With the advent of 2020, PCMS Executive Director Bruce Ehrle will begin a two-year tenure as Chair of the Medical Resident Education Committee at Community Health Care. The committee oversees management and metrics of the residency program at CHC’s clinics throughout Pierce County, with those residents often carrying out duties in partner provider settings. The residency program includes family medicine, nurse practitioner, dentistry, and pharmacy training.
Community Health Care is a Federally Qualified Health Center offering care to a patient population that includes those with private insurance, federal insurance, and no insurance. CHC serves a large Medicaid patient population. For those with constrained financial situations, as a federally backed safety net provider, CHC offers care on a sliding scale based on ability to pay. No one is turned away.
PCMS and CHC have a long history as partners in the community. The PCMS Foundation supports the patient fund at CHC that is put toward care for those in economic distress. Bruce also currently serves on a committee helping Community Health Care plan celebrations for its 50th anniversary as a provider organization. Last month, PCMS named Jeff Smith, MD, the Medical Director at CHC, as the Society’s recipient of its 2019 Community Service Award for his long time enthusiastic care of patients, his leading role in creating the family medicine residency at CHC during a time when such residency slots are badly needed and when primary care providers are in increasingly short supply, and for his contributions to and collaboration with PCMS including past service as President of the Society. CHC pays PCMS membership fees for all of their physicians and PAs and offers financial support to the PCMS Annual Meeting Banquet each year.
Bruce looks forward to his new role as a way to contribute to the valuable residency program at Community Health Care and as a further link in the ongoing partnership between PCMS and CHC.