have signed off on CHI Franciscan Health’s plan
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 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
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.
joined Harrison in December, replacing former CEO and President
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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