St. Joseph Medical Center (SJMC) in Tacoma, Washington, is the flagshiphospital of the Franciscan Health System, based in Tacoma. It is ten city blocks south of Tacoma General (TG), which is also located on J street. TG is part of Multicare, the other major health system in the south sound that competes with FHS. There is a long history between these two facilities (now health systems) dating back over 120 years. This has created an environment where each hospital strives to top the other in delivering the best care in the area. St. Josephs Medical Center facility has over 340 beds, 21 operating rooms, and a five-story medical building on campus, in addition to two existing medical buildings. This brings the total on campus resources to 7 medical buildings. A majority of the hospital's infrastructure is below street level including two tunnels and extensive boilers generators and other environmental support machinery that is not known or seen by the casual passer-by or employee. There are numerous other auxiliary support service buildings that surround the campus. All of the buildings are attached by either sky bridges i.e. MOB or additional infrastructure. The main facility which includes the tower (historic landmark) is three separate buildings that have been built and expanded into a homogenous facility. Only the physicians building does not have a controlled climate hall or skyway connecting it to the rest of the campus. Franciscan is affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives, a national non-profit organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo.
Designated as a Level II trauma center, St. Joseph services include 24-hour emergency medical care; a brand new[when?] state of the art Level III NICU, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services; heart and vascular care; orthopedic services; rehabilitation services; cancer care; diagnostic imaging; physical, speech and occupational therapies; hospice; and a voluntary admit adult inpatient mental health program.
St. Joseph Medical Center was called St. Joseph Hospital when it was established by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1891. As a part of the not-for-profit and faith-based Franciscan Health System, the mission of St. Joseph Medical Center is "to nurture the healing ministry of the Church by bringing it new life, energy and viability in the 21st century. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we move toward the creation of healthier communities."