Category Archives: Hospitals

Introduction to the Everett Clinic

Everett Clinic was founded when four local physicians partnered together following World War I.  Atthe time, the city of Everett was thriving.  Lumber was a huge industry and many migrated to the city looking for jobs in the mills.  When the Great Depression hit a few years later, the clinic survived because they provided medical care to mill employees.  The four founders, Drs. Samuel Caldbick, Harry Secoy, Arthur Gunderson, and Leo Trask, created a healthcare organization that continues to serve patients in the Everett and larger Snohomish County communities.

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As time went on, the organization gradually grew.  Each new location meant that more providers and medical specialties were added into the organization.   Today’s Everett Clinic has 28 locations serving Snohomish County communities.  There are primary care services offered for patients of all ages.  Specialty care services include physical therapy, pain care, surgery, obstetrics, and many more.
In 2016, the organization passed two milestones.  It opened its first clinic outside of Snohomish County—in Shoreline.  Second, the Everett Clinic merged with DaVita Healthcare Partners, a Fortune 500 company that shares similar core values.

Organizational Values
The Everett Clinic provides value to their patients by prioritizing service, quality, and cost. Simply, this means that the organization recognizes that patients need treatment plans that meet their personal goals.  Throughout the organization, Everett Clinic providers provide high-quality care while also working with patients to determine the best care plan for the individual.
The organizational values translate to how the organization cares for their employees.  The Everett Clinic provides medical, dental, and vision insurance to eligible employees.  There is also paid time off, disability insurance, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, 401(k) plans and more.  The organization shares similar goals with its new partner after their 2016 merger.  DaVita Healthcare Partners has the core values of service, integrity, team, continuous improvement, accountability, fulfillment and fun.  In 2011 the Everett Clinic was recognized nationally as one of the best places to work.  In 2013, it was named as the fifth largest private employer in Snohomish County.

The Everett Clinic has provided important medical care to Snohomish County residents since 1924. Although the scope of the organization’s offerings has expanded, it is still driven by the same values that its four founders held.  Provide high-quality care to patients that helps the patient reach their personal health goals.  With 28 clinic locations sprinkled throughout Snohomish County, the Everett Clinic is an important part of the healthcare landscape in western Washington.


About DaVita Inc. Davita: Bringing Quality to Life.  https://www.davita.com/about.  Accessed February 21, 2017.
Benefits: For the Whole You. The Everett Clinic, http://www.everettclinic.com/work-everett-clinic/benefits-whole-you. Accessed February 22, 2017.
Everett, Washington. Wikipedia, 20 February 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everett,_Washington. Accessed February 21, 2017.
Maps and Directions. The Everett Clinic, http://www.everettclinic.com/find-us. Accessed February 21, 2017.
More than 90 Years of Excellence. The Everett Clinic, http://www.everettclinic.com/about-us/more-90-years-excellence. Accessed February 21, 2017.
Our Core Values. The Everett Clinic,  http://www.everettclinic.com/about-us/our-core-values. Accessed February 21, 2017.
Snohomish County. Wikipedia, 2 February 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snohomish_County%2C_Washington. Accessed February 21, 2017.

4 Reasons Why You Should Share Financial Goals with Staff

There are two sides to the American healthcare system: financial and patient care. While most staff recognize the existence of both, few are aware of their organizations financial goals.  In almost all offices, there are at least two people—the clinic manager and the medical director—who know the organization’s patient-care and financial goals. Smart healthcare leaders share financial information with their clinic staff.  Failing to share this information is a mistake.FL83630

After all, it’s difficult to expect a clinic team to collectively work to accomplish goals when they aren’t aware of them.  Here are responses to some common objections to sharing financial goals with clinic staff.

Objection: What are financial goals?

Response:  Financial goals are the targets that your clinic is reaching toward. Is it a decrease in the no show rate?  Is it an increase in payments from providers?  The specifics vary between organizations.  Summarizing information on financial goals should be easy.  If it cannot be described in a few sentences, continue simplifying until it can.

