CHI Franciscan announced that it would be ditching the name “Harrison” at its hospitals in Bremerton and Silverdale which will henceforth bear the name of the patron saint of doctors, soldiers, police and mariners: St. Michael Medical Center.
According to officials, adopting saint names for its hospitals coincides with its Catholic health system and will help “enhance clarity and recognition of facilities” throughout the CHI Franciscan hospitals in the region. The Tacoma-based Franciscan falls under the wing of CommonSpirit Health System.
In response to the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, Harrison Hospital was founded to provide care to the community, according to the release. Now more than a century later, amidst another pandemic, CHI Franciscan is set to open their new $500 million medical center in Silverdale, which officials described as one of the safest and most energy-efficient hospitals in the country.
“The Kitsap Peninsula has long been a beacon of strength, resilience and compassion,” said St. Michael Medical Center President David Schultz. “As part of CHI Franciscan’s system of 10 hospitals and 230 specialty clinics, [St. Michael] will continue to serve and care for the Kitsap community for generations to come.”