St. Peter-Summit Pacific Rural Family Medicine Program
We are an ACGME-accredited, rural family medicine residency program affiliated with Providence St. Peter Hospital in nearby Olympia, Washington, and the first rural training program in Grays Harbor County. Residents gain hands-on, full scope family medicine training across the spectrum of rural primary care delivery, including ambulatory care in our new Wellness Center, emergency and urgent care in our high-volume rural Emergency Department and onsite Urgent Care Clinic, and wide-ranging disease presentations requiring inpatient care in our critical access hospital.
Our innovative curriculum is a traditional 1:2 rural program integrated with Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency program. Educational experiences span the continuum of patient care, from a large urban core hospital to a rural critical access hospital, ambulatory care, and rural health clinics.
Physicians are specially trained to lead interprofessional health teams, care for the needs of all patients, and serve the healthcare needs of the rural community. In the rural setting, residents work alongside our community based, experienced Family Medicine faculty as an integral part of an inter-professional health care team to provide care for the culturally diverse, rurally located, and often underserved patient population in Grays Harbor County.
Unique features of the Providence St. Peter-Summit Pacific Rural Family Medicine program include:
- Opportunities to train longitudinally with specialists in the rural setting, including OB/GYN
- Dermatology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, and General Surgery
- Collaboration with rural community health partners for unique patient care integration across settings
- Innovative low barrier substance use disorder clinic and addiction medicine training including Suboxone management
- Full spectrum family medicine training including OB from well-trained family physicians
- Interprofessional team-based care delivery approach in the rural setting with pharmacy, nursing, nutrition, physical therapy, social services, naturopathy, and health administration professionals
- High patient volume and diverse disease presentations in emergency, urgent care, inpatient and ambulatory care delivery settings
- Opportunity for learning a wide spectrum of ambulatory and hospital procedures
- Integration with medical student education to optimize clinical teaching skills
- Options for full spectrum family medicine practice and faculty teaching jobs at Summit Pacific Medical Center post-residency
Additionally, Grays Harbor is an exceptional place to work and live. Grays Harbor is loaded with unique qualities that you don’t find everywhere; including virtually no crowds to contend with, plenty of options of things to do, and a moderate cost-of-living. This unspoiled region offers a simpler way of life and an easygoing routine, void of heavy traffic and frustrating work commutes.
With roughly 71,000 residents living within the county, the nearly 2,000 square miles of land makes for incredible opportunities to own acres of property while still living near the city. Whether you prefer a more rural setting to call home, or a beach loving lifestyle, you can find it here on the beautiful Pacific coast in western Washington. The climate is temperate year-round and there is an abundance of nature to explore. Visiting the beach, mountains, forest, or lakes is made easy with seven state parks within driving distance to make enjoying the outdoors stress-free. Making Grays Harbor your long-term home is made even easier with an affordable cost of living and housing prices that are relatively low, giving buyers plenty of options to please the entire family.
Laurie Belknap, DO, MS, MEdL, FAAFP
Program Director, Rural Family Medicine Residency
An Ohio native, Dr. Belknap spent most of her life in and around Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio where she received a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. An associate professor of Biomedical Education and Anatomy at the Ohio State University, Dr. Belknap has experience and expertise in medical education, clinical teaching, and medical education administration. She served as the Director of Compliance for the Liaison Committee for Medical Education and expert educator teaching basic and clinical sciences, undergraduate and graduate medical education, curriculum design and development, learner assessment, and internal programmatic review.
She has faculty appointments as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the Pacific Northwest Health Sciences University (PNWU) and Washington State University. Dr. Belknap has completed Six Sigma Lean Design training and is skilled in program efficiency and operational excellence.
As a family physician, Dr. Belknap has expertise in inpatient medicine and interests in healthcare for women and children. Having grown up on a farm and practiced in rural communities, she also holds a passion for comprehensive rural family medicine. She and her family are excited about their recent move to western Washington and are enjoying the many activities in the area.
Faye DeBard, MHA
Medical Education Program Coordinator
Faye DeBard has been with Summit Pacific Medical Center for over 2 years and holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration in Strategic Management through Liberty University. Her passion to help others allowed her to integrate into many departments throughout the organization. She is no stranger to healthcare and has worked at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. Her healthcare experience coupled with her degree in Psychology promotes her compassion in daily encounters.
Faye strives to take a holistic approach to all that she does, and her role as Family Medicine Residency Program Coordinator is no exception. Her undergraduate work focused on resiliency, and much of her graduate work focused on researching healthcare workforce shortages and improving care quality through innovation. Her knowledge, personal and professional experience, and integrity empower her to support those around her.
She and her husband of 18 years enjoy raising their six children within the Grays Harbor community. Between school activities and remodeling a home, she and her family enjoy exploring the local parks.