Objection:  My staff don’t need to know about the organization’s financial goals.

Response:  Many medical directors assume that their staff are uninterested in the larger goals of the organization. That’s not true. Since staff receive paychecks, they already have a vested interest in the financial success of the organization.

Objection:  It doesn’t benefit the organization to share the financial goals.

Response: When managers don’t share information on goals, they actively prevent their staff from assisting.  Since goals cannot always be easily achieved, smart managers recruit their staff to help reach them. Staff suggestions won’t always work.  Frequently, a staff member offers a solution that the managers hadn’t considered.

Objection:  Our first priority is patient care.

Response: Perfect.  Healthcare organizations should focus on providing high-quality patient care first.  The two goals are not mutually exclusive.  Staff can provide high-quality patient care and also be aware of the financial goals of the organization.

Finances and patient care make up the two sides to the American healthcare system. One cannot exist without the other.  Staff realize this, yet many managers still fail to share financial goal information with staff.  Reaching goals takes concentrated effort.  Smart healthcare leaders will share this information with staff to ensure that there is as much brainpower as possible working to achieve goals. Managers who fail to share the information intentionally limit their chances of success.

Community Highlight: Sunnyside


Tucked in Yakima County, Sunnyside is a city with 6.63 square miles and a unique history.  The name “Sunnyside” was borrowed from a nearby canal project.  When they named the town, residents also believed that the Sunnyside Canal would help irrigate the surrounding area.  Unfortunately, the project was pulled after the 1893 economic crash.

Around the same time period, the German Baptist Progressive Brethren chose Sunnyside as the new location for their Christian colony.  After buying the town’s development company, they put morality clauses into the deed of every piece of land that they sold.  The city was officially incorporated into Washington state in September 1902.

Proximity
Located in central Washington, Sunnyside is 177 miles southeast of Seattle and 225 miles southwest of Spokane.  Sunnyside is also 181 miles northeast of Portland.

Population
The 2010 U.S. Census listed 15,858 residents living in Sunnyside. 2015 population estimates indicate that the population is closer to 16,325.
Climate
Sunnyside has a unique cold desert climate. During the summer, Sunnyside is warm and dry. Average summer temperatures range from the mid-40s to the low 90s.  Winter temperatures are dry and cold.  Average winter temperatures range from the low 20s to the low 40s.  Regardless of the season, the city averages 1 inch of precipitation per month (or 12 inches per year.)

Education
The Sunnyside School District has 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 high school.  Nearby colleges include the Yakima Valley Community College and Central Washington University.

Activities
Outdoor enthusiasts love Sunnyside’s proximity to Mount Rainier National Park.  (The middle of the park is only 100 miles northwest of the city.)   The Hanford Reach National Monument also offers hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities.   For those who prefer different options, there’s the Sunnyside Historical Museum and the Steppe Cellars Winery.  Each December, Sunnyside hosts annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade, which features decorated pieces of farm equipment. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that many wait all year for.
In the late 19th century, the German Brethren chose Sunnyside as a beautiful respite for their Christian colony.  Since then, the city has changed, a lot.  Yet it still offers unique benefits to residents and visitors alike.  It offers warm summers and cold winters; many people find these seasonal signals comforting. Annually it only averages 12 inches of precipitation.  Additionally, with 16,000+ residents the city is perpetually growing and changing.   Take time to see what today’s Sunnyside looks like, and help imagine what the city will look like in the future.

 


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Steppe Cellars.  “About Us.” 2014. (http://www.steppecellars.com/about-steppe-cellars-winery) retrieved September 25, 2016.

Sunnyside School District. “Sunnyside School District: Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow.” (http://www.sunnysideschools.org/) retrieved September 25, 2016.

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Introduction to the Olympic Medical Center

Centered in Clallam County, Washington, Olympic Medical Center provides primary and specialty care to more than 70,000 residents.  Since its 1951 founding, the organization continues to meet the health needs its local community.

