New specialty services on the way
This article appears in the 2019 spring/summer edition of Connections Magazine.
Dr. Pranabh Shrestha
Starting in August, pulmonology will be the newest service offered to the community as part of the Gritman promise to bring you exceptional care that’s close to home.
Joining Gritman from St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA, Dr. Pranabh Shrestha is looking forward to bringing this specialty care to the region. Dr. Shrestha is board certified in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine and will bring advanced care and expertise to Gritman.
“When I first visited Moscow with my wife, we were immediately drawn by its beauty and warmth of the people,” he said. “I am very excited to be a part of the Gritman medical team and hope to fill some of the unmet health care needs of the community.”
Currently, patients with COPD or asthma are managed by family practice physicians. Having a pulmonologist at Gritman will allow these patients to receive specialized care and the most current treatments available, right here at home.
“Patients with lung cancer or other lung lesions will be able to have a flexible bronchoscopy done here instead of having to go out of the area,” Director of Cardiopulmonary at Gritman Kevin Uptmor said. “We are also the only hospital in the area to offer Heliox therapy for asthma and cold challenge pulmonary function testing (PFT).”
Dr. Shrestha can also order pulmonary function tests, and Gritman’s own PFT expert, Kara Kimmel, will be able to test for the diseases mentioned above and exercised induced asthma.
“The respiratory therapy staff at Gritman has 25 years of experience on average and the new pulmonologist will be able to utilize our knowledge and background to the fullest,” Uptmor said.
Regional partnership brings oncology and neurology services
Dr. Srijana Rai
Dr. Sarita Said-Said
Gritman is excited to announce full-time oncology and neurology services will open on the Palouse in August. These specialty clinics will be operated by Palouse Specialty Physicians through Gritman’s regional health care partnership with Pullman Regional Hospital and Whitman Hospital and Medical Center in Colfax.
The new clinics will be located in Moscow but will serve patients from throughout the region. The oncology clinic, which will be located at 803 S. Main St., Suite 210, will be staffed by Dr. Srijana Rai and the neurology clinic, which will be located at 2400 W. A St., Suite G, will be staffed by Dr. Sarita Said-Said. Palouse Specialty Physicians and the three partner hospitals are dedicated to bringing advanced care to the region to help patients and their loved ones receive the care they need as close to home as possible.
Palouse Specialty currently operates two specialty clinics: Palouse Urology in Moscow and Pullman, and Palouse ENT and Audiology in Pullman.
Spring/Summer 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.