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Spring 2019

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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PracticeLink.com S PRIN g 2019 85 live & practice Now recruiting on PracticeLink.com: Provider Solutions + Development 53 Team Health 68 Washington State Department of Corrections for a permanent position, his wife, a California native, had some ideas. Seattle felt too gray, and when they moved back to Portland for a short time, that did not feel perfectly right for them either. "In that time, I really developed a better understanding of what I wanted in a practice," he says. "I was working at a multispecialty clinic owned by an outside, for-profit entity, and there were some aspects of the job that didn't seem optimal. Likewise, we were looking for a little different type of lifestyle to raise our family." He found Providence Health & Services and Walla Walla, and he knew it was a fit. "There is a very robust medical community here. It serves as a referral center for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington," he says. "That attracted me, coming from bigger cities where I was used to having a lot of subspecialties around me. I was struck by that." In Walla Walla, Providence Health & Services operates the 142-bed St. Mary's Hospital, which also has a 14-bed IC u and eight beds for in-patient rehab. There are also primary care and specialty clinics throughout Walla Walla, says Providence Provider Recruiter Amy Knoup. The mission of Providence Health & Services is to care for the poor and vulnerable. Knoup says that the organization deploys system-wide initiatives to meet the needs of those demographics, and Davidson adds that Providence strives to make decisions based on values that support those populations. In addition to serving migrant workers in the wine industry and agricultural sector, the hospital also sees patients who are family members or loved ones visiting the nearby prison. Davidson spent the first part of his career at Providence working as a pulmonary critical care doctor. He then transitioned into a leadership role, and for the past dozen years has led the medical group. "As you talk to new providers, we strive to create an environment in which we want to partner with the physician to best support them so they can have a fulfilling professional career and an enjoyable life outside of medicine," he says. "What I'm trying to get at is, some places, how you work is pretty well-defined. Here, we're much more likely to say, 'What fits your lifestyle?'" As a result, many providers in Walla Walla work less than full-time. This f lexibility, says Davidson, is part of the organization's core beliefs. In Walla Walla, Providence is currently recruiting hospitalists, as well as physicians specializing in primary care and internal medicine, hematology, oncology and neurology. W hen Knoup talks to candidates, she emphasizes the importance of Providence being a mission-driven organization. "We want all the providers to be fully invested in that," she says. She also underscores the amazing location, access to outdoor activities, unique dining options and phenomenal

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