Mission and Values
Olympic Medical Center’s mission is working together to provide excellence in healthcare. The organization focuses on improving individual patient experience, improving the community’s health, and financial stewardship.  Additional organizational values include quality, safety, teamwork, compassion, respect, integrity, and stewardship.

History
Olympic Medical Center has advocated for the health of local residents since it was founded in November 1951.  As the community’s needs grew and changed, so did Olympic Medical Center.  After joining the Washington Trauma Designated Hospital System in 1995, Olympic Medical Center became a Level 3 trauma center.  It is one of two Level 3 trauma centers on the Olympic Peninsula
In 2007, Olympic Medical Center advocated for the health of its community when it took over ownership of a Virginia Mason primary care clinic.  This move ensured that thousands of residents maintained access to primary care services.  Clallam County residents passed a 2008 tax levy to reinvest money into Olympic Medical Center.  Funds helped support the emergency, maternity, and other hospital services.   It also helped the organization continue to serve the uninsured and recruit and retain physicians.

Locations and Scope of Services
Today’s Olympic Medical Center offers comprehensive medical care throughout Clallam County and west Jefferson County.  The hospital offers labor and delivery services, a surgical center, acute care, and a Level 3 trauma emergency room.  There are also 12 clinics in Port Angeles and Sequim that provide outpatient care including: primary care, cardiac, imaging, cancer care, rehabilitation therapy, laboratory services, and nutrition education.  Throughout its 66 year history, Olympic Medical Center has grown to meet the needs of the local community.  Regionally, the organization is a top medical provider and one of the largest employers with over one thousand employees.

Clallam County is one of the Washington state’s more scenic areas.  Throughout the area there is easy access to many of the state’s natural wonders including the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic National Forest, the Dungeness Spit, and many more.  For the past 6 decades, Olympic Medical Center has played an important role of meeting community health needs by providing medical care to over 70,000 residents.  Physicians and staff at the medical center get the opportunity to work in a large organization with a local community focus.


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OMP Clinics in Port Angeles and Sequim. Olympic Medical Center, 2017, http://www.olympicmedical.org/default.aspx?ID=69. Accessed January 8, 2017.

Two Organizations Helping Washington Communities with Health Care

More than 122,000 people moved to Washington state in 2016, which is the largest population increase since 2007.  Within the state, metropolitan counties saw higher increases than rural counties.  Yet these numbers prove that the population of Washington state continues to change.  Demographic changes often also indicate changing medical needs; after all, more health care in needed to serve more people. In western Washington, Neighborcare and Sea Mar Community Health Centers are continuing in their decades-long path to serve their local communities.Community Health Doctor

Neighborcare
History:

For over 40 years, the non-profit Neighborcare has been providing health care to low income and uninsured individuals and families, immigrants, seniors, and the homeless. Neighborcare has 4 core values: social justice, cultural sensitivity, community, and excellence. The organization’s ultimate goal is 100% access and zero health disparities.
Locations:

Neighborcare clinics are concentrated in Seattle neighborhoods with the highest health disparities.  Currently, the organization has 28 medical, dental, and school-based clinics throughout Seattle and Vashon Island.
Services:

With its wide variety of services, Neighborcare strives to provide a health care home for their patients. The organization offers primary medical and dental care, pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, behavioral health services, and more.

Sea Mar Community Health Centers
History:

Sea Mar began with a conversation between local Latino leaders about different ways to provide health care services to Spanish speaking residents. The first Sea Mar clinic opened in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood in 1978. Sea Mar has been a non-profit organization since its beginning in 1976.  Since its inception, the organization has continued to grow and change with the surrounding communities.  Unlike Neighborcare, Sea Mar Community Health Centers operates clinics outside of the greater Seattle region.
Locations:

Sea Mar operates 33 medical clinics and 19 dental clinics in 11 Washington counties.
Services:

Sea Mar offers medical, dental, and behavioral health care.  Additionally, many locations also offer laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, health education, long term care, maternity care, classes, and more.

