The $15.6 million project will build out the
unfinished fifth floor of the hospital, bringing St. Anthony’s
licensed bed count to 112.
CHI Franciscan proposed the additional beds to meet
growing demand for services. The facility is frequently at
full capacity, resulting in longer wait times and
patient transfers to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.
“Building out St. Anthony will allow
us to afford better care for our patients in the greater Gig Harbor
community, with room to accommodate more patients with increased
access to local services,” Dr. Lance Bear, MD, chief of
surgery at St. Anthony, said in a news release.
The new beds are expected to open in early 2018.
This post was updated to include information from a
Wednesday news release.
The award recognizes sustained improvements in
five categories: infection, falls, early elective deliveries,
sepsis and pressure ulcers.
“The safety of our patients is paramount to providing
high quality medical care and ensuring our patients get back to
their daily lives as quickly as possible,” CHI Franciscan Peninsula
region President David Schultz said in the release.
“This award is a testament to the hard work and
dedication of our providers, nurses and staff in making patient
safety our top priority.”
Regence Blue Shield and United HealthCare, which offered
exchange plans in Kitsap in 2016, aren’t selling exchange
plans in the county for 2017. United HealthCare dropped out of the
state exchange entirely.
Three carriers — Group Health Cooperative, Group Health
Options and Regence Blue Shield — are offering individual
health plans in Kitsap outside of the exchange.
Here’s a breakdown:
Statewide, rates for plans sold in the individual market will
increase by an average of 13.6 percent for 2017.
Insurers selling in Kitsap will raise rates by an average of
Open enrollment for the individual health insurance market
starts Nov. 1, 2016 and runs through January 2017.
Enrollment in Apple Health (Medicaid) is open all year.
According to the letter: “This change will ensure that three
providers are in clinic during all business hours, which will
improve access to our providers and decrease the time patients
spend in the waiting room.”
CHI Franciscan spokesman Scott Thompson said the clinic saw
an average of 8 patients between the hours of 7 p.m. and 11
“We are much busier during the day,” Thompson said.
South Kitsap patients needing care overnight will
have to travel to an emergency department in Bremerton, Gig
Harbor or Silverdale. CHI Franciscan Health also offers virtual urgent care 24
hours a day.
The independent cancer treatment center
announced the addition of radiation oncologist Dr. Aaron Sabolch in
a news release Thursday.
“There’s a growing demand for our
services and the addition of Dr. Sabolch will allow us to continue
to provide timely, high-quality patient-centered care for new and
existing patients,” practice co-founder Dr. Berit
Madsen said in the release.
Sabolch received his medical degree from the
University of Michigan and completed his residency at University of
Michigan, Department of Radiation Oncology.
Anderson will oversee medical operations, medical staff
services, regulatory compliance and quality of care for all eight
CHI Franciscan hospitals, including Harrison.
“With Dr. Anderson’s guidance, we
will continue to elevate physician leadership within our system to
position us to set the standard for quality care, patient safety,
and patient outcomes,” CHI Franciscan CEO Ketul J.
Patel said in an announcement.
Anderson received his medical degree from the
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda,
Maryland, and his master’s in health administration from the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
He previously served as medical officer to the Marine
Corps and medical inspector general for the Navy.
Enlighten harnesses a combination of laser pulses to
break tattoo ink and pigment cells into tiny particles, which are
then absorbed by the body. According to the release, InHealth
Image is the only center in the West Sound region
using the technology, which speeds up the removal process.
“Better technology translates to fewer treatments and lower
total cost for patients,” InHealth Image owner Dr. Manfred Henne
said in the release. “Plus our team is dedicated to providing our
patients with friendly, personalized service in a medical