On Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, the formation of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health was announced, merging CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason, two of the Pacific Northwest’s leading health care organizations.

This includes St. Anne Hospital in Burien, which was formerly known as Highline Medical Center/Hospital.

Here’s more info from the new organization:

As part of CommonSpirit Health, the parent company of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, the new integrated health system will increase access to care throughout the region with hundreds of patient care sites across western Washington. Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, which will initially be led through a dyad CEO model, brings together the most effective elements from each entity to build a transformative health system for the communities it serves throughout the Pacific Northwest region and beyond.

“Virginia Mason Franciscan Health has an incredibly strong foundation to build upon as our two storied organizations come together with an exciting vision, particularly as we expand services for the most vulnerable in our communities,” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and president of the Pacific Northwest Division of CommonSpirit Health. “We are committed to building a consumer-focused health care system while expanding our presence as a national leader in the transformation of health care delivery.”

With a focus on expanding patient access points and developing innovative models of care delivery that enhance quality and the patient experience, the new organization will make it easier for patients to get the personalized care they need.

“Today is a great day for our organization and our community,” said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, CEO of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. “For years we have worked with CHI Franciscan, but now, together, our potential is limitless. We will be able to apply learnings across our entire system that not only improve the patient experience, but also change health care delivery for the better.”

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health will operate 11 hospitals and nearly 300 sites of care, including primary and specialty care clinics, same-day surgery centers, Benaroya Research Institute, Bailey-Boushay House and Virginia Mason Institute.  The organization will employ more than 18,000 team members and staff, including nearly 5,000 employed physicians and affiliated providers.

Together, the combined organization has the highest quality outcomes in the region and the resources to invest in innovation that attracts and helps retain top talent. As a result, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health patients receive care from some of the best minds in health care.

All patients will continue to use their same site of care and will continue to use their current insurance plans. Each organization will share updates with patients well in advance of any changes taking place.

Historically, CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason have partnered on obstetric and women’s health – opening a new birth center and women’s health clinic in Seattle last year – as well as a radiation oncology partnership at St. Anne Hospital and St. Francis Hospital. These partnerships have demonstrated the positive impact that is possible when the two systems work together and will serve as the model for integration across the system.

The combined health system will serve as a prototype of care innovation nationally as part of CommonSpirit Health, one of the nation’s largest non-profit health systems, serving patients across 21 states.


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