Published on May 23rd, 2014 | by The Kitsap Scene


Harrison Medical Center May Leave Bremerton for Silverdale

Harrison Medical Center may be moving from its Bremerton campus and expanding its campus in Silverdale.

The medical center’s board of directors is exploring the possibility of consolidating the hospitals’ acute hospital care at its Silverdale campus, Scott Bosch, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, said in a news release today.

The hospital’s leaders are evaluating what outpatient services will contibue to be offered in Bremerton, according to the release.

The board is using its Vision 2020 planning process as a guide. The planning process is a years-long effort to “provide affordable, high-quality healthcare on the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas now and in the future,” according to the release. The process addresses the changing health care landscape locally and nationally and considers shifts in population and industry to new areas of the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas.

“For more than a decade Harrison Medical Center has explored how to best serve the health care needs of Kitsap and Olympic Peninsula residents, including consideration of a single, acute-care facility,” Bosch said in the release. “Our extensive strategic planning has led to opening the Silverdale campus in 2000, the expansion of cardiovascular and oncology services in Bremerton in 2010, The Orthopaedic Center at Harrison Silverdale, which we opened last year, and construction of Harrison Bainbridge, which will open this fall.”

Harrison’s affiliation with Franciscan Health System presents a new opportunity to reexamine Harrison’s master facility plan, Bosch noted. And Harrison’s Bremerton location presents several challenges for growth: outdated infrastructure and lack of space for expansion, according to the release.

Harrison’s Board of Directors and leaders from Franciscan Health System explored several scenarios, according to the release, and believe the most cost-effective solution may be a single hospital campus providing the peninsula with “a regional health care hub for generations to come.”

“Even with a single hospital campus, Harrison is committed to providing medical services to Bremerton residents,” the release states.

“We have been looking at the question of what is the best site for our acute care services since the mid-2000s,” said Jim Civilla, chairman of the Harrison Board of Directors. “The role of hospitals is changing with a greater focus on treating the whole person through preventative care and disease management. Harrison is going to have to change the way we deliver services. We will always have a presence in Bremerton, but we also need to explore what’s best for the entire region.”

Harrison leaders will solicit input from key stakeholder groups over the next several months, including the city of Bremerton, community and business leader, community residents, medical staff and Harrison employees, according to the release. The hospital will release a final master facility plan in October.

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