Health care systems CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason, as part of their strategic affiliation inked in 2017, are unveiling a new outpatient obstetric and women’s health clinic today, Jan. 20, on the Virginia Mason campus in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood.
The new clinic, called Franciscan Women’s Health at Virginia Mason, is part of a larger commitment by the hospital systems to expanded woman’s health care options in the area. The new 3,800-square-foot clinic, located on Level 8 of the Virginia Mason Lindeman Pavilion, “combines CHI Franciscan’s regional leadership in personalized obstetric care with Virginia Mason’s focus on quality and innovation,” the health care providers said in announcing the new facility.
The new outpatient clinic will offer access to prenatal care and comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological services.
“The greater Puget Sound region continues to experience unprecedented growth, creating an increased demand in every specialty,” says Ketul J. Patel, chief executive officer of CHI Franciscan. “CHI Franciscan has the largest and most comprehensive women's care program in the state, and we are pleased to expand our premier services into Seattle with Virginia Mason to better serve our communities.”
In a related development, the Washington state Department of Health this past October approved an application for a special-care nursing certificate submitted jointly by CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason, which paves the way for the two health care systems to open a new birth center in Seattle this summer.
The planned 20,000-square-foot Virginia Mason Birth Center, to be located on Level 16 of Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center’s Floyd & Delores Jones Pavilion, will feature private labor, delivery and recovery rooms; personalized birth plans, a Level II Special Care nursery dedicated to newborns needing intensive care; and childbirth preparation classes.
“We are pleased to have CHI Franciscan as a partner in expanding women’s health services in the Seattle market,” says Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, M.D. “Adding high-quality obstetric services, in conjunction with our existing gynecological program, allows us to offer comprehensive care and continuity to better serve our patients and their families.”
CHI Franciscan is a nonprofit health care system based in Tacoma that employs more than 12,000 at 10 acute-care hospitals and more than 200 clinics in Washington, most located in the Seattle area. Virginia Mason is a regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest through its 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle and Virginia Mason Memorial in Yakima; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; and outpatient medical facilities and services across eight communities in the greater Seattle area.