Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Physician Earns Washington State Honor
Washington Osteopathic Medical Association Names Dr. Katheryn Norris, 2016 Physician of the Year
Washington Osteopathic Medical Association (WOMA) is pleased to announce the WOMA Physician of the Year: Katheryn Norris, DO.
Dr. Norris is a physician at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) Grandview Medical-Dental Clinic and serves as the residency director for the Sollus Northwest Family Medicine Residency Program.
The 2016 Physician of the Year award was announced at the WOMA Annual Northwest Osteopathic Convention June 23-26 in Blaine, Washington.
When making this decision, the WOMA Board of Directors takes into consideration a number of qualities. Sometimes a physician is nominated by a patient, colleague or staff because of his or her caring nature and service above self. Sometimes a recipient is a leader of the profession that has served in one or several capacities over the years. Sometimes the recipient is an educator or a mentor, or in this year’s case, both.
Dr. Norris was chosen for this honor because of her mentorship to young physicians, including the residency program as well as other pre-med forums she has participated in over the years.
“She’s been a leader to students, and the students depend on her, they value her,” WOMA Executive Director Kathie Itter said.
Dr. Norris received her degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. She completed her residency at the Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2012, Dr. Norris launched the Sollus Northwest Family Medicine Residency Program.
“We are proud to call the WOMA Physician of the Year one of our own,” YVFWC Chief Medical Officer Kevin Heidrick said. “Dr. Norris truly deserves the honor of ‘Physician of the year’ as she daily displays the YVFWC mission, ‘Together, we are dedicated to lead with the courage to care, the determination to promote personal growth and the compassion to champion the cause of those who have no voice’.
“She has been influential in leading the first Sollus Northwest Family Medicine Residency class to graduation with her remarkable mentorship and leadership. She truly deserves this honor.”
Farm Workers Residency Program Graduates First Class of Doctors
"Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is graduating its first class of medical residents Friday (June 17, 2016), the next step toward fulfilling its mission to improve access to care in underserved areas.
The Grandview-based Sollus Northwest Family Medicine residency enrolled its first class of two residents in summer 2013 and has since grown to six, two per class." Continue reading the full article published in the Yakima Herald Republic on June 15, 2016.
Sollus Northwest Subject of Local Newspaper Article
The Daily Sun News in Sunnyside, Wash., recently reported on the impact Sollus Northwest will have on the area. (Sunnyside is located just a few miles from Grandview and Prosser.) Check out the story here: http://www.dailysunnews.com/archives/Story.aspx/25834/doctors-in-trainingresidency-clinic-opening-in-grandview
Federal Grants Awarded to Sollus Northwest
Sollus Northwest Family Medicine Residency has received a big boost from the United States Department of Health & Human Services.
The department’s Bureau of Health Professions recently announced that the residency program will receive $150,000 for each resident in the program during the 2013-2014 academic year. The first two residents are set to begin the three-year program in June 2013.
The funds will increase as the number of residents goes up. Plans call for adding two residents in 2014 and another two in 2015. When the program is operating at its anticipated capacity of six physicians in training, the funding is expected to be $900,000 a year.
The grant will help fund the costs of maintaining the program, which can include reimbursement for the teaching physicians, facility improvements, and stipends for the residents themselves.
“We are proud to have secured this funding,” said Dr. Katheryn Norris, Sollus Northwest’s program director. “It affirms the importance of training family medicine physicians in the community setting, especially in rural and underserved areas.”
The program, which is affiliated with the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, currently operates out of Prosser, but will relocate in spring of 2013 to the Farm Workers Clinic in Grandview. The resident physicians will see patients at that clinic, plus gain in-hospital clinical experience at PMH Medical Center in Prosser and Kennewick General Hospital.
Sollus Northwest is also affiliated with Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima.
New Residency Program based in Rural Washington State
Sollus Northwest Family Practice Residency will soon be providing training for osteopathic physicians in the lower Yakima Valley of Washington state. The program was founded by the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic with sponsorship from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Wash.
The American Osteopathic Association accredited the program in 2010. It will be based at the Farm Workers Clinic in Grandview, Wash., with resident physicians practicing in Farm Workers Clinic facilities throughout the Yakima Valley. The residents will also practice at Kennewick (Wash.) General Hospital and at PMH Medical Center in Prosser, Wash.
Like all residencies, the doctors who are being trained will provide care under the supervision of a fully licensed, practicing physician and maintain a regular panel of patients.
Sollus Northwest will welcome its first two residents in July 2013. Two more residents will be added each year, with an initial goal of having six total residents in the three-year program starting in July 2015.
Katheryn Norris, D.O., has been named director of the program, along with being named director of medical education for the Farm Workers Clinic. Before accepting her new position, she maintained an active practice in Sunnyside, Wash.
Ross Ronish, M.D., the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic's chief medical officer, was instrumental in establishing Sollus Northwest. He's optimistic that once they train in the area they will decide to establish medical practices there. "We will be looking for doctors who want to practice in rural areas," Ronish said. "This gives them an opportunity to train where they are going to work."