The Franciscan Health System, based in Tacoma, Washington, includes six full-service hospitals (St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; Highline Medical Center, Burien); Franciscan Medical Group, a regional network of primary-care and specialty-care clinics, physicians and other professional providers; in-home and inpatient hospice and palliative services; same-day surgery centers; dialysis centers; occupational health and physical therapy clinics; and centers for advanced medicine in women’s care and heart and vascular services.
Franciscan is a non-profit 501-c 3 organization and is affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives.
Historically, seeds for the Franciscan Health System were planted in 1891 when the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia established St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma (now called St. Joseph Medical Center). The organization’s health care ministry has grown with the enduring goal of fulfilling the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of those we serve as emphasized in our Mission and Values.
Ethical and Religious Directives
Franciscan Health System is guided by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
We do not discriminate
We do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age in admission to, treatment or participation in, our programs, services and activities.
Equal opportunity employer
Franciscan is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of relations with our employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.
Accountable Care Organization
Franciscan Health System has joined with Northwest Physician Network, an association of local independent community physicians, to form an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) to ensure Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries in the South Sound have access to high-quality, coordinated care. Called Franciscan Northwest Physicians Health Network, it is the first ACO in the South Puget Sound area and the second in the state. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, more than 250 ACOs have been established nationally.
Franciscan Health System is a member of the Washington State Hospital Association.