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Inside 3 PREVENTIVE CARE Take time for you.

4 FRANCISCAN NEWS Stay current with what’s happening at Franciscan Health System.

6 WOMEN’S HEALTH Don’t let important health screenings fall off your to-do list.

8 WEIGHT LOSS Ready to get serious about weight loss? We can help.


Find your new health care professional today! Occupational Medicine Franciscan Occupational Health - Port Clinic (253) 272-6677 Patricia Garcia, PAC 1930 Port of Tacoma Rd., Tacoma

Endocrinology Endocrine Consultants Northwest (253) 565-6777 1628 S Mildred Suite 104 Mandeep Brar, MD Tacoma

Neurological Surgery Franciscan Neurology Associates (253) 426-4420 1708 S. Yakima Ave. Marc Goldman, MD Suite 105, Tacoma

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Franciscan Pain Management Center (253) 382-8200 1708 S. Yakima Ave. Derek S. Scott, MD 2nd Floor, Tacoma

Need medical care after hours? We’re always on call.

11 NEONATAL CARE Find out how we provide the best care for our littlest patients.

12 BETTER SLEEP Our Sleep Disorders Center can help you put sleep problems to rest.

Heather Gulian, NP-C

Family Medicine UW Tacoma Student Health Services (253) 692-5811 1742 Market Street Suite 102, Tacoma

Ashley Kauzlaric, ARNP, FNP

Cardiovascular Disease Franciscan Heart & Vascular Associates at St. Joseph (253) 627-1244 1802 S. Yakima Ave. Suite 302, 304, 307 Tacoma

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St. Francis Hospital 34515 Ninth Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003 St. Joseph Medical Center 1717 South J St, Tacoma, WA 98405 St. Clare Hospital 11315 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 St. Elizabeth Hospital 1455 Battersby Ave, Enumclaw, WA 98022 St. Anthony Hospital 11567 Canterwood Blvd NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332 Franciscan Medical Group 1313 Broadway Plaza, Suite 200, Tacoma, WA 98402 CEO, Franciscan Health System Joe Wilczek President, St. Joseph Medical Center Syd Bersante Managing Editor Amanda Hobbs Franciscan Health System is part of Catholic Health Initiatives, which has health care facilities throughout the United States. ©2013, Franciscan Health System. All rights reserved. For questions or comments, or if you’d like to be removed from the health! mailing list, please contact us at 253-382-3850, (fax) 253-382-3877, or write to: Editor, Franciscan health!, Franciscan Health System, Marketing & Communications, PO Box 2197, Tacoma, WA 98401-2197.


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Your health depends on it She hears it from her female patients all the time: “Oh, I can wait. My kids’ health is important, and I have to keep after my husband’s health,” said Amara Gill, MD, internal medicine physician Amara Gill, MD with Franciscan Medical Clinic at St. Joseph. “They try not to think about their own symptoms, hoping they’ll go away.” Dr. Gill said it’s important for women to pay attention to “little” health concerns before they become big problems.

“A mole may change; a woman starts having headaches; or her blood pressure starts running high. Worry can create added stress. The sooner we take care of issues like these, the better our treatment outcomes typically are,” she explained. Even if you are in good health, it’s important to see your doctor at least annually, said Dr. Gill. “If you have aches in multiple joints, notice lumps or masses, or feel fatigued, don’t write symptoms off as aging or stress. Mention your concerns so we can address them together and improve your quality of life.” Another important action that can help maintain health is exercise. “Women whose weight is under control think they don’t need exercise, but everyone needs exercise!” said Dr. Gill. “You will benefit, and be a great example for your family.” Other strategies to take to heart include: ■■  Annual well-woman exams. Treat issues before symptoms worsen. ■■  Daily exercise. An excellent antidote to stress. ■■  Daily multivitamin. Make sure you get necessary nutrients. ■■  Plenty of water. Can improve mental clarity.


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New electronic health record brings dramatic benefits After June 1, Ed Lopez, PA-C, will have a slightly different routine when seeing patients at St. Joseph Medical Center. Mr. Lopez, an inpatient team medical provider, will now be recording patient health information into a computer in the patient’s room, not on a paper chart. It’s a seemingly small change that offers dramatic benefits to both doctors and patients. St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, St. Clare Hospital and St. Anthony Hospital will all launch a new electronic health record system the first week of June. St. Elizabeth, which is already on an electronic health record system, will adopt the same system as the rest of the facilities in 2014. Franciscan Medical Clinics will transition to one electronic health record by the end of the year. The key to the new electronic health records is that each patient will have only one record or chart — no matter what doctor they see in the system. “The benefit of having just one record is that, over time, the medical history and the information in that patient record becomes much more complete and accurate

