History

Pullman Regional Hospital Clinic Network may be just another name in the world of healthcare; or, it may be more of a concern to you as a healthcare consumer on the Palouse.

You may not care who owns or operates a clinic; however, ownership of practices and the growing trend of physicians becoming part of a hospital-employed model is an increasingly important aspect of healthcare in America -- even in Pullman.

Pullman Regional Hospital’s Clinic Network was created in 2009 to provide greater stability to physician practices in our community and ensure access to care and physicians. However, Pullman Regional Hospital’s employment of physicians didn’t begin in 2009. The PRHCN Timeline information is intended to help in understanding why Pullman Regional Hospital made decisions to employ physicians, to purchase practices, to form regional partnerships, and to form the Clinic Network. 

Pullman Regional Hospital Clinic Network is committed to assuring our patients have the best possible care experience; safe, reliable, and convenient access to care. 

PRHCN Timeline:

  • 1998 – Pullman Regional Hospital, Washington State University and Palouse River counseling formed a partnership to expand access to mental health services for the community. The partnership transitioned over time to become Palouse Psychiatry and Behavioral Health which is now a part of the PRH Clinic Network
  • 2004-2005  – When general surgeons left the area to start a new practice in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane due to burnout from having to be on-call for three hospitals, the hospitals joined together to sustain general surgery access for the region
  • 2005 – Pullman Regional Hospital initiates a hospitalist service with employed physicians to relieve burdens of call from physicians in community practices and to address the increasing complexity of providing care for hospitalized patients.
  • 2008 – Bob Wiggins, M.D., Ear, Nose and Throat, left the area to practice in Alaska. PRH purchased the practice and formed Palouse ENT to keep care local.
  • 2008 – Palouse Pediatrics approached Pullman Regional Hospital with a proposal to purchase the practice due to rising costs of providing care and running an independent practice. PRH purchased the practice to keep pediatric care on the Palouse and formed PRH Clinic Network. The pediatricians and staff became hospital employees.
  • 2009 – Palouse Surgeons was formed by Pullman Regional Hospital, Gritman Medical Center, and Whitman Hospital and Medical Center to employ general surgeons and to ensure access to general surgery care on the Palouse. The surgeons were concerned with taking call for all three hospitals, so a paid call schedule was negotiated.
  • 2014 – Palouse Specialty Physicians was formed as a partnership of Pullman Regional Hospital, Gritman Medical Center, and Whitman Hospital and Medical Center to provide regional support for specialty practices. Palouse ENT and Audiology and Palouse Urology were the first two specialties to be a part of this partnership. In 2019 Palouse Specialty Physicians added Palouse Oncology (in partnership with Cancer Care Northwest in Spokane) and Palouse Neurology.
  • 2016 – Pullman Family Medicine, a large primary care clinic in Pullman owned by physicians, approached Pullman Regional Hospital about purchasing the practice due to rising costs of providing care and running an independent practice. Once again, PRH purchased the practice to ensure ongoing access to primary care in Pullman. Pullman Family Medicine physicians and staff became hospital employees.
  • 2018 – 2019 - Pullman Regional Hospital Clinic Network added two local specialties with Palouse Heart Center providing cardiology care, and Palouse Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine.
  • 2019: Pullman Regional Hospital was again contacted about purchasing Palouse Health Center. Sandy Schorzman was retiring and moving out of the area and wanted to ensure the access to Palouse area patients was not lost. Palouse Health Center is now apart of Pullman Regional Hospital Clinic Network and will be opening in the Spring of 2020.

Pullman Regional Hospital Clinic Network is proud of its member clinics.

Pullman Regional Hospital Clinic Network complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. View our policy here.

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