CHI Franciscan Health announced that the Washington State Department of Health approved CHI Franciscan’s Certificate of Need (CON) requesting regulatory approval to build a new hospital at Harrison Medical Center-Silverdale. The $484 million expansion will feature new medical technology, an acute care center, reduced infection risks and a design that puts doctors, nurses, surgeons and specialists in one place.

The new facility also will feature new private patient rooms with dedicated guest accommodations, service elevators that can better service critical care patients and improved access to patients on all nursing units. The medical center will provide critical acute care services including heart care, a Level III trauma center and an integrated cancer center.

In addition, CHI Franciscan is making an investment in Bremerton, with plans to open a 30,000-square-foot outpatient clinic with primary care and urgent care services. The clinic will be part of Harrison Medical Center's new Family Medicine Residency program, which will train family medicine physicians. Recruitment is underway for the program, and residents are expected to begin working out of the clinic in 2018.

Construction on the project will begin next month, and the hospital is expected to open in 2020.