resulting in a more consistent and less fragmented source of patient information and treatment which then becomes available to all physicians whether in or out of the hospital,” Mr. Lopez explained. “Good information is essential for good health care. A patient’s medical history is unique to that individual and tells us a great deal,” Mr. Lopez added. “Too often we have to rely exclusively on the memories of patients or family members for important medical information. With this new system, if the patient has been seen within the Franciscan network of hospitals and clinics in the past, we’ll be able to call up their health record immediately resulting in accurate information.” Patients also will have quick access to their health information by signing up for the system’s secure, online Franciscan MyChart tool. Using MyChart, patients will be able to view their medical records, request appointments or prescription refills from their primary care doctor — even email their doctor. MyChart also will provide reminders of screening tests and other health information to help patients get not only the best in health care, but also the best in illness prevention.

Breast Center gets $2.75 million gift for 3D mammography The Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation has awarded a $2.75 million grant for the Carol Milgard Breast Center to provide tomosynthesis (also known as 3D mammography) to aid in the early detection of breast cancer. The technology will be installed later this year, making the center the first in Pierce County to offer this technology. The Carol Milgard Breast Center located in Tacoma is a partnership between Franciscan Health System and another local health organization serving the greater Tacoma area and surrounding communities. Franciscan will also install the 3D system at its mammography centers in Federal Way, Enumclaw and Gig Harbor in the next two years. To learn more, visit


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Mural embodies Hilltop community and St. Joseph history The new Medical Building at St. Joseph is hard to miss in the Hilltop community surrounding the medical center. To add to the beauty of the new structure, well-known community faces and icons are featured as artistic elements on the façade of the new parking garage connected to the building. Architect Perkins+Will and graphic design company Studio SC conceptualized and produced the beautiful artwork. Steering Committee members of the Peoples Community Center, which faces the mural on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, also offered valuable feedback on the concept, selection and final design. The imagery printed on a metal panel spanning the length of the garage features several past and present residents of the Hilltop community, such as former professional football player Fletcher Jenkins, as well as nuns from the original Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia – the order that founded present-day St. Joseph Medical Center more than 120 years ago. Take a moment to observe this one-of-a-kind artwork on your next visit to St. Joseph Medical Center.

Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology St. Francis Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center, and eight affiliated physicians were named Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology™ (COEMIG™) designees by the AAGL and Surgical Review Corporation. The physicians who earned the designation performing surgeries at St. Joseph are Eve Cunningham, MD, Theresa Froehlich, DO, James Greene, MD, Cindy Mosbrucker, MD, Karen Nelson, MD, Paula Smith, MD, and Estelle Yamaki, MD. The COEMIG program distinguishes surgeons and facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidencebased and coordinated care. “Women’s services have grown more advanced and specialized over the past 10 to 15 years. ‘Minimally invasive surgery’ isn’t just a catch phrase, it is a proven surgical option for women that will provide the lowest risk of complications along with fast recovery times. This award demonstrates both the physician’s and hospitals’ commitment to providing safe, high-quality care. We are truly raising the bar for the overall patient experience,” said Cindy Mosbrucker, MD, medical director for the COEMIG program.

Local doctors, hospitals partner to coordinate care for Medicare feefor-service beneficiaries Franciscan Health System has joined with Northwest Physician Network, an association of local independent community physicians, to form an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) to ensure Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries in the South Sound have access to high-quality, coordinated care. Called Franciscan Northwest Physicians Health Network, it is the first ACO in the South Puget Sound area and the second in the state. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, more than 250 ACOs have been established nationally. All ACOs must meet quality standards to ensure savings related to Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries through improving care coordination and providing care that is appropriate, safe and timely. Franciscan Northwest Physicians Health Network’s goal is to provide better coordinated care across physician offices and hospitals, better health outcomes and fewer hospital visits for our Medicare Fee-ForService beneficiaries. Beneficiaries using ACOs always have the freedom to choose doctors inside or outside of the ACO. To learn more, visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE.

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What women should know about health screenings You have lists for work, groceries and errands. But when do you ever put yourself at the top of your to-do list? The time is now: talking with your doctor about important health screenings is one of the most effective ways to safeguard your wellbeing. “Regular health screenings facilitate early detection and treatment of conditions before they become major problems,” said Karen Nelson, MD, Franciscan Health System’s division chief for Women’s Health and OB/GYN with Franciscan Women’s Health Associates in the new Medical Building at St. Joseph. “For example, cervical cancer has decreased 50 percent in the last 30 years in the United States due to routine Pap screening.” Here’s a closer look at why regular health screenings should be on your to-do list.

