“This state-of-the-art new medical facility will also help us achieve a key goal in this era of health care reform – to provide the right care, at the right place, at the right time,” added Syd Bersante, St. Joseph Medical Center president. “It represents Franciscan’s unwavering commitment to carry on the legacy of work our founding Sisters brought to Tacoma more than 120 years ago.”
Franciscan collaborated with the People’s Community Center to add an artistic component that pays homage to Franciscan’s century-long relationship with the Hilltop community. A 300-foot-long mural depicting past and present community leaders, residents and the Sisters of St. Francis adorns the Martin Luther King Way side of the parking facility. “We were pleased to work with representatives from the People’s Community Center for their valuable feedback and contributions in helping create this beautiful, community-inspired mural,” said Syd Bersante.
Franciscan Health System includes St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Franciscan Hospice House in University Place, Franciscan Medical Group clinics and providers in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties; and the Franciscan Foundation. Franciscan is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national non-profit health system with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. With total annual revenues of more than $10.7 billion and approximately 83,700 employees, CHI ranks as the nation’s second-largest faith-based health system.