CHI Franciscan Health receives certificate of need for Harrison Medical Center – Silverdale

Construction will begin next month, CHI Franciscan reported, and the hospital is expected to open in 2020

SILVERDALE — The state Department of Health on May 2 approved CHI Franciscan’s certificate of need for expansion of Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale.

The $484 million expansion will put all of Harrison’s doctors, nurses, surgeons, and specialists in one place, resulting — proponents say — in improved coordinated care for patients. Construction will begin next month, CHI Franciscan reported, and the hospital is expected to open in 2020.

Harrison Bremerton will close after the expansion is completed. However, CHI Franciscan announced it plans to open a 30,000-square-foot outpatient clinic, with primary care and urgent care services, in Bremerton, to be open in 2018.

“This new clinic will also house our newly approved Family Medicine Residency program, which will train qualified family medicine physicians,” CHI Franciscan Peninsula region president David Schultz said in a released statement. “The hospital will remain open until the new Silverdale facilities are on line, and Harrison is committed to either selling the Bremerton building or demolishing it.”

The clinic location has not been determined, Schultz said.

CHI Franciscan CEO Ketul J. Patel said in an announcement of the certificate of need approval: “The approved expansion of Harrison Medical Center – Silverdale reaffirms our commitment to develop the premier destination medical center for our communities, patients, providers, and staff of Kitsap County. We will continue to partner with our communities, first responders and local health care providers to make critical investments into high-quality, patient-centered care that will benefit the growing peninsula region for years to come.”

Harrison Medical Center is licensed for 347 beds. The Bremerton site has 253 inpatient beds, the Silverdale site has 94, of which 24 are for neonatal patients. All inpatient beds and services will be relocated from Bremerton to Silverdale.

Open heart surgery and elective PCI — percutaneous coronary intervention, a non-surgical procedure used to treat narrowing of the coronary arteries of the heart — will move from Bremerton to Silverdale.

The expanded Harrison Silverdale will feature private patient rooms with dedicated guest accommodations, service elevators that can better service critical care patients, and improved access to patients on all nursing units. The medical center will provide critical acute care services including heart care, a Level III trauma center, and an integrated cancer center.

Schultz said the approval clears the way for Harrison to “transform the way patients and families receive care, ensuring access to a premier facility close to home. We have heard from so many community members and believe our new facility in Silverdale and the new primary and urgent care center in Bremerton will successfully support the community’s needs.”

Beau Bakken, chief of the North Mason Regional Fire Authority and Harrison Medical Center board member, said expansion of Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale “will ease the burden on first responders, provide an unprecedented level of coordinated and centralized care for our growing region, and save precious seconds in critical situations that will ultimately save lives.”

Fate of Harrison Bremerton

Harrison Bremerton is located on 7.31 acres at 2520 Cherry Ave. The hospital, built in 1964, is 261,462 square feet. The site is zoned “Employment Center.”

The intent of that zone is to provide opportunities for residents to live close to where they work, senior city planner Ryan Crater said. Allowable uses in that zone include general office and business services; finance, insurance and real estate; general retail; hotels and lodging; fitness clubs; and, of course, hospitals.

Harrison Medical Center began in 1911 as City of Bremerton Hospital; Benjamin Harrison — a local merchant, not the former president — was an early investor in the hospital, and his wife Anna volunteered there to care for people stricken during the flu epidemic of 1918. It became City General Hospital that year, was gifted to a community foundation in 1942 (it was initially gifted to the city, but that was prohibited by state law), and merged in 1956 with a surplused government hospital purchased by a foundation of local residents.

When times were tough — the Depression, the war years — the community raised money to keep the hospital going. The community raised more than $600,000 for the current medical center on Cherry Avenue.

About CHI Franciscan

CHI Franciscan Health ( is a nonprofit health system based in Tacoma with $2.6 billion in net annual revenue. It has nearly 12,000 doctors, nurses and staff at eight acute care hospitals and approximately 200 primary and specialty care clinics in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties.