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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!

An Update on the Spokane Teaching Health Center

The Spokane Teaching Health Center (STHC) is a consortium formed in 2013 whose members (Empire Health Foundation, Providence Health Care and Washington State University Spokane) leverage institutional expertise to improve access to health care in the Inland Northwest, including increasing the number of medical residencies.

The goal of the STHC is to grow residencies in Eastern Washington by 60% in five years.  Increasing graduate medical education in our region is key to increasing physician supply – nationally, 49% of physicians practice where they did their residencies.

Check out the video below from our partners at WSU for an update on the STHC and its future home, the University District Health Clinic, slated to open in mid-2016.

Matt Layton of WSU Spokane and Traci Couture talk about the Spokane Teaching Health Consortium and the new teaching health clinic under construction on the WSU Spokane campus.

For a full update, download PDF versions of the STHC Overview and FAQs below.

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!