What is your hospital size and how many beds do you have?
Tri-State Memorial Hospital is an independent, community-owned critical access hospital with 25 inpatient beds. Our campus currently includes a medical office building with physician clinic suites, a wound healing center and sleep lab, outpatient dialysis centers, a state of the art imaging and women’s diagnostic center, several additional clinic sites and an assisted living center. We serve an area of approximately 90,000 including the southeast corner of Washington State and parts of Idaho and Oregon.
What does critical access status involve?
A Critical Access Hospital (CAH) is a hospital that is certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. The reimbursement that CAHs receive is intended to improve their financial performance and thereby reduce closures of rural hospitals. CAHs are certified under a different set of Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoP) that are more flexible than the acute care hospital CoPs.
How many physicians are on staff at Tri-State Memorial Hospital?
We have over 100 physicians on staff in addition to more than 30 Allied Health Staff.
What is the practice model used at Tri-State Memorial Hospital?
Our medical staff includes physicians who are employed by the hospital as well as independent practice. We offer both opportunities and can be flexible to meet the physician’s needs. Specialties currently employed include family practice, nephrology, general surgery, wound healing and hyperbaric medicine, and internal medicine as well as several physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
What is the pay range for your opportunities?
We base our physician salaries on the Medical Group Management Data. Competitive compensation packages are based on skills and experience.
What is the payor mix?
We have a payor mix that includes privately insured patients, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Is Tri-State Memorial Hospital designated as a Trauma Center?
Yes. We are a Level IV trauma center. Tri-State Memorial Hospital has also earned a Level II Cardiac Center and a Level II Stroke Center designation from the Washington State Department of Health as part of the new Emergency Cardiac and Stroke System (ECS System).
What practice opportunities are there and how are they determined?
For, current practice opportunities, visit the Opportunities page on this site. We determine our needs through annual strategic planning and constant analysis of community need. As a small, flexible organization, we can react quickly to newly identified needs.
How does the interview process work?
Once our recruiter has received your CV, they will review your qualifications and experience and contact you to discuss the opportunity in more detail. At that point, if both parties agree that the opportunity merits more exploration, then the recruiter will set up a phone interview with one or more hospital leaders. If there is still interest on both sides, the next step would be to plan for a physician tour/visit to meet with the appropriate administrators and physicians and to explore our community. We encourage the physician’s spouse to accompany him/her on this visit.
How long does it take to get a Washington license and how do I obtain one?
Typically, the process for a Washington medical license takes about three months. Our credentialing specialist will assist the physician with the application and monitor the process, keeping in close contact with the physician. For more information, you can visit the Washington State Department of Health website and select Licensing/Certification. Select your specialty to view specific licensing information.
Because our community borders the state of Idaho, the physician may also need to apply for licensure in Idaho if he/she will be needing privileges at the nearby Idaho hospital. This is typical if the physician will be providing any services in the Idaho facility.
What is the process for receiving privileges at Tri-State Memorial Hospital ?
Once you begin the process to obtain a Washington license, you can apply for medical staff privileges (credentialing). Applications are usually processed and approved with 90 days.
How long does it take to get on insurance contract?
The process for gaining participation in the insurance contracts we participate in can take 60-90 days. Our credentialing specialist and billing manager will assist the physician in providing the insurance companies with necessary credentialing information and obtaining the proper provider numbers. Credentialing applications can be submitted once a physician has been granted medical staff privileges at the hospital.
What is the average cost of homes in your area?
The price and style of homes varies in the Lewis Clark Valley. Homes range from $50,000 to over $500,000. Apartments and condos are also available to rent or own. For more information about homes visit the Lewis-Clark Association of Realtors, Lewis Clark Valley Chamber and Valley Vision Economic Development.
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