This letter appears in the 2019 fall/winter edition of Connections Magazine.
For over 25 years, Northern Idaho has been my home. It’s a great place to go to school, work, live and raise a family. I also know it is a great place to practice medicine. In my role as Gritman’s CEO, I am fortunate to be able to play a significant part in recruiting practitioners to the region to provide health care to our community.
2019 has been a very successful year for bringing new providers to Gritman. This year we have added three Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, five primary and urgent care physicians, three hospitalists and the area’s only board-certified pulmonologist. And working together with our regional hospital partners we’ve brought in a new general surgeon, oncologist and neurologist.
When we integrated with Moscow Family Medicine in December of 2018, one of the first commitments we made was to help with recruitment to improve access to care. Today, I am honored to share we have delivered on that promise with five new providers at Moscow Family Medicine. From primary care and obstetrics to sports medicine and urgent care, more providers means shorter wait times to see a physician.
In addition to primary care, we’ve also opened Gritman’s new Pulmonology Clinic located in our Internal Medicine Clinic in downtown Moscow. And we’ve worked with our regional partners through Palouse Specialty Physicians to open two new clinics to serve patients in our region — Palouse Oncology & Hematology (in partnership with Cancer Care Northwest) and Palouse Neurology.
We talk a lot about the physician shortage — particularly in rural America — and how we are working to combat that by helping to train, recruit and retain the next generation of physicians through our strong partnership with the University of Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program. Each year we have 80 medical students in Moscow who experience health care through the lens of Gritman in both live and simulated situations.
These future doctors learn how important health care is in our region — what a great place this is to care for patients and what their future practices could look like if and when they return. Like doctors Kraig White, Summer Day, Bryn Parker, Francis Spain and so many others, we hope their time spent on the Palouse and at Gritman will encourage them to return to the area to continue caring for you and your family.
Thank you for allowing us the privilege of serving you.
Kara Besst, President and CEO
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.