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Dr. Krilich honored among Business Examiner's 40 Under 40

Posted on Aug. 8, 2011 ( comments)
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Dr. Chad Krilich, a Regional Medical Director for MultiCare Medical Associates, was honored this week as one of the Business Examiner newspaper's "40 Under Forty."

Dr. Krilich, his wife and co-workers attended a celebration Tuesday at Clover Park Technical College's Sharon McGavick Center. The "40 Under Forty" honorees will be featured in the Aug. 8 issue of the Business Examiner.

"It's nice to be recognized," said Dr. Krilich. "I'm surrounded by great people, great physicians and great leaders. When there are so many bright lights working together, it's easy to shine."

The award recognizes outstanding South Sound business and community leaders younger than 40. The Business Examiner said honorees represent the diversity and excellence of the South Sound and include those who have made great accomplishments and significant contributions to their businesses, industries and communities.

At MultiCare, Dr. Krilich was 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 served 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.

Providing health care to the uninsured is close to Dr. Krilich’s heart. When his grandfather migrated to Tacoma, 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. Krilich’s favorite quote is by Uwe Reinhardt, a global leader in the field of health care economics: “Every nation’s health care system reflects that nation’s basic moral values. Once a nation decides that it has a moral obligation to provide health care for everybody, then it can build a system to meet that obligation.”

Since 2006, he has served as clinical instructor of family medicine at the University of Washington. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives.

When not at work, Dr. Krilich is passionate about his faith, family and fitness. He provides medical back-up on church mission trips to build homes in Mexico and coaches youth basketball. He is an avid runner who completed the Seattle Marathon in 2009. He lives with his wife and two children in Gig Harbor.

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