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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!

Celebrating WSU Med School!

Our partners at Washington State University Spokane have released a statement naming the Elson S. Floyd School of Medicine in honor of the late university president.  A tribute to Dr. Floyd's leadership, the name is a perfect fit for the new med school.  Additionally, we are thrilled to join WSU Spokane in welcoming John Tomkowiak, who is to be the inaugural Dean.  What a great day for medical education in Eastern Washington!

Take a look at the article from the Spokesman or download below to get the full story on these exciting developments!

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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.

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.