Partners in Excellence
We're proud to partner 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, 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.”
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.
Whitman County Health Network
Created as part of a HRSA Network Development grant, the Whitman County Health Network (WCHN) represents the united voice of Whitman County constituencies in the development, coordination and delivery of health and human services.
The vision of this organization is to:
- Improve family and individual health and well-being
- Improve access to health and human services
- Reduce costs of current delivery processes and redirect savings toward targeted, strategic early intervention
- Jeff Guyett - Community Action Center
- Lauren Noble - Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health
- Jac Davies - Northwest Rural Health Network
- Theresa Kwate- Palouse Medical
- Kelly Sanders - Palouse Pediatrics
- Shelley Bull - Palouse Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
- Mike Berney - Palouse River Counseling
- Becky Highfill - Pullman Regional Hospital
- Deborah Watson - Pullman Regional Hospital
- Elizabeth Hillman - Pullman Regional Hospital
- Erin Sedam - Pullman Regional Hospital
- Jeannie Eylar - Pullman Regional Hospital
- Scott Adams - Pullman Regional Hospital
- Karly Port - Pullman Regional Hospital Clinic Network
- Chris Skidmore - Whitman County Public Health
- Hank Hanigan - Whitman Hospital and Medical Clinics
- Laurie Gronning - Whitman Hospital and Medical Clinics
- Bonnie DeVries - Washington State University
- Kai Nevala - Yakima Valley Farm Workers / Unify Dental