For decades, Sea Mar Community Health Centers and Neighborcare have been providing vital health services to local populations that need support.  While both organizations began in Seattle, Sea Mar has expanded to operate many clinics throughout western Washington.  Neighborcare still is concentrated in Seattle, and its twelve school based clinics provide needed medical support for vulnerable children and teenagers.  Both organizations are models for how to take care of patients and provide needed services, regardless of ability to pay.

 


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Neighborcare. “Clinics & Staff.” 2016. (http://www.neighborcare.org/clinics) retrieved November 6, 2016.

Neighborcare. “Medical Clinics.” 2016. (http://www.neighborcare.org/clinics/medical) retrieved November 6, 2016.

Sea Mar Community Health Centers. “History.” (http://www.seamarchc.org/static_pages/history.php) retrieved November 6, 2016.

Sea Mar Community Health Centers. “Services/Locations.” 2015. (http://www.seamar.org/service_location.php) retrieved November 5, 2016.

Sea Mar Community Health Centers. “Welcome to Sea Mar Community Health Centers.” 2015. (http://www.seamarchc.org/) retrieved November 5, 2016.

State of Washington. “2016 Population Trends.” September 2016. (http://www.ofm.wa.gov/pop/april1/poptrends.pdf) retrieved November 6, 2016.Community Health Doctor

Community Highlight: Enumclaw

Enumclaw, WA

Located in Western Washington, Enumclaw is 25 miles north Mount Rainier National Park and 41 miles northwest of Crystal Mountain. Given this location, hiking, camping, and more are easily accessible for Enumclaw residents.  Enumclaw 40 miles southeast of Seattle and 309 miles southwest of Spokane. It’s also 171 miles north of Portland.

History

Although the first settlers in the region arrived in the 1850s, Enumclaw was founded in 1879 by Frank and Mary Stevenson.  Early residents called it Stevensonville, until the couple declined the name. The city was officially incorporated in January 1913.

Population
In 2010, the U.S. Census listed the population of Enumclaw as 10,669.  2015 population estimates list  the current population as 11,609.

Education
The Enumclaw Public School District has 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school. Green River Community College also has a campus in Enumclaw.

Economy
In the 1880s and 1890s, the city relied on hops production for a sizable chunk of the economy.  When the crop failed in the 1890s, residents moved toward dairy farming which continues to make up a significant part the economy.  The most common industries in Enumclaw’s current economy include construction, healthcare, education, and manufacturing.

Climate
Enumclaw has a mild climate.  Average summer temperatures range from the mid-40s to the high 70s.  Average winter temperatures range from the low 30s to the mid-40s.  Monthly precipitation peaks around November with an average of 8 inches.  On the other hand, mid-July only averages about 1.5 inches of precipitation.

Activities
Enumclaw is nestled between Crystal Mountain, Mount Rainier National Park, Mud Mountain Dam, and Nolte State Park.  With all of these outdoor locations, Enumclaw residents have easy access to a variety of outdoor activities.  Hiking, biking, and more are offered at the dam and the parks.  During the winter, Crystal Mountain offers skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snowshoeing.

Enumclaw hosts two annual events in July.  The King County Fair has a variety of attractions including competitions, rides, and booths.  The Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games  includes music, games, arts, and a dog show.

Enumclaw’s proximity to parks–and its mild climate–mean that residents have unending opportunities for outdoor adventure.  Those who are looking for a unique experience can test out the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland games, which draws many visitors to the area.   Since it’s only a few hours from Seattle, Spokane, and Portland, Enumclaw offers the chance to live outside of the city without being too far away.  Make the time to explore and see what captures your imagination first.


Resources

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City of Enumclaw. “King County Fair 2016.” (http://cityofenumclaw.net/447/King-County-Fair) retrieved October 13, 2016.

City of Enumclaw. “Visitor Information.” (http://www.ci.enumclaw.wa.us/263/Visitor-Information) retrieved October 12, 2016.

Enumclaw School District. “Headlines.” (http://www.enumclaw.wednet.edu/) retrieved October 12, 2016.

