Center for
Learning & Innovation

Centered on Excellence

In-no-va-tion (noun) in healthcare

Developing and implementing new processes, services or products that improve:
-patient experiences
-lower costs
-improve quality
Explore our latest medical & health innovations as supported by our strategic objectives.

Healthy Steps Together

Healthy Steps Together is a 12 week comprehensive and innovative weight management program developed by Pullman Regional Hospital. The program offers a unique combination of expert information and evidence-based coaching that incorporates the power of positive psychology with inspirational and expert guest speakers. Together in a group setting, participants explore the truth about successful weight loss and maintenance, meal planning, mindful eating, goal setting, physical activity and much, much more!

Care Coordination

The Social Work Extender Program is designed to identify and address barriers to health faced by populations in Whitman County. In a unique partnership with Washington State University, undergraduate Human Development students are serving as “social work extenders” in internships at Pullman Regional Hospital. As social work extenders, the students in primary care clinics in Pullman, at the Palouse Free Clinic and independent living and low income housing facilities in Whitman County.

Telestroke Technology

In the event of a stroke, “Time is Brain” refers to the narrow window of time to accurately diagnose a stroke and administer clot-busting medication before disability or death is imminent. At Pullman Regional Hospital, Telestroke technology provides a 24-hour connection to expert stroke neurologists through audio and video teleconferencing, enabling the specialist to see, hear, and talk to the patient, hospital physician and nurses.

FACULTY FELLOWSHIP

The Pullman Regional Hospital Center for Learning and Innovation announces a competitive fellowship for Washington State University faculty. Through the Community Health Impact Fellowship, we hope to encourage community collaboration, collegiality and productivity to dramatically improve health care delivery, lower costs and improve patient outcomes.

RQI

Practice makes perfect – even in the case of saving a life. The standard in the healthcare industry is for healthcare providers to take Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) every two years. Pullman Regional Hospital is committed to maintaining competency in this life saving skill by adopting Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI), a comprehensive learning system developed by the American Heart Association to address the “problem of rapid skills decay.”

Certified Nurse Midwife

Pullman Regional Hospital is the only hospital in Southwestern Washington that has a Certified Nurse Midwife as an option for in-hospital delivery. Our hospital-based midwifery service focuses on high quality, low-intervention care. Midwifery care is based on the assumption that most pregnancies, labors and births are normal processes that result in healthy outcomes for both mothers and babies. Midwives are trained to recognize problems when they arise and seek medical expertise and interventions when necessary.

New VeinViewer® Vision

Getting poked for a blood draw is no one’s idea of a good time. And if you have veins that are hard to find, it can be a difficult experience not only for the patient but the provider, who may have to “stick” the patient several times before a vein is successfully found. Drawing blood or inserting an IV on a child is even more difficult for a number of reasons, including smaller veins, subcutaneous fat and greater elasticity of skin.

da Vinci Robotics

The da Vinci surgical robotics system is nothing short of amazing in the hands of a skilled surgeon. When compared to traditional or laparoscopic surgery, patients report less pain, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker return to their daily activities. Eight surgeons in our area are trained on Pullman Regional Hospital’s da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical system for procedures in urology, gynecology, and some general surgery.

COPPER INNOVATION

Pullman Regional Hospital has become an early adopter of antimicrobial copper throughout our facilities after studies found that the age-old metal can continuously kill deadly bacteria. The installation of copper on more than 1,100 high-touch surface areas in the hospital is another way of reducing hospital-acquired infections and keeping our patients safe.