Burien’s Highline Medical Center has become the sixth hospital in Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System’s medical care network in the South Sound.
Highline joins St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw and St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way in Franciscan’s medical care community.
Bremerton’s Harrison Hospital is also considering affiliation with Franciscan.
The Highline –Franciscan affiliation was announced in June last year and became final April 1 after completion of reviews by state and federal regulatory agencies.
“This is an exciting and historic day for Franciscan, Highline and the community,” said Franciscan Chief Executive Officer Joe Wilczek. “The goals for this affiliation are to ensure the highest quality of care for patients, expand access to care for everyone, and reduce the cost of care. Our new health care partnership will benefit the community for generations.”
“Our alliance with a high-caliber organization like Franciscan brings incredible strength to our ability to achieve our mission and meet the needs of the communities that we serve,” Highline Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Mark Benedum said.
Franciscan Health System also includes the Franciscan Medical Group network of primary-care and specialty-care clinics with more than 350 physicians and other providers practicing in King, Pierce and Kitsap counties.
Highline was established in 1958. It includes a 154-bed acute care hospital, a 115-bed specialty center, more than 20 clinics from West Seattle to Vashon Island. Its services include 24-hour emergency and trauma care, critical care, cardiac care, cancer care, inpatient medical and surgical care, imaging services, outpatient surgery, home health and hospice, addiction recovery, and physical rehabilitation.
Highline has more than 1,500 employees. Its medical staff includes more than 250 physicians with active and courtesy medical privileges.