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  • East Pierce Family Medicine opens, gains accreditation

    MultiCare Health System’s newest clinic is now accepting patients, and will soon be recruiting physicians who have recently completed their degrees for a new Family Medicine residency training program.

    MultiCare East Pierce Family Medicine opened Aug. 1 at 1322 Third St. S.E., Suite 240, on the campus of Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. The clinic also has received accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association, which allows the clinic to recruit for a new Family Medicine residency training program that will begin in July 2012.

    LuAnn Schafer, pictured above, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, and Dr. William Kriegsman serve as providers in the clinic, which offers a full spectrum of health care services for the whole family, including obstetrics and pediatric care. Additionally, Dr. Amy Pearcy, a Washington native who did her residency at Tacoma Family Medicine, will join the clinic Sept. 12.

    “We are excited to have achieved this accreditation because it will allow us to being residency training to Good Samaritan Hospital and provide another source of primary care physicians for East Pierce County,” said Dr. Kriegsman, program director for the new residency. “This demonstrates MultiCare’s commitment to building medical care and health care education in the region, and builds upon Good Samaritan’s position as a regional medical center.”

    Since 2010, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital has hosted third- and fourth-year medical students from Pacific Northwest University, an osteopathic medical school in Yakima. In July, the second group of 10 students began training in the hospital, and throughout East Pierce County in both community and MultiCare clinics. This laid the foundation for the Family Medicine residency training program.

    The new clinic will provide a three-year family medicine residency training program, planning to accept six residents each year with a full roster of 18 residents by 2014. The hope is that East Pierce Family Medicine residents will remain in the area to practice as physicians. In the United States, a shortage of about 63,000 physicians is projected by 2015, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, with greater shortages projected on the horizon — 91,500 in 2020 and 130,600 in 2025.

    The process to become accredited for the residency training program has been a two-year effort led by Laura Bauer, Dr. JD Fitz, Dr. Kevin Murray and Dr. Al Fink.

    “As someone who has participated in Student and Resident Education for most of my professional life, I feel strongly that the presence of a training program always elevates the level of care and professionalism,” said Fitz, Good Samaritan’s Vice President of Medical Affairs. “Most physicians endorsed the Hippocratic Oath upon Medical School graduation – this oath specifically requires us to participate in the education of the younger physicians who must learn the profession in part by the teaching and mentoring provided by those in practice.”

    For an appointment, the clinic can be reached at 253-697-1420. For information on the residency program, call 253-697-5757.

    East Pierce Family Medicine Residency

    East Pierce Family Medicine is building a Residency Training Program, where resident physicians who have completed their medical degrees will be trained in up to date evidence-based Family Medicine. After completing their medical degrees, new doctors choose a medical specialty, and a residency program provides additional training within a chosen specialty.

    East Pierce Family Medicine will be a three-year program enabling resident doctors to work closely with faculty and community providers. The experience not only enables East Pierce Family Medicine to provide vital and quality medical care to individuals and families, but also offers residents the opportunity to learn and achieve excellence in Family Medicine.

    The residency training program will begin in July of 2012. While there may not be trainees in the clinic at this time, these brilliant and eager resident physicians will work with our faculty providers in providing quality care in the near future.

    MultiCare East Pierce Family Medicine
    1322 Third Street S.E., Suite 240
    Puyallup, WA 98372
    Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-noon, 1:20-5 pm.
    Phone: 253-697-1420

    Posted on Aug 25, 2011 in East Pierce County, News Release