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Q13 News: St. Anthony Hospital Grand Opening

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Uploaded on May 26, 2009

The Franciscan Health Systems (FHS) mission is to nurture a healing ministry and create healthier communities. Prior to the completion of the new St. Anthony Hospital, the South Sound Region represented one of the largest population centers in the State of Washington without a central community hospital. As a result more than 3,500 emergencies and 4,000 patients requiring overnight care had to travel outside of the area for treatment. The new 256,000 SF, 112-bed hospital in Gig Harbor addresses the need for critical healthcare services within this growing region, and provides quality care in a patient-centered environment that celebrates the local communitys maritime history, rich natural landscape, and the connection between nature, health, and well-being.

Program
Featuring a 24-hour emergency department the hospital is equipped to handle all serious trauma cases and includes medical, surgical, and critical care units; inpatient and outpatient surgery; a heart catheterization laboratory; diagnostic services (including MRI, CT scans, ultrasound, and mammography); physical, occupational, and speech therapies; and a sleep disorder clinic. The main hospital is connected to the 93,000 SF Milgard Medical Pavilion which houses medical offices and the Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center, an integrated cancer center offering programs for patients and families. The project also includes parking for 700 cars.

Community, Context, and History
Engaging the close-knit South Sound community throughout the design process was a top priority for FHS. As Gig Harbor is one of the few places on the west coast where the forest truly meets the sea, the regional culture boasts a rich maritime history set against a backdrop of deep wooded forests, panoramic landscapes, and breathtaking views to the water. Design of the hospital celebrates and weaves these unique attributes together to create a special experience reflective of the community—including an art program featuring work from local artists and wood carvings that reference the areas maritime ties, terrazzo floors designed to imitate water lapping against a shoreline, placement of round HVAC vents to emulate port holes in a boat, and inclusion of a water feature within the healing garden that uses recycled water.

ZGF made the process a very positive experience. You (ZGF) listened, really listened, took our ideas and turned them into something better than we expected. We never felt your team was not listening. We felt we were part of the process with you. The hospital has an indescribable feeling because of that. Thank you.
Dr. Paul Hildebrand, Franciscan Health System

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