CHI Franciscan Health. “We will continue to partner with our communities, first responders and local health care providers to make critical investments into high-quality, patient-centered care that will benefit the growing peninsula region for years to come.”

CHI Franciscan’s investment will transform Harrison Medical Center-Silverdale into a state-of-the-art hospital that will be able to accommodate more world-class outpatient medical and surgical services. The new facility will feature brand new private patient rooms with dedicated guest accommodations, service elevators that can better service critical care patients and improved access to patients on all nursing units. The medical center will provide critical acute care services including heart care, a Level III trauma center, and an integrated cancer center, to better care for patients and families in the community.

“We are pleased the Washington State Department of Health approved our application to build a world-class facility to meet the growing needs of our patients and the communities we serve,” said David Schultz, market president, Peninsula Region, CHI Franciscan Health. “Thanks to the State’s fair and transparent process, Harrison Medical Center will transform the way patients and families receive care, ensuring access to a premier facility close to home. We have heard from so many community members and believe our new facility in Silverdale and the new primary and urgent care center in Bremerton will successfully support the community’s needs.”

In addition, CHI Franciscan is making an important investment in Bremerton, with plans to open a 30,000 square foot outpatient clinic with primary care and urgent care services. The clinic will be part of Harrison Medical Center’s new Family Medicine Residency program, which will train highly qualified family medicine physicians. Recruitment is underway for the program, and residents are expected to begin working out of the clinic in 2018.

“The expansion of Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale is a win-win for our first responders and the entire region,” said Beau Bakken, North Mason Regional Fire Authority Fire Chief and Harrison Medical Center board member. “A new state-of-the-art hospital in Silverdale will ease the burden on first responders, provide an unprecedented level of coordinated and centralized care for our growing region, and save precious seconds in critical situations that will ultimately save lives.”

Construction on the project will begin next month, and the hospital is expected to open in 2020.

CHI Franciscan Health

CHI Franciscan Health is a nonprofit health system based in Tacoma, Washington with $2.6 billion in net revenue and a team of nearly 12,000 doctors, nurses and staff that provide expert, compassionate medical care at eight acute care hospitals and approximately 200 primary and specialty care clinics in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties. This includes St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton and Silverdale; Highline Medical Center, Burien; and Regional Hospital, Burien. Started in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan Health is one of the largest health systems in Washington state. The system spans more than 1,100 acute care beds, a credentialed medical staff of more than 1,500 including more than 800 employed physicians providing specialties in cardiovascular care, cancer care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences and women’s care. CHI Franciscan’s mission focuses on creating healthier communities, including caring for the poor and underserved. In 2015, the organization provided $141 million in community benefit, including $10 million in charity care.

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