Seattle Families One Step Closer to More OB Care Choices with New Virginia Mason Birth Center with CHI Franciscan

CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason today announced the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has approved Virginia Mason’s Certificate of Need application for a Level II Special Care Nursery, paving the way for the new Virginia Mason Birth Center, an Alliance with CHI Franciscan. The two organizations have partnered to provide comprehensive perinatal services in Seattle, including an outpatient obstetric and women’s health clinic, expected to open in January 2020, and a full-service birth center with a Level II Special Care Nursery, expected to open in the summer of 2020. The new program will offer personalized birth experiences and increased access to high-quality care for mothers and families throughout the region.

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“Expanding access to premier women’s and children’s services in Seattle will create more quality care options for families in our communities,” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO of CHI          Franciscan. “We are proud to be opening the new birth center with Virginia Mason. This is another exciting step for CHI Franciscan as we further expand our clinical expertise throughout the greater Seattle region.”

The new 20,000 square-foot birth center will combine CHI Franciscan’s regional leadership in personalized obstetric care with Virginia Mason’s focus on quality and innovation. The birth center will be staffed by physicians and certified nurse midwives.

 “The nursery approval represents a major milestone in our partnership and our women’s health offerings to the greater Seattle community,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “We look forward to the work ahead to begin providing a comprehensive set of perinatal services with CHI Franciscan in Seattle next year.

CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason’s joint obstetrics program will follow a collaborative care model- utilizing expert physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurses and staff from both health systems to personalize care for each mother and newborn.

The new birth center will feature:

  • Private labor, delivery, and recovery rooms
  • Personalized birth plans that offer many options and respect the preferences of expecting mothers, including water births, midwifery care and pain management
  • Level II Special Care Nursery dedicated to newborns who need more intensive care
  • Childbirth preparation classes and newborn photos onsite

Franciscan Women’s Health at Virginia Mason will provide convenient access to prenatal care and comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological services. It will be located on Level 8 of Virginia Mason’s Lindeman Pavilion.

The Virginia Mason Birth Center, an Alliance with CHI Franciscan will be located at the Floyd & Delores Jones Pavilion at Virginia Mason. Located on Level 16, the new facility will offer panoramic views of the city, the mountains, and the Puget Sound.

This press release was sent to State of Reform directly via email from a CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason representative.