St. Francis himself may have hailed from Italy, but his followers look after the health of the residents of the South Puget Sound area through the Franciscan Health System. The not-for-profit system includes five full-service hospitals. The oldest and largest hospital is St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, a 320-bed facility. Its facilities include community hospitals St. Clare Hospital (in Lakewood) and St. Francis Hospital (in Federal Way), as well as a hospice program, and numerous primary and specialty care clinics. Its St. Anthony Hospital is an 80-bed full service pharmacy and home medical equipment retail location at Gig Harbor.
Franciscan Health System serves patients in Tacoma, Washington, and surrounding areas.
The company gets most of its revenues from patient services. Other sources of income includes foundation gifts and investment, community benefit, charity care, and uncompensated care (unreimbursed costs of serving patients enrolled in Medicaid and other state-subsidized programs).
Franciscan Health System and Harrison Medical Center are looking to join forces, while Franciscan's parent continues in talks to combine its Northwest operations with PeaceHealth of Vancouver, Washington. If both plans are approved by regulators, Harrison will become part of the largest community hospital system in the Northwest, with facilities in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. Both the Harrison-Franciscan affiliation and that of Franciscan's parent, Catholic Health Initiatives, with PeaceHealth is slated to be approved in 2013.
In addition, Franciscan Health System is collaborating with the MultiCare Health System and TRA Medical Imaging to build a women's imaging and breast cancer care center.
St. Elizabeth Hospital opened its doors in 2011 in Enumclaw, replacing Enumclaw Regional Hospital as that community's acute-care facility.
Franciscan Health System is an affiliate of Catholic Health Initiatives.
St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma (the health system's oldest facility) was founded by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1891. – less