Acute Care Services

When we say “Acute Care Unit or ACU” we are referring to the inpatient unit of our hospital. Patients in the ACU receive high quality treatment for a severe injury or episode of illness, an urgent medical condition, rehab, or if you are recovering from surgery. Our ACU Care Team consists of hospitalists, registered nurses, technicians and other team members wo are all dedicated to making your stay as comfortable as possible while you recover and heal. We provide fresh, made-to-order meals through custom meal plans, lots of personal attention from our nursing staff and a quiet, peaceful setting in a private room for patients to recuperate.

Summit Pacific’s Acute Care Unit offers the following:

  • Private patient rooms.
  • Low nurse to patient ratio.
  • Activities and weekend exercise plans.
  • Nutrition counseling and fresh, made to order meals.
  • Integrated services-ensures that care is high quality and delivered fast.
  • On-site Pharmacist and IV therapy.
  • On-site Rehab Services to include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy.
  • Rapid Response Team and Emergency Department provides earlier intervention to prevent the worsening of a condition.
  • Advanced on-site diagnostics provides care team with timely results and faster patient care.
  • Our Social Service team are also a part of the ACU clinical team, making discharge and home care planning a part of every patient’s care transition for discharge.

Visiting Hours

Visitation is currently, and has been, limited at all Summit Pacific facilities. Summit Pacific continues to monitor the risk of COVID-19 and will continue to adjust visitor restrictions as necessary and required by State and County restrictions. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and your help in keeping our community healthy and safe. If you are experiencing a fever or any signs of illness we ask you to postpone your visit until symptoms resolve.

  • COVID negative patients are allowed one visitor at a time visiting hours 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • COVID positive patients are allowed one visitor per day during visiting hours 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors must wear full personal protective equipment.
  • Visitation for our End-of-life care patients is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may occur at any hour of the day.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding during this time. If you have questions or concerns, please call (360) 346-2283.

Our Hospitalist Providers

In addition to our providers listed below, we also have resident physicians in training who care for our inpatients alongside our hospitalists.



Ken Dietrich, MD

Chief Medical Officer and Hospitalist

Dr. Ken Dietrich comes to Summit Pacific Medical Center with extensive knowledge in both medicine and administration. Prior to accepting the CMO role, Dr. Dietrich spent a year and a half working in SPMC’s Emergency Department. Dr. Dietrich is excited about Summit Pacific’s vision statement and realizes that Grays Harbor is an underserved area. His work at Summit Pacific will include evaluating systems, developing services, and working with our providers to ensure they have the resources they need to provide great care. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He has worked in critical care medicine for more than 34 years. He served as a pediatric critical care physician at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma for 26 years.

Dr. Dietrich received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1982. After receiving his medical degree, he received residency training in pediatrics at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University. After completing his residency Dr. Dietrich traveled to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison where he completed his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care. After completing fellowship Dr. Dietrich became the PICU Medical Director for LSU Medical School in Shreveport, Louisiana where he started their first PICU program. After successfully developing the PICU program, Dr. Dietrich and his family decided it was time to move back to the Pacific Northwest.

He came to Mary Bridge in Tacoma in 1990 as a pediatric intensivist and built a private practice from one employee to a large multi-specialty group, Pediatric Specialty Services. From 1997-2005, Dr. Dietrich led the development of a large Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) through partnerships between his multi-specialty group, a large primary care pediatric group, and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. The PHO, Mary Bridge Children’s Health Alliance, was engaged in program development, risk and fee-for-service contracting, installation of an EMR system throughout the hospital and physician practice locations, as well as billing, collecting, and other back office areas for over 240 physicians.  During those years Dr. Dietrich pursued additional education, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies, a Masters in Business Education, and lastly a Masters in Christian Studies.

Dr. Dietrich has a wealth of experience managing various organizations including, time as President and CEO of InVivo Health Partners, sponsor and board member of the Pierce County Children’s Health Coalition, Chairman of the Board of Christian Athletic Program and Executive Administrator of Living Grace Ministries.  He also served as President and CEO of a Tacoma Bible College from 1998-2014. Dr. Dietrich has traveled and offered overseas medical care through Operation Smile, and developed a youth soccer league, FC United, in Tacoma where he spent 15 years as a youth soccer coach.

He and his wife live on a farm outside of Elma where their 10 grandchildren love to visit and play with the animals. He looks forward to the community feel of SPMC and the personal feel of being able to see patients out in the community. He is excited to join the passionate and visionary executives at SPMC to develop our hospital district’s services.



Benjamin Schultze, PhD, MSN, M.Ed, CHSE, ACNP-BC

Hospitalist

Dr. Schultze is the Medical Director for the Acute Care Unit at SPMC. He obtained his acute care nurse practitioner training at Yale University and then completed his PhD at Vanderbilt University with a focus on cytokine regulation in cancer. He is passionate about delivering individualized holistic care to all of his patients. His expertise is treating acute or chronically ill hospitalized patients. He serves in the United States Air Force in the Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) unit and was named the AE officer of the year in 2017. Dr. Schultze developed the entire simulation curriculum to prepare USAF members for combat medical operations. He is also the Director of the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon where he is also a professor. There he teaches applied pathophysiology to nursing and medical students. Additionally, he is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer. When not working, Dr. Schultze can be found lost in the woods somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.



Jordan Snell, DO

Hospitalist

Jordan Snell grew up in the small farming community of Lexington, NE before moving to Colorado after high school. He received his degree from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His rural upbringing and the desire to practice family medicine motivated him through medical school. Jordan feels strongly about making excellent care accessible to the underserved and marginalized. He currently lives in Centralia, WA where he is raising his three children.