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Seattle Children’s Hospital To Provide Neonatal Care at CHI Franciscan Health Harrison Medical Center

Seattle Children’s Neonatology Program at Harrison Medical Center will allow families in the Kitsap Peninsula area to receive specialized care closer to home

CHI Franciscan Health and Seattle Children’s Hospital announced today that they are expanding their existing neonatology collaboration to include neonatal services at Harrison Medical Center-Silverdale. The addition of 10 full-time, highly trained Seattle Children’s neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) to Harrison Medical Center’s Family Birth Center will bring specialized, round-the-clock care to higher-risk infants in the Kitsap Peninsula communities.

“We are excited to expand our collaboration with Seattle Children’s to bring specialized neonatal care to the Kitsap Peninsula and expand the hours of care we currently offer at Harrison Medical Center to 24/7,” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO of CHI Franciscan Health. “This collaboration will help the excellent physicians and staff at Harrison to continue to provide care for higher-risk babies that need closer monitoring but do not require transfer to a more specialized neonatal intensive care unit, as well as allow more families to seek care closer to home.”

Christopher Traudt, M.D., the neonatology medical director at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and a Seattle Children’s neonatologist, will oversee the neonatal services at Harrison.

“As a national leader in delivering state-of-the art neonatal care to critically ill newborns and premature infants, Seattle Children’s is proud to build upon our collaboration with CHI Franciscan and extend our expertise to families on the Kitsap Peninsula,” said Jeff Sperring, M.D., chief executive officer of Seattle Children’s. “Our collaboration helps to enhance the neonatal services offered at Harrison Medical Center, ensuring the most fragile newborns can receive high-quality, specialized care in their own community.”

Harrison Medical Center’s 10-bed Special Care Nursery, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), cares for premature babies born at 34 weeks and weighing at least 4.5 to 5 pounds. Seattle Children’s NNPs will augment the level of services pediatricians and NNPs have been providing.

In 2015, nearly 2,000 babies were born at Harrison Medical Center, 10 percent of whom needed specialized care. This expansion will allow Harrison Medical Center to care for more infants identified as higher-risk in its NICU, giving Kitsap Peninsula families the ability to receive care closer to home.

The expansion of neonatal services is a result of Seattle Children’s and CHI Franciscan Health’s collaboration that was established in 2013. Through the collaboration, Seattle Children’s neonatologists and NNPs began providing 24/7 care to premature and critically ill newborns in St. Joseph Medical Center’s Level III NICU in Tacoma.

“We’ve seen great success through Seattle Children’s collaboration with CHI Franciscan,” said Traudt. “I look forward to further expanding our relationship and integrating Seattle Children’s neonatal expertise into the skilled team at Harrison Medical Center to elevate the level of services offered to patients and families in the area.”

Seattle Children’s is consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country and the best in Washington by U.S. News & World Report. Seattle Children’s Neonatology program is ranked as one of the top five programs in the nation.

About CHI Franciscan Health

CHI Franciscan Health is a nonprofit health system based in Tacoma, Washington with a team of nearly 12,000 doctors, nurses and staff that provide expert, compassionate medical care at eight acute care hospitals and more than 100 primary and specialty care clinics in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties. This includes St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton and Silverdale; Highline Medical Center, Burien; and Regional Hospital, Burien. Started in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan Health is one of the largest health systems in Washington state. The system spans more than 1,100 acute care beds, a credentialed medical staff of more than 1,500 including more than 550 employed physicians providing specialties in cardiovascular care, cancer care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences and women’s care. CHI Franciscan’s mission focuses on creating healthier communities, including caring for the poor and underserved. In 2015, the organization provided $141 million in community benefit, including $10 million in charity care. More information:

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Foundation, along with Seattle Children’s Guild Association – the largest all volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country – works with our generous community to raise funds for lifesaving care and research.

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