December 2012

Harrison Medical Center Will Affiliate with Franciscan Health System

Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton, WA, signed a non-binding letter of intent to affiliate with Franciscan Health System (FHS), Tacoma, WA.  Leaders of the two organizations expect to complete the affiliation process by June 30, 2013. The affiliation will enable physicians and employees at Harrison and FHS to collaborate on delivery of efficient, effective inpatient, outpatient and in-home care in the South Puget Sound and on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas.

Harrison entities that will be part of the affiliation include Harrison Medical Center campuses in Bremerton and Silverdale, two urgent care centers, the Harrison HealthPartners medical group, and Harrison Home Health. Harrison has about 2,400 employees and a medical staff of more than 400 physicians representing 40 specialties.

The affiliation must be approved by the Harrison and FHS boards and will be reviewed by the Washington State Department of Health and other regulatory agencies before taking effect. The integration of the two organizations is expected to take place over time according to a plan that will be developed during the next phase of the affiliation process.