Feel fine? Health problems can still lurk Many screenings, from blood tests to Pap smears, can detect problems you may not know you have. That’s because many conditions, such as elevated blood sugar and cervical cancer, often don’t have any symptoms early on. “The good news is that most conditions are easier to treat in their earlier stages,” said Mark Behnam, MD, an OB/GYN who practices with Dr. Nelson at Franciscan Women’s Health Associates. 6

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Heart disease in men receives lots of attention, but it’s also the number one killer of women. “Routine screenings can help identify risks, such as high blood Karen Nelson, MD Mark Behnam, MD pressure or high levels of cholesterol in your blood, which can lead to plaque in the arteries,” Dr. Behnam said. “Without the test, you may not know something is wrong until you suffer a heart attack.” If you catch it early with a routine blood test, you can treat it with medication and diet and lifestyle changes.

Put your health in your hands Health screenings offer you a barometer of how well you’re doing health-wise. When you receive the recommended screenings regularly, you’ll also be able to tell where you’re improving in your daily health choices — and where you could be doing better to stay on the healthiest path possible. “Yearly screenings provide you the opportunity to talk with your doctor about your health, symptoms, family history and risks,” Dr. Behnam said. “This gives you a better chance at staying healthy and avoiding certain illnesses that we can treat or prevent when caught early with screenings.”

Women’s health screenings It’s important to talk with your doctor about your health history and the screenings you need. To keep you on track, clip and save this handy chart of recommended health screenings. Get your next screening on your to-do list, contact a clinic near you from the list below. Screening

Pap test

Cervical cancer screening


Beginning at age 21, yearly pelvic exam with Pap collection every 3 years or based on your doctor’s recommendations

Where in your community? Franciscan Women’s Health Associates St. Joseph (253) 274-7501 Pearl Place (253) 761-2244 Franciscan Medical Clinic St. Joseph (253) 274-7503 Yakima Avenue (253) 382-8240

Franciscan Women’s Health Associates St. Joseph (253) 274-7501 Pearl Place (253) 761-2244

Clinical breast exam

Breast cancer screening

Every 1-3 years beginning at age 20; yearly starting at age 40


An X-ray of the breasts to check for breast cancer

Yearly starting at age 40

Carol Milgard Breast Center (253) 759-2622

Glucose testing

Diabetes screening

Starting at age 45, every 3 years

Franciscan Medical Clinic St. Joseph (253) 274-7501 Yakima Avenue (253) 382-8240

Lipid profile assessment

Measures levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood to assess risk of heart disease

Starting at age 45, every 5 years

Franciscan Medical Clinic St. Joseph (253) 274-7501 Yakima Avenue (253) 382-8240

Thyroid-stimulating hormone



Checks if your thyroid gland is working normally

Starting at age 50, every 5 years

Bone density screening

Checks for osteoporosis

Beginning at age 65, no more than once every 2 years unless other health risks develop

Colorectal cancer screening

Looks for signs of cancer in the colon and rectum

Colonoscopy starting at age 50, repeated every 10 years1

Franciscan Medical Clinic St. Joseph (253) 274-7503 Yakima Avenue (253) 382-8240

Franciscan Medical Clinic St. Joseph (253) 274-7501 Yakima Avenue (253) 382-8240 Endocrine Consultants Northwest (253) 565-6777 Carol Milgard Breast Center (253) 759-2622 Endocrine Consultants Northwest (253) 565-6777 Franciscan Digestive Care Associates (253) 272-8664

Additional methods for colon cancer screenings include: fecal occult blood test yearly; flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years; double contrast barium every 5 years; computed tomography every 5 years.


Terry Coti lost more than 100 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery at Franciscan Center for Weight Management.

Nobody chooses to become obese. However, factors such as genetics, the food environment and our modern sedentary lifestyle are conspiring to make this potentially life-threatening condition an issue for more and more of us each day. 8

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Fortunately, the Franciscan Center for Weight Management is ready to help patients achieve healthier weights. As a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, we have the experience you can trust. More weight loss surgeries are performed here than at any other hospital in the South Puget Sound.

The Franciscan edge At the Franciscan Center for Weight Management, all weight loss procedures are done using minimally invasive techniques, including advanced laparoscopy and the DaVinci® surgical system. With minimally invasive techniques, surgeons can see into the body with great clarity, yet the incisions are smaller than ever before. Scarring is minimized, patient safety is enhanced and recovery usually happens much more quickly.

