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!

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.