Meet Our Intern – Levi Bale

Where are you from?

I grew up in Baleville, just outside Raymond, Washington and graduated from South Bend High School in 2012.

Where do you go to school?

I’m currently finishing up my degree in Sport Science from Washington State University by completing this internship, which the accumulation of everything I’ve learned during my four years in Pullman. I will also be graduating from the WSU Honors College this December when I give my thesis presentation, titled Effects of Exercise Supplements on Exercise Program Adherence.

When did you discover you have an interest in health and wellness?

Growing up in a small community allowed me to be involved in all types of sports. During high school my interest in physical activity grew and I decided I wanted movement to be part of my everyday life. I built on that by certifying as a personal trainer and working my way through school at the WSU recreation center for three years. I finally discovered my passion for medicine when I volunteered as a camp counselor at a Muscular Dystrophy Association camp. I’ve participated in camp for two years and now I can’t get enough of learning about the possibilities medicine gives the people who previously thought that there was no treatment for their illness.

Why did you choose to intern at Washington Orthopaedic Center?

After spending four years in Pullman I knew it was time to come back close to home and give back to the communities that helped raise me. There’s a special atmosphere that surrounds small communities and that is something I want to contribute to. Washington Orthopaedic Center is special in itself, whereas the family friendly environment allows me to learn in closer proximity and in contact with the patients and health professionals, something I may not have been exposed to at a large hospital setting.

What are your hobbies?

I can’t get enough of being active, so when I’m not working I’m at the gym, mountain, beach, or lake. When I’m not moving around I like to cook different ethnic foods that my foreign friends have suggested to me or work on improving my Spanish. A good book is always a solid option too!

What are you plans after you graduate?

I’m still looking into opportunities for after I graduate in December but among those I’m considering are volunteering in a medical facility in Central America or finding somewhere local to work. Once June rolls around I’ll be applying to medical schools around the country and hopefully be selected to begin school in 2018. Eventually I want to become a doctor specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

What I will be doing at schools:

You might find me at one of your local sporting events in the near future. If you see me please stop by at the educational table I’ll be covering. At the table I’ll have information and examples of injuries common to the sporting event being held, muscle/bone games, free WOC swag, and I’ll be open to discuss any questions you may have about improving your or your child’s well being.

Job Opening for Full Time Medical Assistant (MA) Position

Job Summary

The Medical Assistant (MA) operates in a team with other clinic healthcare providers and support staff. The assistant escorts patients to the exam rooms and assists providers while treating patients. The MA assists with treatments as directed; taking vital signs, maintaining electronic medical records and writing reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
– Reads, speaks, understands and writes proficiently in English.
– Works independently and is self-directed.
– Works effectively in a team environment.
– Organizes, prioritizes, and coordinates multiple activities and tasks.
– Works with initiative, energy and effectiveness in a fast-paced environment.
– Remains calm and effective in high pressure situations.
– Produces work in high quantity and quality.
– Problem-solves with creativity and ingenuity.
– Use of multi-line telephones and other office machines.
– Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications; Word, Excel and Outlook.
– Knowledge of medical terminology.

Education:
– Graduation from an accredited school of practical nursing or medical assisting program
– Valid state license to practice practical nursing or certificate of medical assisting
– CPR certification

Experience:
– Customer service related experience working with the general public (1 year).

Preferred:
– Experience in a multiple provider medical practice.
– ICD-10 coding experience.
– Healthcare information systems, such as electronic health record and practice management systems experience.

Job Specific Functions/Performance Expectations:

1. Greets patients, interpreters and visitors, in person and by phone, in a prompt, courteous and helpful manner, responds to inquiries, takes messages, and provides accurate information regarding schedules and services.
2. Monitors schedules and patient arrivals, participates in sequencing patients, and provides assistance to co-workers to maintain a smooth and efficient patient flow for entire clinic for maximum productivity.
3. Assists the providers with minor diagnostic procedures, treatments and education as directed.
4. Demonstrates knowledge of examination, diagnostic, and treatment room procedures.
5. Complete triage duties as directed by the Clinical Nursing Supervisor.
6. Contacts patients prior to appointments to updated patients health history and information relevant to the appointment.
7. Review scheduled appointments in advance in preparation for the patient visit. Obtaining any needed information.
8. Timely review and completion of tasks as assigned.
9. Accurate and timely completion/documentation of services provided, to include submission of billing codes.
10. Keeps patient exam and procedure rooms fully stocked, organized, clean, safe and prepared before and after each patient encounter. Prepares appropriate instruments and materials for each treatment procedure.
11. Follows established inventory and supply monitoring system and purchasing protocols for maintaining stock and ordering supplies as assigned.
12. Follows established protocols for routine calibration, cleaning, disinfection, sterilization of instruments and equipment as assigned and identifies and reports maintenance and repair needs.
13. Adheres to attendance standards in order to perform the job functions for daily operations and/or continuity of patient care.
14. Promote continue quality improvement throughout the organization.

