Working and Teaching Sites
Providence Health and Services operates two hospitals and five clinics in northeast Washington, where the drawing area is about 40,000 people living in a wide geographical area. Colville, a town of 5,000, houses the larger hospital, Providence Mount Carmel Hospital, as well as three of the clinics (including the primary training clinic, which is a multispecialty clinic adjacent to Mount Carmel). Chewelah, with a population of about 2,500, has a small Family Medicine clinic and the smaller of the two hospitals, Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital. Kettle Falls, with around 1,500 people, has a vibrant stand-alone family medicine clinic. Resident training makes use of most of these facilities.
Providence Mount Carmel Hospital and Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital are both critical access hospitals. Mount Carmel has been consistently recognized by state and national associations for its excellence of care and has recently achieved a “baby-friendly” designation. The referral center for both hospitals is in Spokane, 70 miles south of Colville.
The Northeast Tri-county Health District offers public health services to most of our region, and our residents provide medical services there on a regular basis, including contraceptive management, cancer and STD screening and pregnancy diagnosis, and also are often called to help with environmental health screenings and investigations. Most of our residents become involved in a community project designed to solve an identified issue or to enhance specific services in our community, always in conjunction with public service organizations and/or local community associations.