William Hatch DHEd, PAC
Dr. Hatch completed his physician assistant training at MEDEX Northwest (University of Washington, Seattle, WA) in 1989 following several years as a mobile intensive care paramedic with Yakima Emergency Services–Medic One. He attended Alderson Broaddus College and West Virginia University, completing a residency in emergency medicine and earning a Master of Science degree in medicine in 1994. Following graduation he worked for rural critical access hospitals in northern Arizona providing emergency department coverage. Dr. Hatch earned his Doctorates in Health Education from A.T. Still University.
Dr. Hatch has taught basic clinical skills and emergency medicine at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, and Idaho State University, Boise campus. As the Academic Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Educational Program at Heritage University he remains active at the graduate level of medical education. When not in the traditional classroom he remains busy teaching wilderness medicine and climbing with Central Washington Mountain Rescue. He and his wife lead active lives enjoying their horses, alpine climbing, and long-distance backpacking. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.
He considers his return to the Yakima valley a dream come true for him and his wife. He sums it up this way: “Being on the ground floor as we develop new programs is a perfect way to give back to the community, share life’s experiences and train the upcoming generation of medical providers.”