Bellingham is a laid back community with a lively Western Washington University college crowd. It is surrounded by lakes and mountains and is close to the Canadian border and the San Juan Islands. You will enjoy the atmosphere at PeaceHealth Medical Group Pediatrics, the staff and physicians. Each visiting professor trip is unique. This is one of the most flexible sites and they pride themselves on making the trip as enjoyable as possible for the Visiting Professor.
WWAMI Site Coordinators:
Jordana Hawkins, MD
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Clinic Address and Phone:
PeaceHealth Medical Group Pediatrics
4545 Cordata Parkway
Bellingham WA 98226-7123
St. Joseph Hospital
2901 Squalicum Parkway
Bellingham WA 98225
Jordana Hawkins, James Bochsler, Joan Cervisi, Catharine Eleey, Laurie Emert, Peter Filuk, Tiffany Gilbey, Amy Haley, Amy Harley, Melanie Hartley, Mara Kelley, Josie Lee, Monika Mahal, Harpreet Nagra, Lessli Putney, Jennifer Rosquist, Greg Thompson, Steven Wallace, Anne Welsh, Greg Welsh
Bellingham is 90 miles north of Seattle, up Interstate 5. It is about 20 miles from the Canadian Border. It faces Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. It is bordered on the East side by the Cascade Mountain range and is under the shadow of Mt. Baker.
Bellingham is large enough to have many city-type amenities yet far enough from the greater Seattle/Everett area to retain a good deal of small town feel.
St. Joseph Hospital is the only hospital in the county. It has about 1900 births per year, a 12 bed pediatric floor and a very busy E/R and Level II trauma center. We have a full complement of (adult) surgical specialist although still refer complex or unusual pediatric problems requiring tertiary care to the Seattle area. St. Joseph Special Care Nursery is an approximately 6-bed unit, Level II. It has been our practice to transport neonates and children requiring ventilation or otherwise requiring formal pediatric intensive care to Seattle via Airlift NW. We usually transport mothers less than 33 weeks gestation if safe to do so although this is not always possible.
If you are able to stay for a day, you will find recreational opportunities are everywhere!
Historically, from 1997-2008 we were known as Madrona Medical Group, a doctor-owned and run multispecialty group with over 600 employees. In July 2008, we voted to become part of PeaceHealth, which owns several hospitals throughout the WA/AK/OR region. As the docs of PeaceHealth Medical Group, Whatcom region we are now employees. We still enjoy the camaraderie of having pediatricians, internal medicine docs, FPs, dermatologists, general surgeons, orthopedists, pulmonologists, gyn, cardiology, etc, in the building, where we’ve been located since 1999.
If you’ve been a WWAMI visiting prof at other sites much farther from Seattle, you’ll find the visit to Bellingham comparatively short and sweet. The main focus of the visit for most profs is the lunch talk from 12:30-2:00, generally presenting to all of the pediatricians, a few family practice docs, an allergist, and if the topic is of more general interest, to nurses/staff. We will have all projection equipment/computers available and can help you get set up. Some specialties are more amenable than others to clinic visits, e.g. we have a multitude of pulmonary and GI patients who often love to see the visiting specialists, while we had fewer patients for the electrophysiologist to see. For this reason, the schedule is highly variable; for some it is as short as the lunch talk, and for most an afternoon of patients followed by going out to dinner in the evening. The WWAMI 2nd year resident will consult on patients with you, as will the PCP of the patient if applicable. The dinner is informal, and we have a terrific time catching up on SCH news while picking your brain about various patient issues.
We look forward communicating with you prior to your visit and hope that your time in Bellingham will be enjoyable and productive.