Partners in Excellence

Partnerships are an integral part of our strategy as we move to the Next Era of Excellence. This includes our partnership with Washington State University. Partners in Excellence is an enhanced partnership that brings together the resources of the hospital and a leading research university with a medical school to improve community health.

Specific areas of collaboration are:

  • Health & Wellness Support and Education -  A commitment to build healthier communities, unique to the region, including the WSU student population and an aging population in a rural area of the state. Mobilizing resources and sharing expertise can result in improved health outcomes.
  • Clinical Affiliation Agreements/Workforce Training -  To provide experiential training and mentoring to enhance opportunities for students from all of WSU’s health sciences programs, WSU College of Nursing, WSU College of Pharmacy and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
  • Human Resources/Employee Recruitment & Retention -  As two major employers in the region, we will work together to coordinate and promote employment opportunities.
  • Advancement through Community and Alumni Engagement -  To work with supporters of both organizations, including WSU Alumni, to facilitate fundraising efforts for healthcare projects. 
  • Innovative Health Solutions -  Through the hospital’s Center for Learning & Innovation and WSU’s healthcare and health science programs, provide joint research and project development on population health and advancement of care. 


Rural Residency Program

The WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and Pullman Regional Hospital are currently exploring the opportunity to partner on a graduate medical education (residency) program. To fund the start-up of this opportunity, Dr. Jonathan Espenschied, Associate Dean for GME and the Designated Institutional Official at the College of Medicine, recently secured a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a new rural residency program, as well as $5 million from Premera Blue Cross for new residency programs in rural and underserved areas.

“We have a strong commitment to improving health care quality and access in rural and underserved communities in Washington, and a critical part of our commitment is creating residencies in these communities to increase the chance that students will remain there to practice medicine,” said Daryll DeWald, vice president and chancellor of WSU Health Sciences and John Tomkowiak, founding dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. “We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Pullman Regional Hospital in our endeavor to increase medical residencies in the communities like Pullman where they are needed most.”

“Pullman Regional Hospital is a critical access hospital located in a rural county. This makes it an ideal environment for a family medicine residency program,” said Gerald Early, M.D., chief medical officer for Pullman Regional Hospital.


Official Hospital of Washington State Athletics

In addition to our academic and clinical affiliations, we've also been designated as the Official Hospital of Washington State Athletics. That means we're the primary source of hospital services for WSU student athletes – to treat them and to keep them healthy. The Orthopedic Center of Excellence has a reputation as the regional hospital of choice for orthopedic procedures, and our skilled surgeons are recognized as top surgeons in their specialty.

Meet the surgeons who takes care of the Cougs



Dr. Ed Tingstad

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Tingstad has been practicing at Inland Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Clinic since 2000.  He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He serves as the team physician and orthopedic surgeon for Washington State University, as well as a clinical instructor for the WWAMI Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine. 


Dr. Kyle Hazelwood

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Hazelwood began practicing at Inland Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Clinic in 2017. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and Board Eligible for Subspecialty in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He completed a fellowship at the San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship, where he spent time covering the San Diego Chargers and San Diego State University athletic teams.


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