interprofessional training

Spokane Teaching Health Center Update

The Spokane Teaching Health Center is slated for a grand opening in September! Thanks to a powerful consortium and collaborative efforts from WSU, Providence, and Empire Health Foundation, the clinic is increasing the number of medical residency slots in Spokane, which will address the critical shortage of Primary Care doctors in our region.  STHC will pair Resident physicians with students and faculty in nursing, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, and social work, exposing each team member to the unique competencies of other professionals, training an interprofesssional workforce ready to address complex health issues. This is the wave of the future for both health education and delivery of health care systems.

“This collaboration of health educators has set the standard for how they will work together in the clinic,” Traci Couture told Lorraine Nelson for WSU Spokane Magazine. “I believe they will create a model for inter-professional health-care delivery that will be unique in the country and used by others.”

Traci Couture has served as Operations Director for STHC and has been instrumental in getting us to our grand opening day! It is with mixed emotions that we announce Traci will be taking on a new role at the Office of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. Traci worked tirelessly to add 18 new residency spots in Eastern Washington, and worked closely with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers to add these residents slots. So, we were only a little surprised when she left to serve as the Congresswoman’s new District Director.  We will miss her, but know we have a great advocate to keep increasing the number of Primary Care Residents for our region.

Thanks to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for visiting the Spokane Teaching Health Consortium

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for visiting the Spokane Teaching Health Consortium last Friday, January 22!  STHC Operations Director Traci Couture and Executive Director Dr. Bob Maudlin took Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers on a tour of the construction site that will house the new University District Health Clinic, which is slated to open in the middle of this year.  Check out the photo gallery below to see the site!

We would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the fantastic partnership that STHC is built upon, and thank Providence and the Washington State University Spokane for being such incredible partners.  Together, we are transforming Eastern Washington into the state's healthiest region!

EHF Board Chair Matt Layton on Eastern Washington's psychiatrist shortage

Care In Crisis, by Lael Henterly.  Article originally posted June 17, 2015 on

Care In Crisis, by Lael Henterly.  Article originally posted June 17, 2015 on

EHF Board Chair Matt Layton was featured on the Inlander website this past Wednesday in Lael Henterley's article "Care in Crisis" describing the psychiatrist shortage in Eastern Washington.  According to Dr. Layton, "We have patients, they have money, they have insurance.  They still can't get care. Our private practitioners are booked three months out."

Part of our work with the Spokane Teaching Health Consortium, a partnership with Washington State University Spokane and Providence Health Care aimed at growing medical residencies by 60% in our region, is expanding psychiatry residencies.

Welcome new medical residents to Spokane!

The Spokane Teaching Health Consortium welcomed its new residents to the Spokane community with breakfast this morning.  A total of 42 new graduate medical students started their residencies here this week!  A partnership between Providence Health Care, Washington State University Spokane, and Empire Health Foundation, the STHC is working to increase graduate medical education residencies by 60% in 2018 in order to grow the supply of primary care physicians in Eastern Washington.

Breaking Ground on the University District Health Clinic

Ground has been broken on the new University District Health Clinic (UDHC), the future home of the Spokane Teaching Health Consotrium's interprofessional medical provider training on the Washington State University Spokane campus!  This 42,000 square foot building will be home to Providence Internal Medicine Residency, Family Medicine Residency, Psychiatry Residency, and Pharmacy students, and will house a physical/occupational therapy gym, exam space, and a community classroom for teaching space.  Slated to open in mid-2016, the UDHC will play an integral role in growing the supply of physicians here in Eastern Washington!