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Catholic health systems in the state

Catholic health-care systems in Washington

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Providence Health & Services

• Based in Renton, Providence Health & Services employs about 31,400 people in Washington, counting its affiliation with Swedish Health Services. The Sisters of Providence established the Northwest’s first permanent hospital in Vancouver in 1856.

• With the Swedish affiliation, the system includes 32 hospitals and 400 physician clinics. The combined health system employs more than 64,000 people across five states.

• Currently operates three hospitals in Spokane and one each in Centralia, Chewelah, Colville, Everett, Olympia and Walla Walla.

• Affiliate Swedish Health Services operates five hospitals, more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics and ambulatory-care centers in Seattle, Eastside, South Snohomish County and Cle Elum.


• Based in Vancouver, PeaceHealth was established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, who started St. Joseph Hospital in Fairhaven, Whatcom County, in 1890. Operates nine hospitals, physician groups and medical laboratories in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, where it employs 8,750 people.

• Currently operates hospitals in Bellingham, Longview, Vancouver, Friday Harbor and Ilwaco.

Franciscan Health System

• Tacoma-based Franciscan’s parent is Catholic Health Initiatives, a national chain based in Denver. In Washington, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia established St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma in 1891. Employs 8,000 people in Washington.

• Currently operates hospitals in Tacoma, Federal Way, Lakewood, Gig Harbor, Enumclaw and Burien.

Carol M. Ostrom: or 206-464-2249. On Twitter @costrom

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