CHI HealthCare vaccinations

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This flu season is in full swing, CHI Franciscan is going beyond offering flu vaccinations to the public. The health system is also hosting a drive thru vaccination drill – offering free flu vaccinations to employees. 

As part of the mass inoculation drill—which is meant to prepare emergency response teams for a public health emergency— CHI Franciscan’s flu shot drive thru is working to build healthier communities by starting with its own staff.

As the associate medical director for emergency services at St. Joseph Medical Center, Dr. Schlicher often sees patients who have fallen ill to vaccination-preventable disease particularly during the fall/winter months. 

Protect yourself and your family this cold and flu season by making sure you get your flu shot. We make it easy by offering flu shots at most of our primary care, women’s care and urgent care locations (most urgent care locations can only provide flu shots for patients 19 years of age or older). Whether you walk in or schedule an appointment, getting vaccinated can reduce the chance of fever, sore throat, muscle aches and other flu symptoms. And if you do contract the flu, your shot may help reduce the severity of the illness.

With the exception of Bonney Lake and Gravelly Lake (offering flu shots to patients six months and older), all other urgent care clinic locations can only offer flu shots for patients who are 19 years of age or older. www.chifranciscan.org/flu-center


Public Market at Point Ruston

CHI Franciscan and Point Ruston are proud to announce that CHI Franciscan’s Northwest Healthy campaign will be the lead sponsor of The Public Market at Point Ruston. This partnership, through the campaign’s commitment to nurturing the community’s well-being, will support the new public market and provide wellness education and interactive opportunities to live Northwest Healthy lives.

The Public Market at Point Ruston will feature two prominent Northwest Healthy spaces, including the Northwest Healthy Demonstration Kitchen and the Northwest Healthy Event Kitchen. The Northwest Healthy Demonstration Kitchen will provide an open, inviting space for local market vendors to showcase their products, work with local chefs, interact with people, and allow shoppers to watch, ask questions, and get recipes. The Northwest Healthy Event Kitchen will offer a full kitchen, open seating area, and the ability to transform the space for community and private meetings and events.

“We are committed to our mission of creating healthier communities by supporting programs and resources that encourage a healthy lifestyle.” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO of CHI Franciscan. Their partnership with Point Ruston, Patel says, “will provide our neighbors and families with an environment that promotes incorporating healthy habits into their daily lives.”

“Fresh food is an essential ingredient to a Northwest Healthy lifestyle, and the kitchens will help the community explore the important relationship between food and nutrition,” says Holly Martindale, registered dietitian at St. Joseph Medical Center. “Making healthy choices when shopping and learning how to prepare delicious, well-balanced meals will keep individuals and their families healthy for generations to come.”

Built across 97 acres, Point Ruston is a waterfront resort-inspired village that encourages people to walk, bike, and be active. Building vibrant community spaces is the central component of Point Ruston – and a key element to creating Northwest Healthy communities.

“Our vision from the beginning was to convert and repurpose this beautiful waterfront property, reclaiming it from its industrial past and creating a place where kids, families, visitors and the community alike can play, eat, and relax as part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Point Ruston’s Managing Director Loren Cohen. “Point Ruston is excited and appreciative of CHI Franciscan’s support to bring this vision to reality.”

More information on how to request to use the Northwest Healthy Demonstration Kitchen or the Northwest Healthy Event Kitchen will be announced in early Fall 2019.

For more information:

www.chifranciscan.org

https://www.pointruston.com/


MARTINA PRESTON


Wellfound Behavioral Health

Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital, a joint venture between CHI Franciscan and MultiCare Health System, opened its doors to welcome patients on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The new $45 million nonprofit hospital will bring transforming healing in behavioral health care for Washington state.

“Our mission is to serve all those in need,” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO of CHI Franciscan. “The need for access to behavioral health care and services continues to escalate throughout our state. Together with MultiCare, we recognized our shared responsibility to help address this crisis. Wellfound will serve as a critical resource not only for patients, but for providers and first responders to better assist individuals in need of specialized care and support.”

“We have looked forward to this day for a long time, and we know that Wellfound will have a profound and positive impact on our community by increasing rapid access to behavioral health services,” says Bill Robertson, President and CEO of MultiCare. “Thanks to our partnership with CHI Franciscan we are now able to address the vital need for more inpatient psychiatric beds in our community.”

As the two largest health systems in Pierce County, CHI Franciscan and MultiCare formed a unique joint venture in 2014 called the Alliance for South Sound Health to build and operate the new behavioral health hospital. Wellfound was designed with patient safety, experience and high-quality care at the forefront. Everything from the layout, architecture, calming aesthetics, natural lighting and artwork and nautical theme of the 67,000 square-foot hospital are designed for safety, healing and hope.

The hospital will provide voluntary and involuntary admissions with a focus on general adult psychiatric care for ages 18 and older with common psychiatric conditions such as acute depression, suicidal tendencies, self-injury, mania, psychosis and anxiety. Professional clinicians will treat behavioral health and co-existing secondary medical or chemical dependency conditions.

“Our goal is to provide care at the time it is needed through our highly trained doctors, nurses, licensed therapists and mental health professionals. We are focused on treating the whole person, taking into consideration the mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual states of well-being,” said Maureen Womack, CEO of Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital. “Adults experiencing a mental health crisis will have a safe, calm environment, and comprehensive clinical services to ensure a seamless transition back into the community.”

In the beginning, Wellfound will provide inpatient behavioral care for a limited number of adults, accepting referrals from hospital emergency rooms, first responders, and crisis centers. Individuals and walk-ins will be evaluated by a skilled assessment team to determine the level of care and treatment needed, and based on evaluation, may be admitted pending bed availability. The hospital will open its beds in phases, starting with eight inpatient and six crisis-stabilization beds, with more added over time. When fully up and running, the freestanding, two-story hospital will offer 120 inpatient beds and serve approximately 5,000 patients annually.

multicare.org/wellfound-behavioral-health-hospital/

http://www.southsound.wa.networkofcare.org/mh/