As many of you have heard, the Pediatric Hospitalist Service model at Virginia Mason Memorial is changing and we will no longer be contracting with Seattle Children's Hospital to staff the pediatric unit as of February 2019.
We are committed to providing inpatient pediatric services and have been meeting with physicians and community partners over the last few months to determine the best patient care model moving forward. Our goal is to provide high quality and safe inpatient pediatric care.
This is an exciting opportunity for VMM to engage with long standing community partners. Over the next month or so, we will be finalizing the new model and we look forward to sharing it with the organization. Thank-you for your patience as we work through the details.
Memorial's Commitment to SAFETY By Diane Patterson
In holding ourselves accountable to our Safety Culture and our steadfast commitment to zero harm to patients, we report to you that we have reset the days since our last serious safety event. A serious safety event occurs when care provided by Virginia Mason Memorial results in moderate to severe harm or death to one of our patients.
On October 19th a patient under our care experienced a serious safety event. The patient was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit with hypotension, cellulitis, congestive heart failure and renal insufficiency. An order was written for a medication to assist with stabilizing the patient's blood pressure. The medication was provided, however the patient's health continued to deteriorate, resulting in a Code Blue. After the code, the patient continued to have difficulty, and it was determined that the patient was receiving the wrong medication. The correct medication was immediately delivered and the nurse manager, physician and patient experience team communicated the error to the patient's family. The patient slowly improved and was discharged home twelve days later.
Alexander Gill, M.D.
Medical school: University of Nevada School of Medicine, 2015.
Residency: Sparrow Health System, Michigan State University, Lansing, Mich.
What inspired you to choose medicine? I like the problem solving involved in medicine. So many unique, diverse problems, no two patients are the same. You have to be quick on your feet and be really good at what you do.
Why did you choose your specialty? I’m somewhat easily distracted. The Emergency Department gives me the opportunity to do something different and to do it all at the same time.
What is your philosophy of care? I always take a second to think if what I’m doing is the same thing I would do for a family member.
What do you like about Yakima? The sunshine.
What do you like to do outside of work? I ride mountain bike, do some rock climbing and I like to travel.
Wade Holden, PA-C
Education: Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Mont., 2010; bachelor’s of Exercise Physiology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 2006.
What inspired you to choose medicine? I knew I always wanted to help people.
Why did you choose your specialty? I love working with people, and I really enjoy that face-to-face interaction with people.
What is your philosophy of care? I like to take a holistic approach to treating patients.
What do you like about Yakima? I’m a Toppenish High grad, and I’m back after 10 years. I like being close to my family, and I love the mix of agriculture, the outdoors and the seasons.
What do you like to do outside of work? I love to be outdoors. I like to hike and ski. I love to play sports. I really enjoy spending time with my family and young children.
Alicia Wright, ARNP
Education: Maryville University, St. Louis, MO, master’s of science in nursing / adult geriatric nurse practitioner, May 2018; South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., bachelor’s of science in nursing 2012.
Why did you choose your specialty? I was going to be an occupational therapist, but then my daughter got leukemia when she was 18 months old. That’s when I said I definitely want to be in nursing -- and certainly oncology. When my daughter was a patient the nursing staff was like family.
What is your philosophy of care? I keep it patient and family centered. The family can be easily forgotten, but it’s important to include them.
What do you like about Yakima? I love the orchards and the vineyards, and that you’re not in a big city but near one. Also the ocean isn’t that far away.
What do you like to do outside of work? Our whole family likes to drag race, so I’m looking forward to going to the races here and finding a car to race.
David Fine PA-CD
Education: MEDEX Northwest, University of Washington, 2013-2018
What inspired you to choose medicine? I’ve always enjoyed helping others and find the human body to be very complex and interesting.
Why did you choose your specialty? I like the variety of medical issues that Family Practice provides. I also enjoy working with all ages and family members.
What is your philosophy of care? To be a partner in one’s health, including physical, mental and emotional well-being.
What do you like about Yakima? I was born and raised here, and I like the small town feel. I also like the diverse population.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy time with family, the outdoors and playing hockey.
JULIE CARLTON, PA-C
Education: Master’s of Clinical Health Sciences, Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington MEDEX Northwest, 2013, 2015; bachelor’s of Applied Technologies in Health Sciences, University of Texas – Brownsville, Texas, 2009-2011.
What inspired you to choose medicine? I have always wanted to make an impact on people’s lives, like the caregivers who helped my mother after her stroke. I have always gravitated toward the life sciences.
Why did you choose your specialty? Pain medicine is a fascinating hybrid of physical and medical treatment. Also, it’s a fast-growing specialty due to the choices of treatment that new technology and advances in medical devices and methods have to offer as an alternative to opioid medications.
What is your philosophy of care? The patient will tell you exactly what you need to treat them effectively, if you take the time to listen. Patient-centered care is my focus.
What do you like about Yakima? The proximity to the Cascades and Mount Rainier, and all the outdoor experiences are amazing. Also the local produce is phenomenal.
What do you like to do outside of work? Hiking, biking the Greenway, kayaking and river-rafting.
>Elizabeth Tikriti, PA-C
Education: Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif.
What inspired you to choose medicine? My patient experiences here in the valley, back when I was a patient growing up.
Why did you choose your specialty? I like the flexibility of the profession, and a physician assistant is an integral part of the whole medical picture. It was a good fit for me.
What is your philosophy of care? The patient always comes first, and everything I do should be in their best interest.
What do you like about Yakima? I was born and raised here. I like the fact that it’s not a tiny town, but there is a pretty good sense of community.
What do you like to do outside of work? I like to ski, golf and bike. And I also enjoy the local wine and beer scene.
Dana Severson, ARNP
Education: Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Washington State University, 2018; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Washington State University, 2008.
What inspired you to choose medicine? As a nurse for 10 years I wanted to help fill the gap with primary care providers and provide a higher level of care that I wasn’t able to do as a nurse.
Why did you choose your specialty? I like to help everybody else from all age groups, from infants to those over 100. You can build relationships with your patients and follow entire families.
What is your philosophy of care? I like to educate people on disease prevention and management. It’s a partnership. I like to guide patients rather than tell them what to do.
What do you like about Yakima? I really like all the fresh agriculture here and the four seasons. Plus, we’re close to the beach and close to the mountains. And, my whole family is here.
What do you like to do outside of work? I’m excited to go snowboarding. I like to travel and I enjoy anything outdoors really, such as camping and hiking. I also like to hang out with friends and family.
Courtney Lombardi, ARNP
Education: Master’s of Science in Nursing, Adult Gerontology Primary Care, School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, 2017; Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Language, Florida State University.
What inspired you to choose medicine? I was a patient and I saw what it was like to be in the system. I had a nurse who was really kind to me in a very difficult situation. She inspired me to be that advocate for the patient.
Why did you choose your specialty? I like the relationship with patients my specialty affords.
What is your philosophy of care? My No. 1 nursing value that I bring to every patient is patient autonomy. The patient’s decision is their decision. I’m there to be a partner with them.
What do you like about Yakima? I like hiking and being outside. I like the farmers markets and anything outdoors, really.
What do you like to do outside of work? I like to spend time with my family, go on hikes with my dog.
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