PacMed, Franciscan Team Up to Provide Care for Military Families

Pacific Medical Centers, Franciscan Medical Group team-up to provide active and retired military families with health care services in the South Sound.

Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) today announced eligible military families and retirees living in Pierce County have more options for receiving health care, thanks to a partnership with the Tacoma-based Franciscan Medical Group.

PacMed is one of only six healthcare organizations nationally that sponsor the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP), a Department of Defense health care option available to military family members in six areas across the United States, including the Puget Sound area.

“This new partnership will further expand Pacific Medical Centers’ USFHP presence in the South Sound, where we know many veterans live or work,” said Harvey Smith, CEO of PacMed. “We chose to work with Franciscan as that organization’s health care delivery system closely aligns with our own ‘medical home’ approach, a team-based model of continuous and coordinated care designed and centered on the patient's needs.”

This partnership with Franciscan will allow thousands of military families additional options for healthcare providers.

“We are pleased to be able to offer military and veteran families care close to home through this partnership with PacMed,” said Stephen Spare, MD, President and Chief Medical Officer of the Franciscan Medical Group. “The South Sound has one of the highest populations of current and retired military families. We look forward to working with PacMed to provide high value health care options.”

Through this partnership, PacMed’s USFHP members will have access to the physicians and other professional providers of the Franciscan Medical Group who represent a broad range of medical specialties. Franciscan Medical Group clinics are located throughout Pierce, South King and South Kitsap counties.

Attend a free briefing to learn about TRICARE Prime health plan. For dates and information please visit www.PacMed.org/USFHP or call 1 (866) 418-7347.

About Pacific Medical Centers

Pacific Medical Centers is a private not-for-profit, multi-specialty healthcare network of 11 locations with 150 primary and specialty care providers. Its 11 locations are in Puget Sound neighborhoods in Beacon Hill, Canyon Park, Seattle, Northgate, Federal Way, First Hill, Lynnwood, Renton, Totem Lake and Puyallup. Pacific Medical Centers serves patients with commercial insurance, retired military and their families, family members of active-duty personnel, as well as the underserved in our community. Pacific Medical Centers was awarded “100 Best Companies to Work for" in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by Seattle Business Magazine.

About Franciscan Medical Group

Franciscan Medical Group, based in Tacoma, Wash., is a regional network of primary-care and specialty-care clinics, physicians and other professional providers in Pierce, South King and South Kitsap counties. The medical group is affiliated with the Franciscan Health System, which includes St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; and St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw. Franciscan online: www.FHShealth.org.

SEATTLE - July 13, 2012