To apply, please email your resume to tnorthrup@waortho.com

Dr. Keith Birchard of Washington Orthopaedic Center Completes Board Certification Renewal

Orthopedic doctor Keith BirchardDr. Keith Birchard of Washington Orthopaedic Center recently completed his Board Certification Renewal with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). This requires an ongoing process of training and education as exemplified by the Board’s “MOC” (Maintenance of Certification).

According to the ABOS “…Those that have met the educational and organizational requirements necessary for certification through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery are distinguished orthopaedic surgeons who are active in patient care, education and research”

In order to maintain certification, Dr. Birchard is required to complete 120 hours of pertinent continuing medical education, and undergo a stringent peer review process. Maintenance of the certification process must be performed every seven to ten years.

Dr. Birchard is highly regarded in the Pacific Northwest and orthopedic community for his expertise in upper extremity surgery, general orthopaedic surgery, knee arthroscopy, total joint replacement, and fracture and trauma surgery – Click here to learn more about Dr. Keith Birchard.

If you would like to learn more about the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery visit https://www.abos.org/

Dr. Keith Anderson of Washington Orthopaedic Center Completes Board Certification Renewal

Keith Anderson, orthopedic doctorDr. Keith Anderson of Washington Orthopaedic Center recently completed his Board Certification Renewal with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). This requires an ongoing process of training and education as exemplified by the Board’s “MOC” (Maintenance of Certification).

According to the ABOS “…Those that have met the educational and organizational requirements necessary for certification through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery are distinguished orthopaedic surgeons who are active in patient care, education and research”

In order to maintain certification, Dr. Anderson is required to complete 120 hours of pertinent continuing medical education, and undergo a stringent peer review process. Maintenance of the certification process must be performed every seven to ten years.

Dr. Anderson is well known in the Pacific Northwest and orthopedic community for his expertise in arthritis surgery, total knee and total hip replacements, hand surgery, sports medicine, and arthroscopic surgery. To learn more click here to visit his biography.

If you would like to learn more about the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery visit www.abos.org

Dr. Michael Dujela Recognized by the Global Foot and Ankle Congress

BIG congratulations to our own Dr. Michael Dujela, who was recognized by the Global Foot and Ankle Congress  for his commitment and contributions to the world of foot and ankle surgery.

“The Global Foot and Ankle Congress is comprised of thought leaders in the field of foot and ankle surgery from around the globe. GFAC’s mission is to promote an international exchange of scientific knowledge and experience in the field of foot and ankle pathology and treatment”

Faculty was comprised of internationally recognized orthopedic and podiatric surgeons around the world.
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    Dr. Michael Dujela Becomes Partner at Washington Orthopaedic Center

Dr. Michael Dujela Becomes Partner at Washington Orthopaedic Center

Korea LecturingWashington Orthopaedic Center is excited to announce that Dr. Dujela has officially become the newest WOC partner.  Dr. Dujela has been at WOC since July 2014 and has provided Lewis County with expert Foot & Ankle care since 2002.

He is a frequent lecturer and instructor on foot and ankle surgery at medical conferences nationally.  In addition, he has served as faculty internationally at orthopedic surgery conferences and continues to teach surgical techniques to other physicians at various surgical skills courses.  Dr. Dujela is currently the National Chairman of the Education and Scientific Affairs Committee of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, which represents over 7000 surgeons around North America.

WOC is thankful to have Dr. Dujela in this role and is excited for the continued expertise, patient care and professionalism that he has already contributed to WOC.

To learn more about Dr. Dujela, please visit his biography page.

WOC Spring 2016 Newsletter

Curious what’s new at Washington Orthopaedic Center? Check out our most recent newsletter for Spring 2016! Click the image below for viewing.

