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Karen Toulouse, who was born at the original Eatonville Clinic, is the clinic's new radiologic technologist.
Digital x-ray services available at MultiCare Eatonville Clinic
Digital X-ray services are now available at the MultiCare Eatonville Clinic, thanks to a generous community fundraising effort that brought in more than $254,000 in donations.
Community members had a chance to see the new equipment, meet staff members, and socialize over coffee and pastries during an open house celebration March 28.
“Today we’re celebrating the fulfillment of the vision we had six years ago,” said Glenn Kasman, President of MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. “Thanks for being a part of it.”
“Thanks to the generosity of the community, we now have digital X-ray services in Eatonville,” said Jim Sapienza, Administrator of Imaging Services for MultiCare Health System. “It’s more than the equipment. It’s the connection of information for the continuity of care for patients who come to the Eatonville Clinic.”
Kasman joined longtime community physician Dr. Elizabeth Neuhalfen and former mayor Tom Smallwood to unveil a “Donor Recognition Wall” in the clinic’s lobby to honor donors who gave $3,000 or more. Neuhalfen, Smallwood and Kirk Heinz co-chaired the Eatonville Clinic Community Campaign. The contributions will go toward the X-ray services and upgraded lab services.
“People are always willing to step up for a good cause when they know it will benefit this community,” Smallwood said. “We are getting these resources – this building, these imaging services – and that doesn’t happen without support from MultiCare and Good Samaritan Hospital.”
By chance, it turned out that Smallwood was one of the first residents to receive an X-ray from the clinic's new machine. He said he was impressed with the quick turnaround time of the digital X-ray.
The open house was also somewhat of a homecoming event for two MultiCare employees who grew up in Eatonville and will be working at the MultiCare Eatonville Clinic.
Karen Toulouse, who was born at the original Eatonville Clinic, is the clinic’s new radiologic technologist, who performs imaging with the new X-ray machine. Her mother, Carla Toulouse, RN, is a longtime nurse at the clinic.
“I’ve been here since Day One,” Karen Toulouse said. “I know the town, I know the people – I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Dr. Peter Karlin, a graduate of Eatonville High School, will return to his hometown and begin seeing patients in August. Karlin will join Dr. Neuhalfen at the MultiCare Eatonville Clinic after he finishes his third-year residency at Tacoma Family Medicine.
“It’s so wonderful to be an Eatonville native coming home,” Karlin said.
Posted on Apr 6, 2012 in East Pierce County