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SEATTLE — (Aug. 10, 2020) — Virginia Mason Birth Center, an Alliance with CHI Franciscan, is officially open to patients. The new 20,000 square-foot birth center, located in the Floyd & Delores Jones Pavilion at Virginia Mason, is the realization of the organizations’ commitment to expanding comprehensive women’s health and obstetric options as Seattle continues to grow and more capacity is needed.

Expecting mothers have more options today than ever before about their birth experience, and the Birth Center ensures a full range of options are available and accessible. It offers a collaborative care model between OB/GYNs and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) and welcomes doulas. Team members will work closely with mothers to help them make the best decisions for themselves, from the level of medical support and pain management they desire to the types of providers present during the delivery process.

Staffed by three certified OB/GYN providers and three CNMs, the Birth Center includes:

  • New, private birthing suites
  • Three private labor and delivery rooms, six postpartum beds and two obstetric triage bays
  • Personalized birth plans that offer many options and respect the preferences of expecting mothers, including water births, midwifery and doula care, and pain management, including nitrous oxide
  • Level II Special Care Nursery with five bassinets dedicated to newborns who need more intensive care
  • On-site lactation consultants and online childbirth preparation classes

“Working closely with CHI Franciscan, our skilled teams will provide high quality and safe birthing and nursery services,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “Welcoming a child is one of the most exciting moments for a family. Our new Birth Center’s collaborative, patient-centric model will personalize care to create special and memorable experiences.”

In recent years, CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason have developed joint offerings for obstetric and women’s health, as well as radiation oncology, to increase access of care for patients. The Birth Center joins Franciscan Women’s Health at Virginia Mason, an outpatient obstetric and women’s health clinic that opened in January. Between the two facilities, women can access care throughout their pregnancy and beyond.

“We are pleased to expand access to high-quality women’s health services for patients and families who are looking for a comprehensive, personalized experience,” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO of Tacoma-based CHI Franciscan. “By bringing together the expertise of two leading Washington health care organizations, we are ensuring we can continue to meet the needs of our communities throughout the growing region.”

The Birth Center opening follows a recent announcement from CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason to explore combining the health systems through formation of a joint operating company. The organizations signed a memorandum of understanding, with the goal of finalizing the evaluation and planning process by the end of 2020.

To keep patients and staff safe during the pandemic, all CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason locations, including the Birth Center, are taking extra safety precautions. Every person is screened before entering the facility. The Birth Center is also implementing universal masking, limiting the number of visitors, and following physical distancing guidelines.

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509


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