Arriving in Yakima in 1978 to finish residency, Dr. Litchfield began working with Dr. Lee Ghormley at the New Valley Osteopathic Hospital. While there, he learned more about OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment). He was enamored by the relief he could bring to people thanks his osteopathic training. A few years later, as the rewards of being a family physician became ingrained deeper in his heart, he purchased the family practice and made it his own.
“There was never a boring day during my career,” said Dr. Litchfield, reflecting on his practice. Although the day-to-day challenges he would face were unpredictable, his constant focus on helping others never tired. “If I had a way to take it (relief) instead of cash, I would have practiced for free,” he explained. Today, Dr. Litchfield is channeling that same passion to nurture the Pacific Northwest’s next generation of compassionate healthcare workers.
As a professor, Dr. Litchfield extols the values of holistic care, sharing years of accumulated knowledge and hands-on experience. As a philanthropist and one of PNWU's most generous and loyal donors, he is helping to build and support a health sciences university capable of revolutionizing community health.