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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