primary care

Foundation Construction Nearly Complete on University District Health Clinic

The Spokesman Review's "The Dirt" section recently reported out on the progress of the new University District Health Clinic, which is being constructed as part of the Spokane Teaching Health Consortium's work to grow physician supply in Eastern Washington.  EHF is proud to partner with Providence Health Care and the Washington State University Spokane to transform Eastern Washington into the state's healthiest region!

Architect's rendering of University District Health Clinic, slated to open mid-2016.

Architect's rendering of University District Health Clinic, slated to open mid-2016.

Visit STHC's website to learn more about this public-private partnership, and click below to download the FAQs!

Originally posted by our friends at The Spokesman Review.

Foundation work is nearly complete for the $16 million University District Health Clinic, and Bouten Construction expects to start erecting structural steel next month.

The two-story, 42,000-square-foot clinic will be on the southeast edge of the Riverpoint Campus, directly south across the street from Schade Towers and east of The Bookie.

It is expected to open in mid-2016 at 624 E. Front Ave.

Brian Sayler, Bouten senior project manager, said preliminary site work started in May. The new building’s exterior will have brick and metal wall panels. The interior includes areas for 55 exam rooms, a gym for occupational and physical therapy services, behavioral health counseling, an X-ray imaging suite, and pharmacy.

The U-District clinic will be operated by a consortium of Providence, WSU Spokane and the Empire Health Foundation. It will provide a variety of health services and be a venue for medical residents to practice, along with nursing, pharmacy and other health sciences students from WSU and Eastern Washington University.

The residents and students will practice under the supervision of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other providers and serve many of the same patients now cared for at two residency clinics in the Fifth and Browne Medical Center. Those clinics will close and move to the new site.

Spokane holds public forum on the state's new Medicaid Waiver Pilot


We were so excited to be involved in the public forum on Washington's new Section 1115 Global Medicaid Waiver yesterday!  Alison Carl-White, executive director of Better Health Together, teamed up with Lynn Kimball of Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington and Kari Chapman of Catholic Charities Spokane to discuss the waiver program's potential roles in achieving the Triple Aim:  better health, better care, and reduced costs.

This waiver program utilizes Accountable Communities of Health and payment reform to incentivize better health outcomes on a population level, with a focus on reducing institutional treatment and making the move toward more home- and community-based supports.  Going even further, the waiver presents an opportunity to local communities to develop reinvestment strategies that capture savings and retain them locally, which we believe is truly game-changing.

Check out the Spokesman Review article below for more information on the forum and on the waiver program.

How we are partnering with Providence and WSU to grow physician supply

The Spokane Teaching Health Consortium is already achieving big results in growing the pipeline of primary care providers in Eastern Washington, and this document we produced with the other two consortium partners, Providence Health Care and Washington State University Spokane, aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this work.  You can find the FAQs on the STHC website, or download the PDF below:

WSU Health Sciences Update features Spokane Teaching Health Consortium

Check out this video produced by our friends at Washington State University Health Sciences featuring EHF Board Chair Dr. Matt Layton and Spokane Teaching Health Consortium's Operations Director Traci Couture!  It gives a great overview of STHC's work to date, including groundbreaking on the University District Health Clinic (UDHC) which is slated to open in summer 2016.  The UDHC will be the new home for residents currently practicing at the Fifth and Browne Clinic, which sees around 35,000 patients per year, and it will include teaching space for interprofessional training.  The opportunity for this team-based training is crucial, as Matt explains:

What we know is that the reason that the team works is we all have our strengths, and we’re taking care of the one individual with these complex needs that permeate all of our specialties.

The result of robust partnership and collaboration between WSU Spokane, Providence Health Care, and EHF, the UDHC is poised to offer exactly this type of training in a community clinic setting, which means that these residents will be providing care to the Spokane community as part of their training.

Growing the number of graduate medical education residencies is one of the keys to growing physician supply here in Eastern Washington.  Watch the full video for more on the exciting developments in STHC's work!

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.