But what finally drives someone to get serious about a healthy weight through weight loss surgery? Haroon Anwar, MD, FACS, a surgeon at the Center, said each story is unique but a few common themes emerge. “Often, my patients see parents go through health problems, and they commit to becoming more healthconscious,” Dr. Anwar said. “They also get tired of taking multiple medications to treat obesity-related illness such as high blood pressure. They want to feel better.” Many want to get back to doing activities they once enjoyed or have yet to try, added Troy Houseworth, MD, FACS, a surgeon at the Center. “The weight has kept them off their feet, which has caused them to gain more weight. It’s a vicious cycle,” he said.

Are you ready to change? Whatever the reason people seek out surgery, weight gain that persists and causes a person to have a body-mass index of 40 or up — or 35 and up plus a comorbid condition such as diabetes — usually makes a person a candidate for weight loss surgery. A good first step, said Dr. Houseworth, is to come to a free, no-obligation seminar to learn about surgical weight loss options. “Patients get an overview of the different surgeries and learn for themselves which one fits them best,” he said.


Haroon P. Anwar, MD, FACS

Troy Houseworth, MD, FACS

Franciscan Center for Weight Management also offers effective medical weight loss, which includes guided weight loss, extensive nutrition education, and even group programming. No matter how much weight you have to lose, Franciscan is ready to help you achieve a healthy weight.

Take the first step! Sign up for a free seminar on weight loss surgery at or call 1-888-825-3227.

Life’s looking up again


Terri Coty’s lifelong weight issue had worsened to 260 pounds. Along with it came arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression. The 58-year-old said she was on a downward spiral — until she researched weight loss surgeries and attended a Franciscan Center for Weight Management seminar. “I tried every diet,” Terri explained. “I would reach my goal, then something in my mind would say it’s time to eat again. But after the seminar and learning about my options, I was pumped up. I thought, ‘I can do this!’” After a brief, supervised medical weight loss plan prior to surgery, Terri had her gastric bypass

in November 2011. She reached her goal weight of 143 pounds at the end of September 2012 — a loss of 117 pounds in less than a year. Some other important numbers? Her dress and pant size dropped from a size 20 to a size 4. And her triglycerides fell from 302 to 64. But to Terri, one of her most important numbers is the circumference of her waist — because her family can now get their arms all the way around to give her hugs. Terri can also play on the floor with her grandchildren. Her co-morbid conditions have either resolved or improved drastically — including her mood. “My energy levels are through the roof. I’d do it 10 times over again!”



To learn more about Franciscan after-hours, ask your physician, a member of our care team or visit

We’re always on call Our new after-hours service offers patients the future of telemedicine now Who hasn’t been there: You wake up in the middle of the night with a fever and a cough, a stomach virus takes over your household at midnight or a Janis Fegley, DO mysterious rash appears on your child’s leg right after bath time. Before, your options consisted of taking a trip to the emergency room or an urgent care Cliff Robertson, clinic or counting the MD, COO hours until your doctor’s office opens. Now Franciscan Medical Group patients have another choice. “With Franciscan after-hours service, care is available to our primary care patients who have medical issues that come up after office hours or when our Prompt Care urgent care clinics are closed, but the problem isn’t acute 10

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enough to have to go to the ER,” said Janis Fegley, DO, a family medicine physician at Franciscan Medical Clinic – Canyon Road, and Franciscan Medical Group primary care division chief.

Quality care, quick service When you call any Franciscan primary care clinic after the clinic has closed, a team of physicians or advanced registered nurse practitioners are ready to care for you through a “virtual visit.” The provider may be able to treat you over the phone. “For example, they can call a prescription into a 24/7 pharmacy and you can get started on the medication right away,” Dr. Fegley said. In some instances, you may be able to video chat with the provider so he or she can see and diagnose an issue like a burn or a rash. “This service doesn’t replace primary care, but increases your access

to it,” said Cliff Robertson, MD, chief operating officer of Franciscan Health System. After your virtual appointment, the provider will e-mail a visit summary to both you and your primary care provider. “It is truly an extension of your relationship to your Franciscan primary care doctor,” Dr. Robertson said.

More money in your pocket Not only is the service incredibly convenient, it’s also affordable. “The cost is significantly less than the typical co-pay of an emergency room or urgent care visit,” Dr. Robertson said. Currently, this service is available to those covered by commercial insurance or without coverage for a $20 flat fee billed directly to the patient. Now you don’t have to wonder if that terrible cough or stomachache can wait until morning — we’re there for you whenever you need us — day or night.

The best care for our littlest patients All babies need loving, expert care to usher them into the bright, bustling world outside their mother’s womb. Some, especially those born very early or critically ill, need specialized monitoring and support. The Family Birth Center at St. Joseph Medical Center offers a complete range of prenatal, obstetric, delivery and post-partum care — even for fragile newborns — right here in the South Sound.

