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CEO Corner February 2018

Posted on February 23, 2018 in Ceo Message

Mike Maples, CEO

In Praise of Careers of Service

Dr. Jeffery Bartlett joined the (then) young practice at Yakima Pediatrics in 1985. He was fresh out of residency at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. He has served the needs of Yakima’s kids continuously ever since. He was a recognized leader within his group and continued to lead after Yakima Pediatrics joined CHCW in 2006. As the Clinical Site Director, Dr. Bartlett has had a hand in helping to grow, shape and improve services for kids at YP and throughout CHCW and Yakima for the past 12 years. We want to recognize and appreciate his work in that role. It has been a turbulent time in medicine, but his steady hand and clear head have helped YP to become the largest pediatric clinic in Yakima County.

Dr. Bartlett has decided that it’s time to cut back. He’s still seeing patients full time at YP but, has turned over the reins of leadership. We are pleased that Rishi Mistry, ARNP has stepped up to the challenge, and is the new Clinical Site Director for Yakima Pediatrics.

Dr. Paul Emmans, Jr was living out his legacy in peace when we approached him with an offer he couldn’t refuse. His father, Paul, was a family doctor in Selah, and young Paul followed in his footsteps. And his son, Paul, followed, as well (after his residency at CWFM-R). He had a full spectrum practice in Selah and a passion for serving the elderly in our community. In addition to board certification, he gained a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Geriatrics, and certification in nursing home medical directorship. Over the years, many community physicians withdrew from serving nursing homes. Dr. Emmans stepped up to fill the gap to best of his ability. There are 10 skilled nursing/long-term care facilities between Toppenish and Selah. By 2013, Dr. Emmans was caring for 85% of the patients in their combined 700 licensed beds, and was the medical director at 7 of them….AND he still had an outpatient practice in Selah.

It was a very big step to leave the practice and friends built over his career in Selah and join CHCW five years ago. That’s when Dr. Emmans started to build the Senior & Residential Care program with us. Since that time, SRCare has grown to 6 providers. They serve nearly all of the patients in the area’s ten nursing homes as well as numerous assisted living facilities and adult group homes. They are continuing to grow and have gained wide praise for elevating the care of place-bound elders in our community. This year Dr. Emmans, too, decided to start slowing down. He has turned over the reins as Clinical Director of SRCare to Dr. Eric Chyn, who joined the SRCare team last summer. Dr. Emmans will continue full time care of patients on SRCare.

Please join me in thanking these committed leaders in medicine for their contributions. It’s great to know that they’re not done yet!

 

Mike Maples