Seattle Scottish Highland Games Association. “70th Annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering.” (http://www.sshga.org/home.htm) retrieved October 13, 2016.

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. “Mud Mountain Dam.” (http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Locks-and-Dams/Mud-Mountain-Dam/) retrieved October 13, 2016.

Washington State Parks. “Nolte State Park.” (http://parks.state.wa.us/552/Nolte) retrieved October 13, 2016.
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A Quick Guide to Group Health

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For the over 60 years, Group Health Cooperative has played an important role in providing healthcare to northwest residents.  Founded in 1945 with the radical idea that healthcare should keep people healthy, the organization has led the way in the ever-changing world of healthcare and insurance.  Although skeptics initially questioned the organization’s unique mission, today’s Group Health continues to accomplish its original goal of providing high-quality, affordable healthcare.

Locations
Based in Seattle, Group Health provides care in 20 counties in Washington state and 2 counties in Idaho. Throughout these 22 counties, there are Group Health contracted medical centers, pharmacies, hospitals, and urgent care centers.

Members
There are approximately 630,000 active Group Health members.

Components of Group Health
There are 5 distinct organizations under the Group Health umbrella.
As the original piece of the organization, Group Health Cooperative has provided high-quality affordable healthcare to northwest residents since 1945.  Two-thirds of members seek care at Group-Health owned offices and clinics. Although care is available (with a referral) outside of the Group Health system, most providers refer patients to Group Health specialists.
In 1990, Group Health Options began providing a variety of health insurance options to local employers who wanted more flexibility.  Although each insurance plan varies, members usually have more choices in where to seek care.
Based in Seattle, Washington, Group Health Research Institute runs the organization’s research. Work from the Institute has helped Group Health become a national leader in treatment of certain medical conditions.
Group Health Foundation coordinates larger efforts to improve member and community health.  For example, Group Health collaborated with local public health departments to coordinate a childhood immunization initiative. supports members to develop and test innovative ideas.
Group Health Physicians is a medical professional organization that includes medical providers who work within the Group Health system.

Historical Highlights
1945: Social activists are inspired to found Group Health after hearing from Dr. Michael Shadid who founded the country’s first health cooperative in Oklahoma.
1946: The first formal membership meeting was held.
1947: Group Health opens their first hospital after buying out the Medical Security Clinic of Seattle.
1955: Group Health begins offering free Pap screenings to members.
1984: The New England Journal of Medicine recognizes Group Health for providing equal care for less money.
1991: Group Health opens Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Clinic.
1995: Group Health and Virginia Mason Medical Center partner together to improve care offered to Group Health members.
2016: Group Health members approve Kaiser Permanente’s bid to buy Group Health.  The Office of the Insurance Commissioner is reviewing this request; transition plans remain unclear.

Over 60 years ago, Group Health began challenging conventional ideas about how healthcare is supposed to work. The organization’s five components have helped Group Health become a strong force in healthcare regionally and nationally.  The organization’s longtime focus on preventative care led the way as the rest of the country’s healthcare world struggled to catch up.  It will be interesting to see where the organization goes next.

 


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Introduction to the Kadlec Clinic and the Tri-Cities

The 26 locations of the Kadlec Clinic provide important primary and specialty medical care throughout 7 southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon communities.  Centered in the Tri-Cities area, the organization operates clinics in Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, Pendleton, Hermiston, Prosser, and West Richland. Over the past 70 years, the Kadlec Clinic has grown and adapted to the community’s changing needs.

Mission
The Kadlec Clinic has a mission to provide quality healthcare by practicing its core tenets of integrity, cooperation, and respect.

Medical Specialties
Kadlec Clinic offers clinical care in 20 different specialties including pediatrics, gastroenterology, primary care, genetic counseling, and more.

History
In the 1940s, the Kadlec Clinic was created as a government-run medical facility.  Originally operated by the Atomic Energy Commission, the clinic offered medical care to the government workers of the nearby Hanford Nuclear Reactor project. Within one year of opening, the organization renamed itself after Lieutenant Colonel Henry R. Kadlec, a lead engineer in the Hanford Project, who was also the first person to die in the hospital.