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2016 1st Quarter WOCEE Winner Announced

Susan May, Washington Orthopaedic CenterThe 1st quarter 2016 Washington Orthopaedic Center Employee Excellence (WOCEE) Award Winner is Susan Macy!  Susan was recognized for taking on many extra tasks, her willingness to assist in all areas and her excellent teamwork skills. Thank you for everything you do, Susan. 

 

Patient Reviews for our Orthopedic Doctors and Staff

1. The nursing and medical staff were:

“Excellent”

“Considerate (Debbie)”

“Friendly”

“Great”

2. The imaging technicians (X-ray or MRI) were:

“Excellent”

“Made sure I’d be safe climbing the ladder! (Russ)”

3. Who in particular impressed you?

“This office did excellent from scheduling, arrival, care and discharge with follow-up appointment.”
“Best clinic visit ever!”
“PA-C Huntley has a terrific bedside manner. Great with kids.”
“Your staff was wonderful. I have already recommended you.”
“Chris Huntley, PA-C, his nurse and x-ray tech.”
“Was just nice to have everyone working together to get my care taken care of.”
“Everything”
“Love Dr. Dujela”
“There speed and friendly service. You didn’t feel rushed and they listen to you.”
“Amy Ashmore”
“Everyone”
“Dr. Dujela and his nurse today. I have been to Oly Ortho and will NEVER go back. I will recommend WA ortho clinic to all friends and family. Thank you!”
“Dr. Dujela, it is obvious that he loves what he does. So glad he has joined your excellent office!”
“Chris Huntley, PA-C. You could not beat Chris Huntley he is the best! What a attest to your group!”
“All staff work well as a team to meet the patient’s needs.”
“Dr. Anderson.”
“All Staff”
“IV nurse in surgery when inserting IV into hand, no pain!”
“Dr. Slattery and his crew”
“Dr. Dujela and the X-ray Tech.”
“I was impressed with the number of people they serve (it was crowded!) yet they are friendly, attentive and efficient.”

We’re Hiring – Physician Assistant (PA)

OVERALL PURPOSE OF JOB:

The Physician Assistant provides primary health care and performs selective medical services under the direction of the clinic physician including but not limited to clinic exams, and hospital surgical assist/rounds.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Ÿ Obtains complete medical histories and physical data on patients and reviews patient records.

Ÿ Interprets and integrates data to determine appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Ÿ Performs complete physical exams, records findings and establishes presumptive diagnoses.

Ÿ Orders appropriate laboratory and diagnostic procedures.

Ÿ Synthesizes data to determine preliminary diagnoses and therapeutic plans utilizing principles of prevention.

Ÿ Administers injections, immunizations and oral medications, sutures wounds and prepares written prescription orders for drugs and controlled substances.

Ÿ Interviews and advises patients regarding health and illness prevention and recommends community resources to meet patient and family needs.

Ÿ Instructs patients and families regarding medications and treatment instructions and provides patient education.

Ÿ Assists physicians by recording patient progress notes, issuing and transcribing diagnostic orders.

Ÿ Triages patient telephone calls and provides consultation as needed.

Ÿ Performs independent evaluations and treatment procedures in emergency situations.

Ÿ Provides monitoring and continuity of care between physician visits.

Ÿ Assists in hospital surgical procedures.

Ÿ Conducts rounds and general follow-up post-surgery including but not limited to hospital rounds

Ÿ Participates in professional development activities and maintains professional affiliations.

Ÿ Performs other responsibilities within job class as requested by the Physician.

Part 2: JOB REQUIREMENTS

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

Ÿ Knowledge of organizational policies, regulations and procedures to administer patient care
Ÿ Knowledge of medical equipment and instruments to effectively administer patient care
Ÿ Knowledge of common safety hazards and precautions to establish a safe work environment
Ÿ Skilled in applying and modifying principles, methods and techniques of medicine necessary to provide ongoing patient care
Ÿ Skilled in recording medical histories, assessing medical conditions and interpreting findings
Ÿ Skilled in preparing and maintaining records, writing reports and responding to correspondence
Ÿ Ability to develop and maintain quality control standards
Ÿ Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, medical staff and the public
Ÿ Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations
Ÿ Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures
Ÿ Ability to communicate clearly and effectively

EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS, SPECIAL TRAINING:

Ÿ Graduation from an accredited Physician’s Assistant program
Ÿ Certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician’s Assistants

EXPERIENCE:

One year experience as Physician’s Assistant

To learn more call us at (360) 736-2889 or apply in person at 1900 Cooks Hill Rd, Centralia, WA 98531
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