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PacMed, Franciscan ally to serve military families, retirees with medical care

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on July 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm with No Comments »
July 16, 2012 3:15 pm

Pacific Medical Centers today announced it has formed a new partnership with Tacoma’s Franciscan Medical Group to give eligible military families and retirees living in Pierce County more options for receiving health care.

PacMed is one of six healthcare organizations nationally that sponsor the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP), a Department of Defense health care option available to military family members in six areas across the United States. Among those areas is the Puget Sound region.

“This new partnership will further expand Pacific Medical Centers’ USFHP presence in the South Sound, where we know many veterans live or work,” said Harvey Smith, PacMed CEO. “We chose to work with Franciscan as that organization’s health care delivery system closely aligns with our own ‘medical home’ approach, a team-based model of continuous and coordinated care designed and centered on the patient’s needs.”

“We are pleased to be able to offer military and veteran families care close to home through this partnership with PacMed,” said Dr. Stephen Spare, president and chief medical officer of the Franciscan Medical Group. “The South Sound has one of the highest populations of current and retired military families. We look forward to working with PacMed to provide high value health care options.”

Through the partnership, PacMed’s USFHP members will have access to the physicians and other professional providers of the Franciscan Medical Group who represent a broad range of medical specialties. Franciscan Medical Group has 25 clinics located throughout Pierce, South King and South Kitsap counties.

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