Harrison Medical Center to Affiliate with Franciscan Health System

Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton announced in a news release yesterday that the organization intends to affiliate with the Franciscan Health System, based in Tacoma.  The release states that the two nonprofit organizations have only signed an initial letter of intent, but that leaders from both organizations expect the affiliation process will be completed by June 30, 2013.

“We can enhance the services that we offer and build on the economies of scale that a larger organization can provide,” said Harrison Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Bosch.

“In light of upcoming national reforms, this partnership helps ensure we keep our enduring promise of exceptional health care to the residents of the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas and North Mason County.”

This comes following a trend of hospitals and health systems becoming partners and creating new organizations to better serve patients and coordinate care and communication between physicians, which we began to point out back in August.

The news release went on to say:

With an affiliation with Franciscan, Harrison will become part of an integrated health system in Washington state with nearly 11,000 employees, 2,000 medical staff members and projected annual net revenues of $2 billion. The affiliation will enable physicians and employees at Harrison and Franciscan to collaborate and innovate in order to improve the delivery of efficient and effective inpatient, outpatient and in-home care across a broad geographic region.

Joe Wilczek, Franciscan Health System Chief Executive Officer, was quoted with the following statement:

“An affiliation between our organizations will benefit the community for generations. Both Harrison and Franciscan have long traditions of service. Each provides health care to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.  Our shared mission and values, as well as our shared commitment to excellence, will allow us to work together to better serve residents throughout the region.”