At the MultiCare Institute for Research & Innovation, we are proud of the contributions our researchers make to medicine through scientific discovery, participation in cutting-edge clinical research trials, evidence-based practice research and medical literature.
Our researchers are making a difference in the lives of many patients and their families through new discoveries and inventions. The work conducted by David Embrey, PhD, at MultiCare’s Children’s Therapy Unit is one good example.
Dr. Embrey is a physical therapist with the Children’s Therapy Unit in Puyallup who has been conducting original research at Good Samaritan Hospital since 1990.
A patented inventor, Dr. Embrey developed and refined an electrical stimulation system to help children with cerebral palsy and adults who have experienced a stroke improve their ability to walk. Published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, this work received MultiCare’s President’s Award for Excellence in Innovation.
Dr. Embrey’s work has drawn attention both nationally and internationally, but perhaps most importantly, his innovation has been put into use for patients across the world. To date, he has trained more than 1,800 therapists to make better decisions in everyday clinical practice.
In fact, our researchers have been seeking innovative ways to help patients for many years now. The MultiCare Institute for Research & Innovation was awarded the 2017 certificate of achievement from one of the nation’s largest clinical research organizations for superior performance and quality in clinical research.
The awarding organization, IQVIA, is a leading global provider of information, innovative technology solutions and contract research services focused on using data and science to help healthcare organizations find better solutions for their patients.