In 1956, the government gave local citizens control over the facility’s future.  After a community vote the Kadlec Clinic became a self-run organization.  For the first time in its history, the Kadlec Clinic could care for everyone–not just government workers.  Throughout its history, the Kadlec Clinic has adapted to meet the changing needs of the growing Tri-Cities community.

Tri-Cities Highlights
Located in southeastern Washington, the cities of Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco combine to create the Tri-Cities.  In 2010 the population of the Tri-Cities was 253,340 people. In 2016 the state government estimated that the population was 279,170.  The work completed at the Hanford Nuclear Reactor played a significant role in population growth during World War II.

Hanford Reach National Monument offers a hiking, sightseeing, wildlife, and more. Winters typically range between the low 20s to the high 40s. Summer temperatures range from the low 50s to the high 80s.  The region averages 5-7 inches of precipitation each year.

Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco each operate their own public school districts.  Columbia Basin College and Washington State University offer post-secondary education.

Having begun as a government medical facility, the history of the Kadlec Clinic is closely linked to the history of the surrounding area. Each time the Tri-Cities changed, the clinic adapted as well.  It will be interesting to watch how the healthcare organization and its surrounding area continue to evolve over time.


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Community Highlight: Ellensburg

Downtown Ellensburg

Tucked in the middle of Washington State, Ellensburg is located 107 miles southeast of Seattle and 172 miles southwest of Spokane.  Ellensburg’s Central Washington University is what draws many new people to the area.  Yet the city offers so much more beyond the university, so it’s a worthy trip and destination.  Take the time to explore Ellensburg’s 6.92 square miles.  There’s something new for you to see.

History
Ellensburg’s first business was a trading post named “Robber’s Roost.”  Since the community hadn’t been established yet, the business relied on traders and Native Americans for purchases.  The city grew around “Robber’s Roost.  Officially incorporated in 1883, it was named after a town resident. When the Northern Pacific Railroad reached Ellensburg in 1886, it fueled additional growth.  In the 1880s, Ellensburg lost their bid to become the state capitol.  As a consolation prize, the city received the Washington State Normal School (later Central Washington University.

Climate
Ellenburg has a warm, dry climate.  Average summer temperatures range from the mid-40s to the low 80s.  Average winter temperatures range from the high teens to the low 30s.

Population
The 2010 U.S. Census listed Ellensburg with 18,174 residents. More recent population estimates suggest that Ellensburg’s population is now over 19,000.

Economy
The top three employers in Ellensburg are Central Washington University, Anderson Hay and Grain, and the Kittitas Valley Community Hospital.  Ellensburg is home to several local hay brokers and producers.  The region is internationally known for their crops of timothy hay, a staple food for cattle, horses, and small domesticated pets.

Education
The Ellensburg School District has three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.  For those seeking post-high school education, Central Washington University has been operating in Ellensburg since it opened in 1891.

Activities
Ellensburg offers a surprising array of choices for every interest.

  • Architecture fans can wander around the historical downtown district, and admire buildings built before the 1890s. (Many of these buildings were built to help Ellensburg in their one time bid to become state capitol.)
  • From April-November, the Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center offers daily tours and presentations about wind and solar energy.  From December-March, tours are available by appointment.
  • The Olmstead Place Historical Park was originally settled in 1875.  Family members of the original homesteaders gifted it to the state in 1968.  As a state park, it provides a unique look into the lives of pioneers and farmers.
  • Located across the street from the Ellensburg Fire Department and Police Station, Dick and Jane’s spot offers a unique collection of art pieces, sculptures, and totems.

Annual events in Ellensburg include

  • January: Winterhop Brewfest
  • Summer: Dachshunds on Parade annual event involving Dachshunds and their owners from across the Northwest.
  • Summer: Jazz in the Valley, music festival
  • Labor Day Weekend: The Ellensburg Rodeo
  • September: Buskers in the Burg, outdoor event involving performers, music, and puppets.

