St. Anthony Hospital Opens on March 17 in Gig Harbor, Wash.

The adjoining Milgard Medical Pavilion is home to the Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center and other hospital-based outpatient services, as well as physician offices.

St. Anthony Hospital features the newest medical and informational technologies. For example:

The Gene and Mary Ann Walters Center for Emergency Services at St. Anthony has 19 treatment rooms where highly skilled physicians, nurses and other caregivers provide emergency care around the clock. No longer must residents of Gig Harbor and other Peninsula communities be transported by ambulance to hospitals in Tacoma, Bremerton and other distant places to receive life-saving treatment for stroke, heart attack and most other emergencies.

“Our goal is that every emergency patient will receive the best possible care during their stay in the emergency department or the hospital,” said Paul Hildebrand, MD, medical director for emergency services.

Also, the Franciscan Foundation’s Campaign for St. Anthony has raised $15.5 million from businesses, foundations, grants and individual donors thus far to benefit the new hospital. The campaign’s original goal was $10 million.

“We appreciate the community’s support through the planning and construction phases of this project,” Wilczek said. “Now, we look forward to providing these communities with the best medical care possible for generations to come.”

The environmentally conscious design of St. Anthony Hospital includes natural stone, wood and glass on the exterior. Inside the hospital, public spaces feature large windows that allow in plenty of natural light and provide inspiring views of the healing garden, manicured campus, and the dense forest nearby. Natural landscaping has been preserved on more than half the 37-acre site, which includes three wetlands and a salmon stream.

Several commissioned works of art are permanently displayed inside the hospital and on the campus.

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