Neonatal intensive care at St. Joseph and Seattle Children’s partnership Through a new partnership which began April 1, 2013, Seattle Children’s Hospital neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners provide 24/7 care in the Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) opening soon at

Franciscan’s Peter Robilio, MD, and Seattle Children’s Roberta Tauto’o, ARNP, provide care for baby Nolan Ehret born January 9, 2013.

St. Joseph Medical Center. To make room for the NICU, St. Joseph has remodeled and expanded its Level II special care nursery. “For families, this means being able to get advanced care close to home,” said Peter Peter Robilio, MD Robilio, MD, maternal-fetal medicine specialist and medical director for women’s services for Franciscan. “Staff in the NICU can care for newborns who arrive as many as 12 weeks early or weigh as little as 2 pounds, 2 ounces. We can also provide respiratory services, such as ventilation for babies who need help breathing. Ellen Hu, MD These are real advancements in what we’re able to offer in our communities.” If your baby needs this high level of care, you can now stay together in the same hospital right here at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Get life off to a positive start The Family Birth Center at St. Joseph brings more than 3,800 babies into the world each year, making it the busiest birth center in the South Sound. Along with obstetricians, the center has a midwife team and a doula program. “Everyone at the birth center is passionate about providing expert, personalized care and making sure the mother and baby are safe and the entire family feels comfortable,” said Ellen Hu, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist at Franciscan Women’s Health Associates at St. Joseph. The birth center’s private labor-and-delivery rooms include whirlpool tubs for waterbirths, and the private post-partum rooms are spacious and comfortable. A mom’s support person has a place to sleep in the room with her, and her baby “rooms in” as well so they can bond and breastfeed. It’s all part of Franciscan’s commitment to provide moms with the birth experience they choose and give you the highest level of specialized family care you need.


 ive your baby the best. G To learn more about the Family Birth Center at St. Joseph, visit


Put your sleep problems to rest Do you often feel tired during the day? Do you sometimes nod off while sitting at your desk or talking to your spouse? You may think these signs are related to stress, but a sleep disorder could be at play. “Sleep makes up one-third of our lifetime,” said board certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist David Brown, MD, who is also medical director of the St. Francis Sleep Disorders Center in Federal Way. “Inadequate amounts of sleep can affect your daytime functioning, alertness, attention and memory.” Insufficient sleep can also increase your risk for a variety of health problems, including weight gain, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease and impaired immune function, said Maria Lomarda, MD, a board certified primary care physician at Franciscan Medical Clinic at St. Joseph.

Breathe easier, sleep better “If you think you have a sleep problem, you may want to ask your doctor for a referral to a Franciscan Sleep Disorders Center,” said board certified pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist David Shaw, MD, medical director of the St. Clare Sleep Disorders Center in

A better night’s rest is close by! St. Clare Sleep Disorders Center 11307 Bridgeport Way S.W., Lakewood (253) 985-6951

David Brown, MD

St. Francis Sleep Disorders Center 34509 Ninth Ave. S., Suite 105, Federal Way (253) 944-7555 St. Anthony Sleep Disorders Center on Pt. Fosdick 4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. N.W., Suite 320, Gig Harbor (253) 853-2999

Lakewood. “Sophisticated technology allows our Sleep Disorders Centers staff the ability to perform comprehensive overnight sleep tests that evaluate what’s causing your problem.” Sleep tests are performed in a comfortable, home-like atmosphere. During the sleep test electrodes, and a heart rate monitor, help measure brain waves, eye movement and heart and muscle activity. “Sleep tests are most commonly used to diagnose sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, your breathing may pause

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repeatedly throughout the night. The most common kind is obstructive sleep apnea, in which your airway becomes blocked while you sleep,” said Dr. Brown. If you have sleep apnea, a sleep specialist can offer treatment options such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). The machine’s mask fits over your nose and applies gentle pressure to help keep your airway open while you sleep. Patients who use a CPAP often report that they sleep and feel better very quickly. Experts at the Sleep Disorders Center also treat sleep problems such as insomnia, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, sleepwalking, narcolepsy and more.

Improve your sleep and your quality of life Some patients have the option of doing a home sleep study. Rather than staying overnight at the center, you’ll receive a kit to use overnight with items that record information such as airflow, blood oxygen levels and breathing effort. A sleep specialist can use this data to help diagnose an issue. “Sleep problems often go undiagnosed for far too long,” Dr. Brown said. “Treatments are available that can improve your sleep as well as your overall quality of life.”

