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State approves St. Anthony Hospital expansion

20090626-204356-pic-934221171_5654090_ver1.0_640_480State regulators have signed off on CHI Franciscan Health’s plan to add 32 beds to St. Anthony hospital in Gig Harbor. 

The Department of Health conditionally approved a certificate of need for the expansion on Nov. 29, according to documents posted online.

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.

Harrison Port Orchard Urgent Care cutting late night hours

20090113-181808-pic-839579123_5852379_ver1.0_640_480Harrison Port Orchard Urgent Care will reduce evening hours this fall in response to complaints regarding long wait times and understaffing.

The new clinic hours will be 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily, beginning Oct. 31, according to a letter sent to CHI Franciscan Health patients. The clinic is currently open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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 p.m.

“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 Port Orchard clinic was originally open 24 hours a day. CHI Franciscan eliminated overnight hours at the urgent care in 2015.

The full letter to patients is posted below:

PO.urgent.hours by Tad Sooter on Scribd

CHI Franciscan names chief medical officer

Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson

Former Harrison Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Anderson has been tabbed to fill the same role for all of CHI Franciscan Health.

CHI Franciscan announced Anderson as its new chief medical officer Monday. He was named to the position in an interim capacity in February.

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.

Harrison reaches agreement with First Choice Health

674094_5539855_ver1.0_640_480-1An agreement has been reached that will keep Harrison Medical Center “in-network” for First Choice Health customers.

The hospital and insurance carrier announced a three-year contract extension on Sept. 28.

“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 both organizations.”

Negotiations had hit a sticking point late last summer, with the contract set to terminate Sept. 1. A temporary extension gave the two sides an additional month to negotiate.

About 1,300 Harrison patients are covered by First Choice.

Harrison president will also lead St. Anthony

20090626-204356-pic-934221171_5654090_ver1.0_640_480Harrison Medical Center President David Schultz is taking on leadership of St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor.

Schultz will replace current St. Anthony President Kurt Schley at the end of July, according to a news release from CHI Franciscan Health, parent company of Harrison and St. Anthony.

Schley is leaving to become CEO of CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, North Dakota. 

Schultz was named president of CHI Franciscan’s Peninsula Region, which includes the Harrison campuses in Bremerton and Silverdale, as well as St. Anthony.

“This will help us maximize the delivery of high quality, seamless care and improve patient access to our communities on the peninsula,” CHI Franciscan CEO Ketul Patel said in the release. 

Schultz joined Harrison in December, replacing former CEO and President Scott Bosch.

St. Anthony (pictured above) opened in 2009. The 80-bed hospital offers 24-hour emergency care, cancer treatment, surgery and pharmacy services.

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Harrison earns ‘A’ grade for patient safety

Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton was one of 11 Washington hospitals to earn an “A” grade for patient safety in the Leapfrog Group’s latest Hospital Safety Score rankings.

674094_5539855_ver1.0_640_480-1This was the second straight year Harrison Bremerton earned an A grade. The hospital earned B grades in 2013 and 2012.

The grades rate how well hospitals protect patients from injuries, accidents and infections.

“Receiving an ‘A’ rating reflects directly on Harrison’s tremendous effort in providing the best and safest quality of care for our patients,” Harrison President David Schultz said in the release. 

Harrison in Silverdale was assigned a B grade in the spring 2015 ratings. Harrison Silverdale also scored a B in 2014, improving from C grades in 2013 and 2012.

Leapfrog Group assigned ratings to about 2,500 hospitals nationwide in April. About 31 percent earned A grades.

Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit hospital watchdog organization.

You can explore Harrison’s Hospital Safety Score rating in detail here. 

The Washington State Hospital Association also maintains detailed hospital quality page for Harrison.

Franciscan/MultiCare plan psychiatric hospital

Two Pierce County medical groups are teaming up on plans to build a 120-bed psychiatric hospital in Tacoma.

CHI Franciscan Health and MulticCare Health System (operator of Tacoma General Hospital) filed a certificate of need application with the state Department of Health Tuesday to build the proposed $41 million facility.

The two groups have created an independent nonprofit to operate the future hospital, according to a news release. The preferred location for the facility is MultiCare’s Allenmore Hospital campus.

Both Pierce County and the state are in dire need of more psychiatric beds. The need became more acute after the state Supreme Court ruled the practice of boarding psychiatric patients in hospital emergency departments was unlawful. The court was reviewing a Pierce County case involving CHI Franciscan and MultiCare.

Three other medical groups submitted letters of intent to the Department of Health this fall with proposals for Pierce County. CHI Franciscan and MultiCare were the first to file the certificate of need application needed to begin the official review process, according to department staff.

The full news release from CHI Franciscan and MultiCare is below: Continue reading

CHI Franciscan names new CEO

Ketul J. Patel 2CHI Franciscan Health named a new CEO Wednesday to replace retiring CEO Joe Wilczek.

CHI Franciscan‘s 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.

Kitsap’s Harrison Medical Center is part of the CHI Franciscan system, though it maintains its own board and president. Harrison named a new president in October. David Schultz will take the reins of the nonprofit medical system on Dec. 15.

Once both are in place, Schultz will report to Patel at CHI Franciscan who will report to CHI executive Michael Rowan.

Below is the full news release on the hiring of Patel: Continue reading

Franciscan Health System reveals new brand

CHI_FH_Tag_1line_Pos_5C_pmsTacoma-based Franciscan Health System has introduced a new name and logo as it continues integrating with Catholic Health Initiatives.

Franciscan is now CHI Franciscan Health. The new name comes with the new logo and tagline seen above.

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.

Harrison Medical Center affiliated with Franciscan last year. The Bremerton hospital’s brand remains the same, though it’s now part of CHI Franciscan Health.

The Tacoma News Tribune has a few more details on the Franciscan name change.

I’ll be taking a look at the progress Harrison has made integrating with Franciscan over the last year, and what changes are still to come, in a story next week.