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.
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.
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.
“We are extremely pleased that we
have been able to come to an agreement with First Choice Health on
a new contract,” Harrison President David Schultz said in
a news release. “This contract allows our patients to have
uninterrupted access to all the providers and services Harrison
Medical Center has to offer and enhances the financial stability of
CHI Franciscan Health
named a new CEO Wednesday to replace retiring CEO Joe
next top executive will be Ketul Patel, currently executive vice
president and chief strategy and operations officer at the
Hackensack University Health Network and Hackensack University
Medical Center in New Jersey.
Patel starts Feb. 23, according to a news release. In addition
to his CEO role, Patel will oversee Northwest operations for
Colorado-based Catholic Health
Initiatives, CHI Franciscan’s parent company. The Northwest
region includes two CHI hospitals in Oregon.
CHI is rolling out a similar rebranding efforts across all its
markets, according to a news release. The Colorado-based,
non-profit medical group operates 93 hospitals and hundreds of
outpatient centers spread across 18 states.
Center affiliated with Franciscan last year. The Bremerton
hospital’s brand remains the same, though it’s now part
of CHI Franciscan Health.