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Point Ruston’s new Public Market is designed from the ground-up as a healthy, active space for families and communities in a uniquely Northwest atmosphere

(TACOMA, Washington) – May 23, 2019 – CHI Franciscan and Point Ruston are proud to announce that CHI Franciscan’s Northwest Healthy campaign, an ongoing commitment to nurture the community’s well-being, will be the lead sponsor of The Public Market at Point Ruston. The partnership between CHI Franciscan and Point Ruston will support the vibrant new Public Market and provide ongoing wellness education and interactive opportunities to live Northwest Healthy lives.

The Public Market at Point Ruston will feature two prominent Northwest Healthy spaces, including the Northwest Healthy Demonstration Kitchen and the Northwest Healthy Event Kitchen. Both of these kitchens will provide interactive cooking experiences inside the 30,000 square foot bustling retail space, housing locally-sourced fresh meats, produce, and year-round culinary experiences.

“We are committed to our mission of creating healthier communities by supporting programs and resources that encourage a healthy lifestyle.” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO of CHI Franciscan. “Our partnership with Point Ruston, including our two Northwest Healthy Kitchens, will provide our neighbors and families with an environment that promotes incorporating healthy habits into their daily lives.”

The Northwest Healthy Demonstration Kitchen will provide an open, inviting space for local market vendors to showcase their products, work with local chefs, interact with people, and allow shoppers to watch, ask questions, and get recipes. The Northwest Healthy Event Kitchen will offer a full kitchen, open seating area, and the ability to transform the space for community and private meetings and events.

“Fresh food is an essential ingredient to a Northwest Healthy lifestyle and the kitchens will help the community explore the important relationship between food and nutrition,” says Holly Martindale, registered dietitian at St. Joseph Medical Center. “Making healthy choices when shopping and learning how to prepare delicious, well-balanced meals, will keep individuals and their families healthy for generations to come.”

Built across 97 acres, Point Ruston is a waterfront resort-inspired village that encourages people to walk, bike, and be active. A June through September farmer’s market, summer concert series, and more, provide family fun and interactive spaces to enjoy the waterfront, meet neighbors, sample healthy food, and listen to music from local artists. Building vibrant community spaces are the central component of Point Ruston – and a key element to creating Northwest Healthy communities.

“Our vision from the beginning was to convert and repurpose this beautiful waterfront property, reclaiming it from its industrial past and creating a place where kids, families, visitors and the community alike can play, eat, and relax as part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Point Ruston’s Managing Director Loren Cohen. “Point Ruston is excited and appreciative of CHI Franciscan’s support to bring this vision to reality.”

More information on how to request to use the Northwest Healthy Demonstration Kitchen or the Northwest Healthy Event Kitchen will be announced in early Fall 2019.

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About CHI Franciscan

CHI Franciscan is a Catholic nonprofit health system based in Tacoma, Washington, with $2.45 billion in
total revenue and a team of more than 12,000 physicians, providers, nurses, and staff that provide expert, compassionate medical care at 11 acute care hospitals and over 200 primary and specialty care clinics throughout the greater Puget Sound. This includes St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton and Silverdale; Highline Medical Center, Burien; Regional Hospital, Burien; CHI Franciscan Rehabilitation Hospital, Tacoma, and Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital, Tacoma. Started  in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan is one of the largest health systems in Washington state. The system is comprised of more than 1,200 hospital beds and over 4,000 credentialed providers offering cardiovascular care, cancer care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences, women’s care and other health care services. CHI Franciscan’s mission is to create healthier communities, including caring for the poor and underserved. In fiscal year 2018, the organization provided $190 million in community benefit—free, subsidized, and reduced cost health care and programs. Follow CHI Franciscan on Facebook, Twitter @CHIFranciscan and Instagram @chi.franciscan or go to our website for information

About Point Ruston

Situated along nearly one mile of Puget Sound waterfront, Point Ruston is a new, resort-inspired village with panoramic views of the South Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and Mount Rainier. Point Ruston’s entertainment, dining, and shopping district will include 75+ street-level shops and restaurants including the luxury nine-screen Century Theatres, a specialty grocer, and a four-star, full service Silver Cloud Hotel.

Point Ruston is an exceptional 97 acre property along the shores of the Puget Sound. One of the last remaining undeveloped waterfront properties of its size — Point Ruston is a rare find in this region. This vibrant urban neighborhood is developing into a Northwest hot spot to live, work, shop, dine, play and stay on the waterfront.


  1. Hi! I work with a local, family owned and operated produce company. We work very closely with tons of local growers. We’d love to have an opportunity to work with the new Public Market going in, as it seems like a good fit. Is there a good contact that I can reach out to?

    Thank you so much!