Although it is widely known for Central Washington University, Ellensburg has a fascinating mix of opportunities outside of the school.  Ellensburg offers events for fans of history, architecture, agriculture, music, art, and more. The only question remaining now is, when are you going?


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Washington State Park.  “Olmstead Place Historical State Park.” (http://parks.state.wa.us/556/Olmstead-Placehttp://parks.state.wa.us/556/Olmstead-Place) retrieved September 17, 2016

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Community Highlight: Moses Lake, Washington

Moses Lake Public LibraryMoses Lake Public Library

The past 70 years have transformed Moses Lake, Washington. Up until the 1940s, the city only had a few hundred residents.  Then Larson Air Force Base and the Grand Coulee Dam were completed.  Both brought in new residents and created the opportunity to create new businesses. Make the time to visit and witness what Moses Lake is becoming.

Proximity

Approximately in the middle of Washington State, Moses Lake is 209 miles southeast of Seattle and 104 miles northwest of Spokane. The lake itself provides 120 miles of shoreline and is the largest body of freshwater in the Grant County.

History
Many native tribes lived near Moses Lake for generations before the arrival of the first settlers. After their 1880s arrival, the settlers named the lake after Chief Moses of the Columbia-Sinkiuse tribe. The town was originally named Neppel after someone’s German hometown.  Life in Neppel was challenging. Irrigation attempts repeatedly failed and this prompted many settlers to leave soon after arriving. For those who stayed, there was a perpetual battle over water.

In 1929, the water rights were reassigned to the Moses Lake Irrigation Department. In 1938, the city was incorporated as Moses Lake. The 1940s brought the creation of the Grand Coulee Dam and the Larson Air Force Base.  When complete, the Grand Coulee Dam brought irrigation to Moses Lake residents who had struggled without it for decades.  Larson Air Force Base was built to train wartime pilots to fly planes, including P-28 Lightenings and the B-17 Flying Fortresses.  Closed immediately after the war, Larson Air Force Base reopened in 1948.  Officially closed again in 1966, Larson Air Force Base is now Grant County International Airport.

Population
Before completion of the Grand Coulee Dam, in 1940, the Moses Lake population was 326.  After its completion, in 1950, the population was 2,659.  The 2010 US Census listed the population of Moses Lake as 20,366.

Climate
Moses Lake has a warm, dry climate. In the summer, average temperatures range from the mid-50s to the high-80s.  Winter temperatures typically range from the mid-20s to the low 40s. Average annual precipitation is between 7-8 inches.

Transportation
Interstate 90 and State Route 17 run through Moses Lake.  Public bus service is provided by the Grant Transit Authority.  Closed in 1966, Larson Air Force Base reopened as Grant County International Airport with a variety of flight types.
Today’s Moses Lake offers a rich history and a variety of activities ranging from water activities to golf to concerts at nearby Gorge Amphitheater.  In less than 100 years, Moses Lake has morphed from a barren area with few residents to a bustling city on the water.  There is a lot to do and a rich history to learn.  Moses Lake is poised for continued growth.  Now the only question is, what’s next for the town?  Take the time to go and find out.

Resources

Center for Columbia River History. “Columbia Communities- Moses Lake.” (http://www.ccrh.org/comm/moses/index.php) retrieved September 4, 2016.

City of Moses Lake. “History of Moses Lake” (http://www.cityofml.com/index.aspx?nid=116) retrieved September 4, 2016

City of Moses Lake. “Moses Lake Museum and Art Center” (http://www.cityofml.com/index.aspx?NID=484) retrieved September 4, 2016

Grant Transit Authority-GTA. “History.” (http://www.gta-ride.com/history.htm) retrieved Septemer 5, 2016,

Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce. “Attractions.” (http://www.moseslake.com/attractions.html) retrieved September 4, 2016

Wikipedia. “Moses Lake, Washington.” September 2, 2016. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_Lake,_Washington) retrieved September 4, 2016.