Answers to Your Questions

While there is much to be determined in the coming months as we transition, we are aligned on the vision and strategy to achieve it. Throughout the process, we want to be as open and transparent about this exciting partnership as possible. In that spirit, we’d like to proactively answer some of your anticipated questions. If you have a question that is not on this list, please submit it through the Contact Us form. We’ll continue to update this page as more frequently asked questions become apparent.

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health hopes to expand care options, access points and continuity of care for patients across the Puget Sound region, the surrounding five-state region and beyond, ultimately transforming health care through a better patient experience, more accessible care and better value.

At this time, there are no changes affecting patient care as a result of our partnership and patients may access facilities as usual. We believe this partnership will allow for increased access for patients to receive care and will provide better value.

Yes. At this time, there are no changes affecting patient care as a result of our partnership and patients may access facilities as usual.

Yes. At this time, nothing is changing for patients. If there is ever any change in the types of insurance the system or providers accept, we will inform you well before any changes take place.

Our organizations chose to combine because of our strong alignment in cultures and missions illustrated by our past partnerships. Together, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health will continue to focus on demonstrating excellence in quality and safety, and we’ll ensure patients have access to the best minds and science in health care.

Nothing changes when it comes to our commitment to support the communities we serve. CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason were both actively involved and deeply rooted in the communities in which we operate, and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health will continue to be. And, as a unified organization, we’ll have the resources to expand many of these benefits and solutions created to address access disparities, inequities and health-minded outcomes.

Virginia Mason facilities will continue to operate as a non-Catholic entity. CHI Franciscan locations will continue to operate as a Catholic health system.

Virginia Mason will remain a non-Catholic organization. That said, nearly all procedures historically conducted at Virginia Mason will continue to be provided, with the exception of direct elective pregnancy terminations and Virginia Mason’s participation in physician-assisted death. Virginia Mason conducted a very limited number of direct elective pregnancy terminations and did not conduct physician-assisted death at its hospital. These services will continue to be accessible for our communities in the settings they are already typically delivered, which are outpatient treatment centers outside of the Virginia Mason system.

In addition, all other women’s health care services will continue.

The physician-patient relationship is private, and physicians will continue to exercise their professional judgment with patients and discuss all treatment options. If a patient seeks services the organization does not offer, we will ensure processes are in place for patients to seamlessly and easily access those services in our community.

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s existing care offerings will not change for LGBTQ+ patients. All services that were provided at Virginia Mason were also provided at CHI Franciscan.

Nearly all procedures historically conducted at Virginia Mason will continue to be provided, with the exception of direct elective pregnancy terminations and Virginia Mason’s participation in physician-assisted death. Virginia Mason conducted a very limited number of direct elective pregnancy terminations and did not conduct physician-assisted death at its hospital. These services will continue to be accessible for our communities in the settings they are already typically delivered, which are outpatient treatment centers outside of the Virginia Mason system. In addition, all other women’s health care services will continue.

All other end-of-life and palliative care services will continue across Virginia Mason Franciscan Health as we will continue to adhere to each patient’s wish as expressed in advance directives, including any Do-Not-Resuscitate orders.

The physician-patient relationship is private, and physicians should continue to exercise their professional judgment with patients and discuss all treatment options. If a patient seeks services the organization does not offer, we will ensure processes are in place for patients to seamlessly and easily access those services in our community.

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Please use this form to submit any questions you may have about our partnership, or to stay up-to-date on the major milestones we accomplish as the partnership process progresses.