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Spring 2013

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Events Miles for Meso WA Memorial 5k Run/Walk Hosted by the Mesothelioma Foundation in partnership with the Federal Way Community Center. Cost: $20 until 4/30/13; then $25 until 6/25/13. After and day of is $30. Kids 9 and under: $15. All proceeds go to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Register at, at the FWCC. » Thurs., July 4; 9 a.m.; FEDERAL WAY, Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St.

2013 Enumclaw Garden Tour The self-guided tour starts at Country Farm & Feed where participants can pick up maps and descriptions. Proceeds will benefit the Care Van program which offers free healthcare related transportation to plateau residents. Cost: $15 advance/$20 at door. To register, call (360) 802-3206 or visit » Sat., June 22; ENUMCLAW, Country Farm & Feed

St. Francis Hospital Winemakers’ Farm-To-Table Dinner & Auction Uncorked, a Winemakers’ Farm-to-Table dinner featuring a gourmet five course meal, accompanying Washington wine pairings, and silent and live auction items. Benefiting St. Francis Cancer Care Services and the purchase of on-board imaging (OBI) equipment for the oncology linear accelerator. Cost: $250 per person, $3,000 for a corporate table. For more information call (253) 428-8411. » Sat., May 4; 6 – 10 p.m.; TACOMA, Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway

St. Francis Hospital Golf Tournament Washington National Golf Club will host this 26th annual fundraiser on the greens featuring 18 holes of golf, BBQ lunch and awards dinner. Cost of golf with cart is $225 per person, $900 for a foursome, $50 per dinner guest. Company sponsorships are available. Proceeds benefit St. Francis Radiation Oncology services. For more information call (253) 428-8411. » Mon., July 15; 1:30 p.m.; shotgun start; AUBURN, Washington National Golf Club, 14330 SE Husky Way

See something you like? Mark your calendar! Franciscan Health System offers these upcoming events and resources to help promote healing of mind, body and spirit.

Brett Erickson Golf Classic and Fairway Dinner Play With Heart! at the Brett Erickson Golf Classic and Fairway Dinner benefiting St. Anthony Hospital Cardiovascular Suite. The Fairway Dinner, chaired by Dr. Raed Fahmy will feature silent and live auctions and dancing. Cost of golf only is $175/person with a BBQ lunch and $275 including the Fairway Dinner; dinner-only tickets are $150/person. Please call (253) 428-8411for tickets and sponsorships. » Fri., June 2; 12 p.m.; shotgun start; GIG HARBOR, Canterwood Golf & Country Club, 12606 54th Ave. NW

Roll the Dice for Breast Care! Join us for an evening of bunco, prizes and refreshments as we raise money for women in our community who can’t afford mammograms or other breast health services. $22/person. Mammo Martinis and Cosmos for Cancer will be available for purchase. Reservations required. Donations also accepted. To register, call 1-888-825-3227 or visit » Thur., May 16, 6:30 p.m.; FIRCREST, Fircrest Golf Club, 1500 Regents Blvd

2013 American Cancer Society Relay for Life Franciscan Health System is a proud sponsor of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life events. Cost: Free. For more information visit To register, contact Jamie Dobosz at (253) 426-6746. » Fri., May 31-Sat., June 1; LAKEWOOD, Clover Park High School, 11023 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW » Fri., June 7; FEDERAL WAY, Saghalie Middle School, 33914 19th Ave. SW » Fri., June 14; GIG HARBOR, Goodman Middle School, 3701 38th Ave. » Fri., June 14; LAKEWOOD, Mt. Tahoma High School, 4634 S 74th St. » Sat., July 13; ENUMCLAW, JJ Smith Elementary, 1640 Fell St.

Service of Remembrance: In Loving Memory of our Dialysis Patients Join us as we honor the lives of dialysis patients

who are no longer with us. Cost is free. Please RSVP to Thina Truong at (253) 426-6071 or email » Wed, May 29, 1-3 p.m., Tacoma, St. Joseph Medical Center Chapel, 1717 S. J Street

Women Living with Metastatic Disease Retreat Franciscan Health System is partnering with Pacific Rehabilitation Centers to co-host this retreat. Meet other women living with all types of Stage IV cancer and learn more about new treatment and empowerment strategies. $95/person. To register, call 1-888-825-3227 or visit . Scholarships are available by contacting Bobbi Meins, (425) 644-4100. » Thur., April 25 – Fri., April 26; Check-in begins at 11 a.m. Thursday; FEDERAL WAY, Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades; 4700 SW Dash Point Rd

March of Dimes Annual March for Babies Takes steps for the half million babies born too soon each year - join us for the annual March of Dimes march for babies. Call (253) 752-9255 for registration. » Sat., May 18, TACOMA, Wilson High School, 1202 N. Orchard


Family Education For more information about our family education classes and to register, call 1-888-825-3227 or visit

Childbirth Preparation Three Franciscan hospitals offer childbirth preparation classes. Topics include pregnancy comfort measures, labor and birth including variations and interventions, and postpartum. $125/couple or free with Provider One/ DSHS card. Family Birth Center Maternity Reception and Tour Be prepared for your upcoming delivery with a tour of the birth center and tips for going home with your baby. FREE!

