Chehalis Rural Residency Program Expanding

Submitted by: Providence Health & Services

Doctors in family medicine care for patients from “womb to tomb.” In 2014, when Providence Medical Group – Chehalis Family Medicine clinic became a residency clinic site, they expanded services to caring for prenatal patients, managing them through pregnancy, delivery and postpartum as well as caring for newborns.

Dr. Jennifer Knox follows up with a newborn and mother after delivery at Providence Centralia Hospital. Photo courtesy: Providence Medical Group.

The clinic is currently accepting patients with all levels of insurance. Within the clinic, they also have a social worker, Erica Dennehy, LICSW and RN, who helps to coordinate care for their prenatal patients.

“One of the best parts of our job is to develop relationships with a woman that continues into the delivery room, into infant care and beyond. Our goal is to take care of the entire family unit,” said Dr. Rain Lambrecht.

Dr. Lambrecht and Dr. Miguel Lee serve as two of the faculty members of the program and also see patients at PMG – Chehalis Family Medicine. Dr. Lambrecht says if you know anyone who is pregnant – or thinking about becoming pregnant – it would be a great time for them to establish medical care at Chehalis Family Medicine. Patients seen at Chehalis Family Medicine can deliver at Providence Centralia or Providence St. Peter Hospital, depending on their preference.

Providence Medical Group – Chehalis Family Medicine is located at 931. S. Market Blvd. in Chehalis. For more information, call them at 360-767-6300.

This year’s residents include:

First Year Residents

  • Benjamin May, DO – PNWU College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jordan Snell, DO – Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Miguel Lee checks up on Jax Stroup, the first-ever pediatric patient at Providence Medical Group – Chehalis Family Medicine. Photo courtesy: Providence Medical Group.

Second Year Residents

  • Ravneet Jaura, MD – Saba University School of Medicine
  • Kristina King, MD – American University of Integrative Sciences, St. Maarten School of Medicine

Third Year Resident

These residents were chosen from the approximately 1,000 who apply each year from all over the world. Plans are in the works to expand the program to three residents in each year. Many of the physicians specially chose the Pacific Northwest with the hopes of calling it their long-term home.

For example, Dr. King, her husband and family recently purchased a home locally and are excited to serve patients in Southwest Washington.

“I grew up in a rural area and know how hard it can be to find a doctor to relate to and feel comfortable with,” she said. “I hope I can be someone that people come to know and trust in the community.”

Dr. Snell lives in Centralia with his wife and two young children. “This program and community was attractive because there are so many connections,” he said. “I’m from a small town in Nebraska and I really enjoy the atmosphere here.”

About the Residency Program

Dr. Kristina King sees one of her pediatric patients at Providence Medical Group – Chehalis Family Medicine. Photo courtesy: Providence Medical Group.

Residency is one of the ways Providence is working to be our communities’ health partner in Southwest Washington. Each year, the St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program graduates seven residents in Olympia.

The Chehalis Rural Training Program was started in 2014 as an expansion of the St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program to improve access to rural areas and help train physicians to practice rurally.

The Providence St. Peter Family Residency program has had about 150 graduates in its 25-year history. A large percentage of graduates have continued to serve in our local communities.

In 2011, St. Peter Family Medicine (SPFM) was recognized as Providence Health & Services’ first NCQA level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. SPFM is now a central influence of innovation within the broader medical group, collaborating directly with our other primary care practices as they move along the journey to becoming a certified Patient-Centered Medical Home.

“We know from experience that residents are likely to remain and practice in the community where they complete their residency,” said Devin Sawyer, MD, director of the core program. “The residency program helps to address the shortage of primary care providers in our service area and brings more talented physicians here to join our regional medical staff.”

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