Despite telling state they didn’t need the money, Pierce health care giants seek public funds for new psychiatric hospital
MultiCare and CHI Franciscan, the South Sound’s two regional health care giants, told state regulators in 2014 that they had the money and intention to pay to build a badly needed psychiatric hospital in Tacoma.
Since then, the health systems have embarked on a campaign to raise as much as half of the facility’s $40.6 million projected construction costs from outside sources.
That’s included seeking money from local governments, some of whom are struggling to address budget deficits and pay for other priorities.
Officials for MultiCare and Franciscan, which will own and operate the hospital, told The News Tribune recently that they decided to seek outside help — they’re also asking for state and federal grants and private donations — for multiple reasons.