CHI Franciscan Health announced today the grand opening of the fifth floor at Gig Harbor’s St. Anthony’s Hospital, a 25,000-square-foot expansion that adds 32 more beds to increase the facility’s overall capacity by 40 percent.

“Building out the fifth floor of St. Anthony Hospital ensures we are able to meet the health care needs of our growing communities in West Pierce and Kitsap counties,” said Ketul J. Patel, Chief Executive Officer of CHI Franciscan Health. “Today’s grand opening is a testament to CHI Franciscan’s commitment to increase access to high quality care and serve more patients and families throughout region.”

The expansion will serve as the hospital’s new surgical floor. The added beds will also provide relief for the high occupancy rate at St. Anthony. Other features include a strategically designed medication dispensing area and a layout that allows for increasing observation of patients by the nursing staff.

 “This groundbreaking expansion will further transform St. Anthony Hospital, allowing CHI Franciscan to provide its high-quality, premier health care services to more patients in the region,” said David Schultz, market president for the peninsula region of CHI Franciscan. “We are proud of the investment we have made, and are confident that this expansion will help us continue to provide exceptional health care services to all of our patients.”

 “On behalf of the Gig Harbor community and the local businesses, we are very excited to have CHI Franciscan Health as one of our key partners,” added Warren Zimmerman, president and CEO of Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce. “We appreciate the fact that they recognized the community’s growing need for additional hospital beds and responded accordingly by expanding St. Anthony Hospital. We are confident this new expansion will provide much needed relief to the patients and families throughout Gig Harbor and beyond.”