Spokane Training Sites
Sacred Heart Medical Center (SHMC)
Sacred Heart Medical Center is a nonprofit, Catholic hospital founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1886. With 623 licensed beds, it is the second largest hospital in Washington State, and the largest hospital between Seattle and Minneapolis. Sacred Heart employs over 4,000 healthcare professionals and support staff. Its medical staff provides the expertise and skills of over 800 specialists and primary care doctors. Volunteers, who provide support to many hospital services, include 400 women, men and young people.
Providence Health & Services is the parent company of Providence Health Care, of which SHMC is the largest entity. Its primary service area is the Inland Northwest region, which includes Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington.
SHMC Psychiatry services are extensive. The Adult/Geriatric Psychiatry Unit (AGPU) has 48 beds for both voluntary and involuntary patients; this includes two acute care areas. In addition, the Psychiatry Department has the Psychiatric Center for Children & Adolescents (PCCA), with a 6-bed unit for children up to age 12, a partial hospitalization program for children aged 5-12, and an 18-bed unit for adolescents. The numerous support programs for these services include a school with permanent teachers from the local school district, facilities and staff for recreational activities, and a wide variety of rehabilitation programs. 24-hour Psychiatric Triage is available as one of the services of Sacred Heart's large Emergency Department, which had nearly 63,000 patient encounters in 2006.
SHMC has many centers of excellence: Cardiovascular, Children's Hospital, Providence Neuroscience Center, Trauma, Organ Transplant, Providence Cancer Center, Psychiatry, Women's Health Center, Bone and Joint program and more. SHMC also has a JCAHO-certified Stroke center. The wide array of medical services and treatments offered at Sacred Heart is reflective of today's health care advances. In addition, SHMC works collaboratively with other hospitals and organizations in the Spokane area where one program rather than several will more efficiently and economically serve the community. SHMC's commitment to graduate medical education is clear from its involvement in the Inland Empire Hospital Services Association (IEHSA), the governing body over several residency training programs including Family Medicine Spokane, Internal Medicine Residency Spokane, the Sacred Heart Medical Center Radiology program, and the Sacred Heart Medical Center and Deaconess Transitional Year programs. Medical students in the University of Washington WWAMI program routinely do 3rd- and 4th-year clinical clerkships in Spokane, including Psychiatry.
Research at SHMC is conducted through Providence Medical Research Center. Staff, physicians and university researchers affiliated with the University of Washington, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and other academic institutions blend their knowledge and skills to benefit many ongoing medical research studies based in Spokane.