Olympic Medical Center introduces new providers to region
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Linda Starck, left, and Joel Finman of the Olympic Medical Practicioners Walk-In Clinic speak with Olympic Medical Center CEO Eric Lewis, right, on Wednesday in Port Angeles.
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Neurologist Stafford Conway speaks during his introduction to the Olympic Medical Center board of directors Wednesday in Port Angeles. Photo by Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News.

By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Medical Center staff and commissioners welcomed a half-dozen new providers to the area this week.

Most notably, OMC has hired a neurologist — Dr. Stafford Conway — to work at the specialty clinic in Sequim.

“He will be serving as our local medical director for neurology,” said Rebecca Corley, OMC chief physician officer, on Wednesday.

“He's a member of OMP, Olympic Medical Physicians, who is employed by Swedish and a member of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. He joins us as one of the many benefits of our Swedish affiliation.”

OMC signed a 20-year affiliation agreement with Seattle-based Swedish Medical Center last October to expand the services available on the North Olympic Peninsula, including neurology.

Conway completed a neuro-imaging fellowship at Alabama Neurological Institute in 2007 and worked in a private practice in Texas before moving to Sequim three weeks ago.

“Everybody here's been so gracious, so very nice,” Conway said.

“I really like the area.”

Walk-in clinic

Two of the providers introduced at the regular board meeting work at the new walk-in clinic in Sequim: Dr. Joel Finman and advanced registered nurse practitioner Linda Starck.

Finman moved to Sequim in 1999 to work at the Jamestown S'Klallam tribal clinic and left the area in 2006 to work in emergency departments and urgent care centers, most recently at Weed Army Community Hospital in Fort Irwin, Calif.

“He joined us several months ago as medical director of our walk-in clinic in Sequim,” Corley said.

“It's a great privilege to have him back.”

Starck owned and operated an urgent care clinic in central Washington before moving to Sequim in June 2011.

She practiced at OMC clinics in Sequim before becoming the first provider at the walk-in clinic May 1.

“Linda is the reason we were able to open the facility on schedule,” Corley said.

Corley said the walk-in clinic at 840 N. Fifth Ave., Suite 1400, meets a “much-needed demand” in Sequim.

The clinic is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The hours of operation eventually will expand.

“We're almost fully staffed, but we need one more physician and some part-time APC [advanced practice clinician], and maybe another part-time physician,” OMC Chief Executive Officer Eric Lewis said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Carol Brokschmidt and advanced nurse practitioner and midwife Cheri Shields were introduced as the newest members of the Olympic Medical Physicians women clinic.

Brokschmidt came on as the full-time medical director of the clinic in March. She works with four midwives providing and obstetrics and gynecology services.

Shields joined the staff in July.

Orthopedic clinic

Physician's assistant Dean Short was introduced as the newest member of the OMP orthopedic clinic.

He moved to Port Angeles from Georgia in 2006 and joined Strait Orthopedics, where he worked until moving to OMP in February.

“He has brought with him quite a following,” Corley said.

“Even before he started with Olympic Medical Physicians, we had patients calling the orthopedic clinic saying that they wanted appointments with him.”

Lewis said OMC has “had a lot of success” in physician recruitment.

Five areas of emphasis for future recruitment are in primary care, the Sequim walk-in clinic, gastroenterology, hospitalists and an advanced practice clinician for cardiology.

“There's a lot going on in recruitment,” Lewis said.

“We still have more physicians we'd like to add, but we've made a lot of success this year,” he added.

“We saw some of it tonight.”

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: September 20. 2012 5:56PM
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