A growing partnership

This story appears in the 2019 fall/winter edition of Connections Magazine.

Gritman Medical Center has been a partner with the University of Idaho for many years. This year, Gritman grew its partnership, which benefits multiple key areas.

Student Health and Wellness:
Gritman has been contracted to operate the U of I Vandal Health Clinic. Gritman has successfully recruited a new primary care provider, Dr. Jacob Christensen. He has completed a sports medicine fellowship and will also serve as the team physician for Vandal Athletics. Gritman is working with the university to return the student health clinic back to campus.

Gritman is committed to supporting student-athletes through the Vandal Scholarship Fund and to keeping them safe on and off the field and court through investment in the athletic training spaces of the Kibbie Dome and the new Idaho Arena.

“Gritman has been a long-time partner with Vandal Athletics and we appreciate their commitment to our athletic training facilities in the Kibbie Dome and the new Idaho Central Credit Union Arena,” U of I Athletic Director Terry Gawlik said. “We’re honored to recognize Gritman for all they do for U of I Athletics and the University of Idaho.”

Training Future Physicians:
Gritman has been a partner with the University of Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program for over 40 years, helping to train the next generation of physicians in real-world and simulation environments at the hospital. Now with the addition of the state-of-the-art anatomy lab, 80 future doctors are training at our hospital campus every academic year. Gritman also supports scholarships offered through the WWAMI program.

“Gritman is proud to support the great work of the University of Idaho that impacts our state, region and world. We know that the success of the university and the success of the city and region are dependent on each other,” Gritman President and CEO Kara Besst said. “Dr. White, our Board Chair, and I are proud graduates of the University of Idaho. Dr. White trained through the WWAMI program and I studied accounting. We know firsthand the positive impact of the U of I experience.”

Investing in a Vibrant Culture:
Living a healthy life also means having a vibrant and thriving culture in our community. Gritman proudly supports the performing arts through the university’s music and theater arts programs — including the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Vandal Marching Band.

“I was born at Gritman Medical Center so my connections with the hospital run deeper than most,” U of I President C. Scott Green said. “I’m grateful for Gritman’s decades-long partnership and support of fundamental programs at the University of Idaho like our WWAMI Medical Education Program, the performing arts, student-athletes and our athletic training facilities. From training doctors to supporting student health, Gritman sets the example of what we can accomplish when we work together.”


Fall/Winter 2019 Connections

As a nonprofit community hospital, Gritman Medical Center publishes Connections magazine twice a year to keep you informed and up-to-date with everything that’s happening in our hospital and regional network of clinics.

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