Statement from Cary Evans, CHI Franciscan, on charity care lawsuit

Cary Evans, Vice President for Communications and Government Affairs at CHI Franciscan, issued the following statement in response to the recently announced resolution to Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s charity care lawsuit against St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

“As a non-profit, charitable organization our mission emphasizes human dignity and social justice. Last year, we cared for 2.7 million patients and saw 324,611 emergency visits. We provided $25 million in charity in 2018 alone. Neither the AG, nor our records, indicate any patient who applied for charity care was ever denied if they qualified. Out of an abundance of caution, we are exceeding the requirements of state law and providing charity compensation to patients who may be in most need, even if they never applied for charity care or did not actually qualify at the time of service.”