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Health Talks Healthy is Delicious — Eating a Mediterranean Diet Learn from our Franciscan Cancer Care experts why foods such as olive oil, legumes, nuts and fish can improve your health. Enjoy a cooking demonstration with a Franciscan chef, showing you how to prepare these foods at Healthy is Delicious. Cost is $10 per person and includes many appetizers. Space is limited. Register by calling 1-888-825-3227. » Thurs., May 2; 6 – 8 p.m.; GIG HARBOR, St. Anthony Hospital, Smalling Conference Room » Thurs., May 23; 6 – 8 p.m.; GIG HARBOR, St. Anthony Hospital, Smalling Conference Room » Dates TBD; 6 – 8 p.m.; LAKEWOOD, St. Clare Hospital Classrooms A, B & C

preparation specifically addressing the unique needs of young people 19 and under. $60/couple or free with Provider One/DSHS card.

priorities, life adjustment, fears, problem solving, partnership and basic infant care. $50/person.

Newborn Preparation A resource for parents

designed to nurture the bond between parents and babies. $60 for parents and baby.

CPR/Child Safety Learn basic resuscitation and how to make your home safe for children. $60/person, $90/couple.

Safe Sitter Babysitting training for adolescents. Discusses many topics including how to handle emergencies. $75/person. Free Car Seat Safety Check Is your child’s car seat installed correctly? Certified technicians will show you how to install your car seat according to national safety guidelines. To make an appointment and for details, call (206) 987-SAFE or visit


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Reduce Your Risk for Stroke Join Dennis Wang, MD, as he discusses risk factors, stroke prevention, the latest treatments and proper steps to take in the event you or a loved one shows signs of a stroke. To register, call 1-888-825-3227 or visit » Tues., May 1, 6-7:30 p.m.; TACOMA, La Quinta Inn & Suites, 1425 East 27th Street

Join Caroline Carlson, ARNP, from the Franciscan Spine Center as she discusses how the back works, common back problems and some of the latest surgical and non-surgical treatments that can get you back to living your active life. To register, call 1-888-825-3227 or visit: » Tues., May 7, 6-7:30 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 South J. Street, Lagerquist Conference Room

Conscious Fathering Dads-to-be discuss

Infant Massage Fun, relaxing 3-hour class

Come hear leading Orthopedic Surgeon, Patrick Vaughan, MD, talk about new approaches to managing painful knees, from innovative approaches to managing knee pain to new techniques used during knee replacement. To register, please call 1-888-825-3227 or visit: » Tues., May 21, 6-7:30 p.m.; TACOMA, La Quinta Inn & Suites, 1425 East 27th St

Understanding and Treating Back Pain

Breastfeeding Preparation Covers basic breastfeeding initiation tips and accessing postpartum lactation resources. $50/couple.

preparing for discharge after delivery. This one time class includes topics such as postpartum care of mom and baby, hints for adjusting to new roles, basic newborn care and resources. $50/couple.

Relief for Achy Knees

Options and Innovations in Joint Replacement A Healthy Heart Is a Happy Heart Join us for a free health talk, where Cardiologist Jeffrey Rose, MD, Franciscan Medical Center-Cole Street, will discuss risk factors for heart disease, as well as provide info about arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, heart failure, and how you can reduce your risks. » Wed., May 8; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; ENUMCLAW, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Rainier Conference Room, 1455 Battersby Ave.

