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Virginia Mason Continuing Medical Education presents "It Takes a Village: Addressing Social Determinants of Health" Friday, June 14, 2019. The course will focus on recognizing opportunities to improve health equity and tangible ways to support patients in improving their health across a variety of social determinants of health.

You can attend two ways: via teleconference at The Yakima Heart Center or in Seattle. In Seattle, the course will be held in Volney Richmond Auditorium at Virginia Mason. Keynote speaker Stephen A. Bezruchka, MD, MPH, is a senior lecturer at the Departments of Health Services & Global Health School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

The session runs from 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required for both the teleconference and in-person event. To register and find more information click here.

You are invited to a courtyard reception to raise support for the Union Gospel Mission Medical Care Center (MCC) on Thursday, June 20, from 4-6 p.m. at the mission, 1300 N. 1st St. There will be hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and tours of the medical center. Established in 1995, the Union Gospel Mission Medical Care Center (MCC) provides medical services to those experiencing financial hardships and homelessness. Most patients have no health insurance or means to pay for health care. The MCC has been recognized as Washington state's largest free clinic. To attend the reception, please RSVP to Shan Trick at 509-853-4307 or shan.trick@yugm.org.

High 5 for Dr. JP Maxwell!

Dr. Amber Wooten of Cascade Surgical Partners has selected hospitalist Dr. JP Maxwell to be the next High 5 honoree!

And here's why: "Dr. Maxwell has been great to work with. He is always available for a consult or question regarding medical issues on my surgical patients. He has gone above and beyond in regards to patient care. He is the ultimate team player, and I am grateful he is a part of our MIPS program, serving the patients of Virginia Mason Memorial. He has an inviting, compassionate personality, and it's obvious he truly cares about his work and patients. Thank you Dr. Maxwell."

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Check it Out! Provider Directory on Home Page. We have now added all Physicians, ARNP's, PA-C's and CRNA's listed in this directory!  

John Cooper, MD, Emergency Department

John Cooper, MD

Medical school: A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Ariz.

Residency: Emergency medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Emergency Medicine; Pediatrics, LAC+USC

What inspired you to choose medicine? I’ve always cared about people and wanted to be involved in working with them.

Why did you choose your specialty? I love seeing acute patients. I love the real variety of it, and I love treating emergency conditions.

What is your philosophy of care? The patient’s needs should always come first. And I do everything I can to make them feel comfortable and cared for in every situation.

What do you like about Yakima? I love being this close to the Cascade Mountains and the environment here. I love the local culture and the people this hospital serves.

What do you like to do outside of work? My wife and I spend a lot of time with our dog, hiking and exploring the outdoors.

Brandon Bentz, MD, Ear, Nose & Throat

Brandon Bentz, MD

Medical school: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Residency: Northwestern University School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

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Sheala Johnson, ARNP, Generations

Sheala Johnson, ARNP

Education: Master’s of Science in Nursing, Gonzaga University, 2014; Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, Washington State University.

What inspired you to choose medicine? I knew I wanted to be a nurse when I was 18 and worked toward that goal quickly. Through the years I wanted to continue my education, so I became a nurse practitioner.

Why did you choose your specialty? I believe that as we care for women throughout their lifetime we are caring for entire families.

What is your philosophy of care? My goal is always to provide individualized, thorough care and education to the patients who entrust their care to me.

What do you like about Yakima? I have been a lifelong resident of Yakima, and I enjoy having four seasons. The sunshine we get, even in winter months, is wonderful. Also, the sense of community here in the valley is one of the greatest benefits.

What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy spending time with my husband, two adult children and extended family. I love taking photos of adventures we have together and making scrapbooks to preserve those memories!

Blair Dorn

Blair Dorn, PA-C

Education: Master's of Medical Science, Midwestern University, Glendale, Ariz., 2018

What inspired you to choose medicine? Helping others is something I enjoy. The teamwork of health care makes it an enjoyable profession.

Why did you choose your specialty? I like the hands-on aspect. We are literally getting people back on their feet.

What is your philosophy of care? The patient is No. 1. All the decisions that are made are in their best interest.

What do you like about Yakima? I like the outdoor opportunities that Yakima offers.

What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy hiking. Hunting, fishing, golfing and other outdoor activities are also fun for me.

Heath Cobb, MD

Heath Cobb, MD

Medical school: Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies, 2005-2008

Baystate Children's Hospital, Springfield, Mass., Tufts University School of Medicine Categorical Pediatrics Program

What inspired you to choose medicine?  I have wanted to be in medicine from way back, probably when I was 5. I always directed my education toward that. But, when I was older, I did have to make the decision to choose medicine over aviation.

Why did you choose your specialty? When I did my pediatrics rotation, I just knew it was the right fit.

What is your philosophy of care? You really need to work with the family, especially when caring for young patients.

What do you like about Yakima? I’m looking forward to fishing, hiking, heading out to the national parks, eating some real Washington apples. 

What do you like to do outside of work? I have my pilot’s license; I like anything aviation. I like to fly fish, hike, and go boating and skiing.

Irene Varghese, MD

Irene Varghese, MD

What inspired you to choose medicine?  Growing up I saw lots of family members deal with health issues and navigate through the system. Also I had a desire to help people.

Why did you choose your specialty? I enjoy being able to take care of the whole family and helping patients transition through all walks of life.

What is your philosophy of care? It’s important to empower patients with information. That way we can make decisions together.

What do you like about Yakima? 300 days of sunshine! The summers are gorgeous. And it’s a great community.

What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy traveling with my husband and trying new foods. I also love board games and cooking.


Katheryn Lauer, MD

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Medical school: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga., 2004.

Residency: Lancaster General Hospital / Family Medicine, Lancaster, Pa., 2004-2007.

What inspired you to choose medicine?  The desire to connect with people in a meaningful way.

Why did you choose your specialty? It was a calling. It felt like a way to connect with people that you don’t get in a lot of modern medicine. There’s an opportunity for healing when cure isn’t possible that you don’t get anywhere else.

What is your philosophy of care? I’m not there to tell you what to do. I can offer you my experience; I can offer you my knowledge. There’s a whole team here to help you, but it’s not our decision. We’re here to help.

What do you like about Yakima? It’s a great place to raise a family, and the outdoor opportunities are fantastic. We find it to be everything we were looking for.

What do you like to do outside of work? I like to spend time with my family and my dogs. We do anything outdoors, like cross country ski, hike and fly fish.

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lisahagreen@yvmh.org /509-249-5098