This letter appears in the 2019 spring/summer edition of Connections Magazine.
When the first wing of Gritman Medical Center was built in 1940, the Board issued an open invitation to all communities and physicians inside and outside the area, envisioning a hospital that would serve people “in some directions as far as 40 to 50 miles.” Nearly 80 years later, though our country faces a physician shortage and Idaho ranks 49th in doctors per capita, Gritman Medical Center’s open invitation and commitment to provide 5-star health care to our region hasn’t changed.
We know there is strength in numbers, and through strong partnerships we will continue to honor our commitment to the community.
In December, Gritman was proud to add the Moscow Family Medicine clinics to the Gritman family. This integration, along with our continued support of other local practices, allows us to bring much needed family practice doctors to our communities to keep patients healthy and stabilize access to physicians.
We are committed to bringing specialists to our community so patients can receive care without traveling away from home. Gritman Medical Center is happy to be opening Gritman Pulmonology Clinic with Board Certified Pulmonologist Dr. Pranabh Shrestha in August.
Through our Palouse Specialty Physicians Partnership with Pullman Regional Hospital and Whitman Hospital, we have seen growth in our urology, ENT and audiology clinics, and after much hard work, we will welcome neurology and oncology practices in August.
We are excited by the successful recruitment we have seen as we continue to partner to provide care, and we look forward to welcoming several new family practice physicians and specialists to our community.
Through the generous donations and partnerships with individuals like Janie Nirk, Ed and Beatriz Schweitzer, and each of you who give to our hospital and foundation, we are able to continue to offer the most advanced technology to care for you and your family.
We realize health care is complicated and has many moving parts. Through these integrations and partnerships, Gritman’s vision is to create a system that provides smooth, easy health care for you, our patient and customer. 2019 has already been productive and we are looking forward to what the second half of the year will bring. Thank you for choosing Gritman and for allowing us to care for you and those you love.
Kara Besst, President & CEO
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.