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CHI Franciscan Health to partner with Sounders, Mariners

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The teams and the Tacoma-based healthcare provider will enter into a multi-year partnership

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CHI Franciscan Health has agreed to a multi-year partnership agreement with the Seattle Sounders, Seattle Mariners, Tacoma Stars, and Tacoma Rainiers as "official Partners in Health", Sounder at Heart has learned. Franciscan has existing agreements with both the Rainiers and the Stars and is currently the shirt sponsor of the Stars.

The new agreements with the Mariners and Sounders include spots called NW Healthy Tips on TV and radio with Dan Wilson for the Mariners and digital video with Brad Evans for the Sounders. NW Healthy Tips will also be featured at games for all teams involved.

CHI Franciscan Health is based in Tacoma and operates eight major hospitals in Washington. Its subsidiaries, Franciscan Medical Group and Harrison Health Partners, operate clinics in the South Sound and the West Sound areas.

Because the agreements haven't been officially announced by the Mariners and the Sounders, it's unclear whether this will replace the existing agreement between the Sounders and Virginia Mason, although that will likely be the case.