Yakima, WA – Recently, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) and MultiCare Health Systems (MHS) announced the details of a newly-formed partnership which aims to revolutionize community health and accelerate mission fulfillment for both organizations through a collaboration of knowledge and resources.
“The power of our combined efforts exceeds what we can accomplish individually,” explained Dr. Michael Lawler, president of PNWU. “We are working to transform community health, and we can’t do that alone. This partnership expands our capacity to fulfill our collective mission.”
By partnering with the State of Washington’s largest community-based, locally-governed health system, PNWU will gain access to over a century of accumulated knowledge of the communities the university aims to serve. Similarly, through a partnership with the mission-driven health sciences university -- home to the state’s only College of Osteopathic Medicine -- MHS will have an opportunity to effectively influence the training of tomorrow’s healthcare providers. Representatives from each of the non-profit organizations hope that the partnership will serve as a model for future collaborations, as well as medical education and healthcare delivery in the Pacific Northwest.
“MultiCare is committed to taking care of the growing communities across the Pacific Northwest,” said Bill Robertson, MultiCare President and CEO. “To do that, we need to ensure we have highly trained health care workers ready to join us in our work. This partnership with PNWU will help students interested in health careers get the right training to prepare them for the future.”
This partnership builds on an established foundation. MultiCare and PNWU have been working together for several years on medical education. Medical students from the university train at East Pierce Family Medicine and Tacoma Family Medicine and many have transitioned to employment with MultiCare. With this new partnership, MultiCare will be able to ensure that even more students receive the right training to best meet the needs of the communities both organizations serve.
“PNWU is proud to partner with an established, well-respected organization like MultiCare,” Dr. Lawler continued. “Our communities need transformational change. As we partner to improve healthcare education and delivery, those communities will be the ultimate beneficiaries.”
For more information on this topic, please contact Paul Bubluski at 509-249-7771 or email at PBubluski@pnwu.edu.