Expanding its South King County medical services, Tacoma's Franciscan Health System Thursday will open a new medical pavilion in downtown Auburn.
The opening of the new building at 205 10th Street NE will add another provider to the competitive medical mix in Auburn where Franciscan's Tacoma rival, MultiCare Health System, last year bought Auburn Regional Medical Center and expanded its Covington clinic. Franciscan already operates St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way and Highline Medical Center in Burien in South King Couinty.
Valley Medical Center in Renton already collaborates with UW Medicine to attract patients in Auburn.
The new Franciscan Pavilion will include family medical care, cardiology, vascular surgery, general surgery and digital x-ray, pharmacy and laboratory services.
The medical services provider will occupy 21,000 square feet of the 38,000-square-foot, two-story building. That building was developed by Latitude Development. Architects were John Graves Architects and Planners PLLC and Collins-Woerman.
Same day appointments will be available to see primary care providers.
"We know our patients have busy lives , and we want to make seeing a Franciscan family doctor as easy as possible," said Tony McLean, president of St. Francis Hospital.
Specialty services will be provided by Franciscan Vascular Associates, Franciscan Heart and Vascular Associates and Franciscan Surgical Associates. The latter will focus on colon and rectal surgery.
Seven Franciscan physicians will be relocating to the new facility. The new building is designed to create a highly efficient workflow to maximize the amount of time medical personnel can spend with patients, the health system said.
Franciscan Health System includes a network of hospitals, specialty centers and clinics in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties. Among those are St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw; St. Anthony Medical Center in Gig Harbor; Highline Medical Center, Burien and Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton.