Franciscan Foundation Programs
Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care
As the most comprehensive end of life care provider in Washington, our skilled and compassionate services include advanced inpatient support at Hospice House, home-based hospice and palliative care, hospital palliative medicine, bereavement services, comfort therapies like massage and music, home medical equipment services, spiritual support, end of life planning, and a comprehensive initiative to increase minority awareness and utilization of end of life services. Last year, we helped over 3,000 patients and their families.
Serving the Poor in Our Community
Community donations are vital in sustaining FHS’ broad array of community outreach and education programs for underserved populations. These include WIC nutrition clinics, immunizations for disadvantaged children, a parish nursing program serving 80 churches and faith communities, chaplain services for the homeless, community dental van, free health education and support groups, and more. Last year, FHS gave $115.8 million back to the community in education and outreach programs, unpaid costs of Medicaid, and charity care.
FHS offers advanced, comprehensive oncology treatment and holistic care to aid our patients in their fight against cancer, from screening and diagnosis through treatment, survivorship and end of life. Specialized services include non-invasive gamma knife, Da Vinci robotic surgery, inpatient palliative care teams, gynecologic and thoracic oncology, complementary therapies, and multiple surgical specialists. Our accredited Community Cancer Program’s outreach and support services include Cancer Resource Centers, patient navigation, support groups, and free community education and screening.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Major successes and accomplishments in 2012 included:
- FHS was recognized as one of the Top 100 most efficient and integrated health organizations nationally, for the 9th year
- St. Joseph Medical Center received the prestigious Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corp for the 13th time
- St. Elizabeth Hospital was recognized as one of the 25 "most wired" rural hospitals in the U.S. by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine
Despite the financial and operational challenges currently facing all healthcare organizations, FHS remains committed to our mission, and to serving all in need. As the need for charity care keeps increasing and insurance reimbursements decrease, donations to the Franciscan Foundation are needed more than ever. Donations help us maintain community outreach and education programs and meet higher charity care needs at our hospitals and clinics. Examples of tangible needs supported by donations include:
- Mammograms for uninsured, low-income women at risk of breast cancer
- Comfort therapies for hospice patients and bereavement services for families
- Clothing, food, transportation and other basic needs assistance for homeless community members coming to our Emergency Departments
- Car seats for low-income families
- Charity Care and prescription medication assistance for uninsured patients
- Music and pet therapy for mentally ill hospital patients
- Help developing a community garden and soccer field in Westway - a very low-income neighborhood in Federal Way
- Patient Care Van in the Enumclaw/Plateau community, to transport elderly patients and others in need to their healthcare appointments
- Bike helmets for children from low-income families