Why Come Together?
CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason have been strategically and clinically affiliated since 2017 and we’ve admired each other’s desire to lead in improving the way health care is delivered. Our partnership in obstetrics and women’s health and radiation oncology have elevated both access and continuity of care for patients and we’ve recognized a tremendous opportunity to do more together. We are exploring combining CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason to build a new and integrated health system that would employ a patient-first approach, an innovative structure and process, and the strong quality and safety performance of both organizations.
That’s the vision of this partnership – to come together, combine the best thinking and innovations from each organization and build the health care system of the future that patients in our communities – and beyond – deserve. The new organization would be agile and market-responsive, reducing waste and aligning across the system to always have the patient’s best interest in mind.
Our region has long been one of the fastest growing in the country. It deserves a health system that is adaptable and is easy for patients to navigate. CHI Franciscan’s mission to serve and care for all people in mind, body, and spirit and Virginia Mason’s mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the patients we serve signify that both organizations are fully committed to our patients and communities. Both systems have served their communities for more than a century and are poised to do so for generations to come.
Each organization already focuses heavily on demonstrating excellence in quality, safety, the customer experience and as a result, excels in national performance measures. Combined, the new organization would have the highest quality outcomes in the region and the opportunity to invest in customer-centric innovation. Patients would have to access to the best minds and science in health care, and communities would be infused with solutions created to address access disparities, inequities, and health-minded outcomes.
We are excited to explore this new chapter of service to our patients and communities together. The organizations have been engaged in evaluation and planning and hope to finalize that process by the end of 2020. For now, all patients will continue to have access to their same site of care and will continue to use their current insurance plans. Each organization will share updates with patients well in advance of any changes taking place.