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SEATTLE – (Feb. 16, 2017) – CHI Franciscan Health and Virginia Mason Health System, two leading health care providers in the Pacific Northwest, announced today that Virginia Mason is joining Rainier Health Network, CHI Franciscan’s clinically integrated network of health care providers in the Puget Sound region.

The addition of Seattle-based Virginia Mason to the accountable care organization is the next step in development of a clinical partnership and strategic affiliation with Tacoma-based CHI Franciscan Health.

Rainier Health Network is a group of physicians, hospitals and providers that work together to offer the highest quality care to patients. It consists of approximately 2,250 physicians and providers; with the addition of Virginia Mason that number will grow to more than 3,000. Additionally, the network will cover, and offer more quality choices to, more than 160,000 patients in the Puget Sound Region.

CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason recently signed a letter of intent to create a clinical partnership and strategic affiliation, while remaining separate organizations. The partnership will expand access and improve care quality and safety throughout the Puget Sound area and along the Interstate 5 corridor.

“Our partnership with Virginia Mason will provide greater access to expert medical care for all patients across the Puget Sound region,” said Ketul J. Patel, CHI Franciscan Health chief executive officer. “Through our clinical partnership and strategic affiliation, we will continue to find innovative ways to provide the highest quality, affordable care as CHI Franciscan Health grows throughout the Puget Sound.”

“We are pleased to be a part of this opportunity that will expand access to high quality, appropriate care and benefit patients across the region,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD.

Rainier Health Network providers include CHI Franciscan Health-employed physicians and providers, Franciscan Medical Group, Harrison HealthPartners, Harbor Pediatrics, Highline Medical Services Organization, Northwest Physicians Network, Pediatrics Northwest and the Doctors Clinic.

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 470 physicians; regional medical centers in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others from around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology for continually improving quality, safety and efficiency. Virginia Mason online:

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving the Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Memorial online:

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

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