Your Heart Questions Answered! Join us for a free health talk, where Cardiologist Ming Zhang, MD, Franciscan Heart & Vascular Associates, will discuss risk factors for heart disease, as well as provide info about arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, heart failure and how you can reduce your risks. To register, call 1-888-825-3227 or visit » Wed., May 22, 6 - 7:30 pm.; FEDERAL WAY, Best Western Plus Evergreen Inn & Suites, 32124 25th Avenue S

Are painful hips and knees slowing you down? Robert Yancey, MD, orthopedic surgery expert, discusses the latest innovations in implants and surgical techniques that are helping patients heal faster, experience less pain and create longerlasting joints. To register, call 1-888-825-3227 or visit: » Wed., April 24, 6-7:30 p.m.; Gig Harbor, Inn at Gig Harbor, 3211 56th St. NW

Advancements in Joint Replacement If you are suffering from hip or knee pain caused by arthritis or another condition, come hear leading Orthopedic Surgeon, Richard Gray, MD, discuss the latest developments in joint replacement surgery, as well as non-surgical treatment options that are available to you. To register, call 1-888-825-3227 or visit » Thurs., April 18, 6 - 7:30 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY, Best Western Plus Evergreen Inn & Suites, 32124 25th Ave. S

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Classes

Classes Living Well With Kidney Disease This free class will help those with chronic kidney disease understand their condition better, learn ways to preserve kidney function and live a better life with kidney disease. To register, please call 1-888-825-3227 or visit » Wed., May 1, 2:30-5:30 p.m. » Wed., Aug. 7, 2:30-5:30 p.m. TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 South J. St.

A life-skills practice that will help reduce stress and is ideal for people living with anxiety and depression, cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, high blood pressure, sleep disorders or other ongoing conditions. Given by Franciscan Neurologist John Wendt, MD, the course will be conducted in a 1-hour orientation session, eight 2.5-hour weekly classes and a 7-hour Saturday retreat. Instruction includes: meditation, body scan and gentle hatha yoga, class discussion and mindful communication, stress physiology, workbook and three CDs. Cost: $300/person. To register, call 1-888-825-3227 or visit

Weight Loss Surgery — Learn the Facts

Parkinson’s Support Group

Join this FREE seminar to learn your surgical options at the Franciscan Center for Weight Management, a designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Registration is required. Go to or call 1-888-825-3227.

A support group for those with Parkinson’s disease (or their loved ones) which provides valuable health information, resources and camaraderie. For more information, contact Doug Manuel at manuel@ or (253) 858-8741. » 2nd Wednesday of every month, 4 -5:30 p.m.; GIG HARBOR, St. Anthony Hospital, Green Point Dining Room, 11567 Canterwood Blvd NW

Medical Weight Loss Need to lose 30 pounds or less? Our weight loss program includes medically supervised options such as nutrition consultation, education and support groups. Call 1-800-823-6525 for more information. » FEDERAL WAY, Franciscan Center for Weight Management, 34509 Ninth Ave. S, Suite 310

Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups Whether you’re contemplating surgical weight loss or have already had surgery, we have a support group to meet your needs. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » LAKEWOOD, Third Monday of the Month, 6:30-7:30 p.m., St. Clare Hospital Resource Center » FEDERAL WAY, Second Tuesday of the Month, 1 - 2 p.m., St. Francis Hospital Medical Office Building, 34509 Ninth Ave. S

Heart Healthy Nutrition Series Heart healthy nutrition series is a 4-week class that will give you information on reading food labels, eating out, portion control and heart healthy eating. Cost: Free. Call 1-888-825-3227 to register. » First and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 9:30 -10:30 a.m.; TACOMA, Heart Center Education Room at St. Joseph Medical Center

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» Orientation Session April 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY, Class Series May 1 – June 19, 6:30-9 p.m.; Retreat, Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Francis Hospital, Courtyard Conference Room, 34515 9th Ave. S.

This group is for women who are heart attack survivors, are at risk for heart disease or want to learn more. E-mail or call (253) 426-4456 for more information. » Last Tues/month; 5 - 7 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 S J St.

Diabetes Support Groups Learn and find encouragement and support from others coping with diabetes. Call Franciscan’s Diabetes Services at (253) 426-6753 for more information. » Second Tuesday of the Month, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., GIG HARBOR, St. Anthony’s Hospital Conference Room A, 111567 Canterwood Blvd NW » Third Wednesday of the Month, Noon - 1 p.m., FEDERAL WAY, St. Francis Medical Office Building, 34509 9th Ave. S » Fourth Monday of the Month, Noon - 1 p.m., TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center , Dining Rooms 1 & 2, 1717 South J St.

Most programs and classes are free, but many require registration. For more information, call the number listed. ST. JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER 1717 S. J St Tacoma • 253-426-4101

ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL 34515 Ninth Ave S Federal Way • 253-944-8100

ST. CLARE HOSPITAL 11315 Bridgeport Way S.W. Lakewood • 253-985-1711

ST. ELIZABETH HOSPITAL 1455 Battersby Ave Enumclaw • 360-802-8800

ST. ANTHONY HOSPITAL 11567 Canterwood Blvd N.W. Gig Harbor • 253-530-2000

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