MultiCare Health System's employed and affiliated physicians offer a wide range of medical and surgical expertise, from primary care to advanced surgical specialties such as cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery. More important, our physicians are connected to you and your care.MultiCare employs individuals who believe in our values: Respect, kindness, excellence, collaboration, integrity and stewardship. Our physicians are active in their neighborhoods and communities.
Here are a few of the many MultiCare physicians who have found ways to use their skills to serve others:
Dr. James WymanBeing able to help those in need was a driving force behind Dr. James Wyman’s decision to become a surgeon. And so when he had the chance to travel to Peru to serve on a medical mission with the organization Scalpel at the Cross, he jumped at it.
“It was a unique opportunity,” said Dr. Wyman, “a chance to contribute to a community that has a real need for orthopedic medical care, while allowing me to volunteer my surgical skills.
Many medical missions focus on primary care services, but Scalpel at the Cross, founded in 2004 by Dr. Peter Cole and his wife, Nancy, was started specifically to help meet the orthopedic needs of the residents of Pucallpa, Peru, a remote city near the Brazilian border located on the headwaters of the Amazon. They also care for the surrounding jungle tribal populations and missionaries who serve them.
Dr. Wyman, colleague and friend of Dr. Cole from their orthopedic residency training at Brown University, traveled to Peru in March 2011 and spent a week working at the local community hospital in Pucallpa. The Scalpel at the Cross medical team, comprised of four surgeons and a dedicated missionary support staff, cared for dozens of patients and completed nearly 30 surgeries. Patients spanned the age and injury spectrum and often needed surgery for incorrectly or unhealed injuries.
In addition to caring for their patients, the Scalpel at the Cross mission teams strive to work closely with the local staff of the Pucallpa hospital. Over the years, they have developed a relationship based on trust and cooperation. "The team gave a grand rounds for the hospital staff and spent time on teaching and outreach. It was very satisfying to be able to work with the local caregivers and know that we are leaving behind knowledge that will help them treat their community,” said Dr. Wyman.
Scalpel at the Cross organizes missions twice a year, bringing the majority of the specialty orthopedic equipment that is needed. Dr. Wyman looks forward to his next trip. “The orthopedic care the mission provides can have such a positive contribution on the people’s lives,” Dr. Wyman said of the patients he saw, “it was a privilege to be able to be a part of that."
Dr. Julie Stroud
Dr. Julie Stroud's compassion for others, both inside and outside of her MultiCare office, is why she’s extraordinary.
In her day job, Dr. Stroud cares for patients at MultiCare Covington Urgent Care. Additionally, Dr. Stroud is the Medical Director and founder of Christ Community Free Clinic in Auburn. Her medical mission serves the uninsured in Pierce and South King counties by providing free urgent care and referral services, while maintaining the dignity of those being served.
Dr. Stroud was inspired after she read “The Purpose Driven Life” and considered the question, “What are your plans to impact the community around you?”
In 2010, Dr. Stroud was honored as one of South Sound magazine’s Doctors Who Make A Difference.
She told the magazine: “I was drawn to my career by a strong desire to contribute to my community in a needed way, whether it was in the Pacific Northwest, Uganda, China or wherever else life was to take me. Near the end of my undergraduate education, I took a year off to volunteer with a children's home in Hong Kong and at an orphanage in China (1997-98). After participating as a caregiver for children in this environment, I learned how useful a medical education would be worldwide. I returned to the U.S. with a new understanding of the importance of medical care and entered medical school shortly thereafter."
Dr. Chad Krilich
Dr. Chad Krilich, Regional Medical Director for MultiCare Medical Associates, was honored as one of South Sound magazine’s Doctors Who Make A Difference in 2010.
Dr. Krilich was also part of the team that received the President’s Award for work on the Patient Centered Medical Home in Maple Valley. In the face of increasing health care costs and decreasing reimbursements, the aim of the Health Home is to restructure primary care to increase the number of patients served, decrease health care costs, and ensure patient health goals are met.
Outside of the office, Dr. Krilich serves as the volunteer Chief Medical Officer for Project Homeless Connect, an annual Pierce County event at the Tacoma Dome that provides services to thousands of the area’s homeless population. He also volunteered his medical services at the 2011 C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic, which provided free primary and preventive health care services to uninsured adults in the Seattle-Tacoma area. He also provides medical back-up on church mission trips to build homes in Mexico (see photo above).
Providing health care to the uninsured is close to Dr. Krilich’s heart. When his grandfather migrated to Tacoma, Wash., he likely received similar assistance. In fact, Dr. Krilich became a physician because, as a child, it was difficult for him to experience the deaths of his grandparents. He wanted to prevent that from happening to others.
Dr. Daniel Thompson and Roseanne Thompson, ARNP
Many medical providers go above and beyond to serve others. Few risk their own lives to provide crucial care in a war zone.
During one of their many medical missions that take them around the world, Dr. Daniel Thompson and wife Roseanne Thompson, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, went on a 10-day medical mission to Iraq, where they treated Kurdish refugees who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. The Thompsons provided counseling and much-needed care that included complete physical exams – a foreign concept to many of the people they encountered.
In his day job, Dr. Daniel Thompson is a family practice physician at the Lakewood MultiCare Clinic.
“In today’s hurried world, I practice medicine the old-fashioned way – by developing a personal and long-term relationship with my patients and their families,” Dr. Thompson said. “That’s the only way I can truly know my patients and understand their health care needs and goals.”
Roseanne Thompson, an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, provides care at the Gig Harbor MultiCare Clinic.
“My practice is about helping my patients through their health care needs,” Roseanne Thompson said. “I want them to have the tools to make informed decisions, as well as optimize their health through prevention and healthy living. I realize that some care options aren’t for everyone, so I listen carefully to my patients to find out what works best for them.”