December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter

It will soon be the darkest day of the year.  Yet it is also the season to give thanks. One of my patients has lost much in his life, but not his optimism.  Last week he noted that as each day goes by this winter we are one day closer to spring.  Optimism for the future. I don’t think we are in dark days, but the health care system is in great flux. Yet CHCW keeps looking toward the future. Don’t we look different in our 25th year. When I...

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November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017 Newsletter

Each year I give an annual update to our medical staff.  I cover some of the highlights of our past year, and a preview of changes for next year. Here is a synopsis of what I’ll present. Our residency program is going strong, with full accreditation from the ACGME with Osteopathic Recognition.  At this point in time we have trained and graduated 148 physicians. One core areas of service include our inpatient family medicine service, which...

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Newsletter October 2017

Newsletter October 2017

Since September we’ve added Carlin Miller, DO; Caitlin Hill, MD; and Midhuna Papazian, MD.  Dr. Miller, one of our graduates, is working as a modern day generalist.  He provides services for Senior Care one day a week, and the remainder of his time he works in the clinic, teaching residents, and delivering obstetrical and medical care in the hospital.  He started in early September.   Dr.’s Hill and Papazian have recently finished high risk...

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September 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

Family Medicine Residents Contribute to the Community The second year medical residents recently completed a one-month Community Medicine rotation. This rotation focuses on resident community and cultural immersion in Central Washington to promote culturally-sensitive healthcare and community collaboration and activism. Part of the rotation experience included work on community improvement projects. Drs. Aldaw, Foster, Ish-Shalom and Turner...

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Newsletter April 2017

Newsletter April 2017

As our coaches with Ignite note, change is inevitable.  Over the next year we hope to hire several new providers, a good change.  In the past, every physician hired in Ellensburg and at CWFM was a core faculty member. Historically, CHCW was one clinic and all the providers were essentially the same.  The family physicians all did OB and precepted residents in clinic.  Dr Pearson and the family docs all took call and covered the hospital.  Much...

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March 2017

March 2017

Some of you may love it, but some of you may not, and find politics distasteful.  We all complain ‘they’, the politicians, don’t seem to get anything done, and our disinterest in the political process is easily measured in primary and general election turnouts.  When more than 50% of the registered voters vote, we call it a resounding success.  A 25% turnout in a primary is accepted.  Not too many wring their hands at these numbers.  But if...

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