Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, Wash., plans to build a $94 million, 112-bed hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash., the 6,500-resident city's first medical center. The new, full-service hospital, which has not been named, will qualify as a Level IV trauma center, allowing it to serve all but the most severely injured patients, who will be transferred to Tacoma or Seattle-area hospitals. The first phase of the project, including 84 beds, is scheduled to open in 2007, with more beds to be added as needed. Three-hospital Franciscan Health will pay for the construction through philanthropic gifts, grants and bonds issued by its parent company, Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver. -- by Laura B. Benko
Gig Harbor, Wash., gets its first hospital
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