Our affiliation was approved by state and federal regulators, and the Harrison Board of Directors has endorsed a strategic plan to guide our future work together. It is our shared missions – of making a positive difference, providing exceptional health care, and promoting healthier communities – that have brought us together. We will truly be better together as we work on addressing the growing health care needs throughout the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas.
Along with the tremendous support that comes from joining forces with Franciscan Health System, Harrison is also now affiliated with one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care organizations, Catholic Health Initiatives. This new affiliation enables us to focus on the growth of community-centered healthcare, now and for generations to come.
Harrison's medical staff will remain a separate entity, but we will work together to improve service to patients and increase the availability of our combined services.
One of our top priorities for working together is planning for the successful migration to the Epic electronic medical record in the first half of 2014. There are also a number of administrative and support services at Harrison that we will explore bringing together with current Franciscan services.
Scott Bosch, president and chief executive officer of Harrison Medical Center, is leading a newly formed planning committee, featuring representatives from both Harrison and Franciscan. Their work will be evolutionary and carefully crafted to help guide this process. Kurt Schley, president of St. Anthony Hospital, serves on this committee and is available to answer any questions you might have about the committee’s efforts.
We look forward to collaborating with medical staff during this integration as we learn from each other and continue to improve the level of care we provide to our community.