Clinic: The Valley Clinic was established in 1935 and has been a WRITE site since 2000. The 32 members of the clinic staff include seven board certified physicians, three physician assistants and one nurse practioner, providing care to over 24,000 patients annually. Physicians also serve as preceptors for students paticipating in the R/UOP (Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program) and TRUST (Targeted Rural Underserved Track). The clinic has on-site laboratory services and in 2009 the clinic became affiliated with the Kittitas Valley Community Hospital.
Hospital: Kittitas Valley Community Hospital is located at 603 South Chestnut, is a 25-bed critical access hospital, providing services in areas including: obstetrics (with a family birthing center), 24-hour emergency and critical care, imaging, laboratory, inpatient and outpatient surgery, physical therapy, and respiratory care. The hospital's web site is www.kvch.com
Nursing Home: Ellensburg has two nursing homes, the Royal Vista Nursing Home and the Kittitas Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
What to Expect :
Students will be scheduled in a Continuity Clinic with all providers where there will be access to electronic health records. In addition, students will participate in patients' hospital care including surgeries. One day per week will be spent with Pediatrics and Obstetric patients with the opportunity to work with potentially 50 deliveries during the course of the program. Students have an opportunity to spend time with hospitalists and to participate in a community Free Clinic which is held every other Saturday morning. Psychiatric components will be completed with continuity patients.
If you were to measure the length and width of Washington, the two lines would intersect at about Ellensburg. It is located on I-90 about 170 miles west of Spokane and 107 miles east of Seattle. To see a map of where we are located and/or get directions from other locations, go to maps.google.com (for directions, click "Get Directions" in the upper left-hand corner where you can input the starting address).
The Ellensburg area can be reached by air via flights into Seattle (110 miles from Ellensburg); Spokane (174 miles from Ellensburg); or by a commuter flight into Yakima (35 miles away). Travel to Ellensburg is easiest by bus or auto.
Housing: Hospital-owned residence is available to students on a shared basis.
The area‘s culture is influenced by its history, the presence of Central Washington University, and the economies of the region (livestock ranching, horse breeding, orchards and grain crops, logging, and food processing). Outdoor activities include almost anything connected with water or snow, including superb fly-fishing, rafting, hiking, and skiing. In addition, professional, community and university theaters and auditoriums provide the stages for a year-round schedule of plays, concerts, dance recitals, operas, musicals, films, and lectures. Art galleries and museums can be found on the CWU campus and in the community, featuring fine arts, crafts, pottery, weaving and sculpture. Downtown shopping features a blend of antiques, art galleries, and unique shops.
The snowcapped Cascades, rolling foothills, rivers, alpine lakes, desert terrain and fertile valleys form a diverse landscape. The mountains screen much of the rainfall, giving Ellensburg a dry climate with four distinct seasons. There are about 300 days of sun per year and the average precipitation per year is 8”. Temperatures vary with the time of year: January ranges from 34° to 19° while July temperatures range from 83° to 53°.