WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience (WRITE)


Ellensburg, Washington WRITE Site

Kittitas Valley Healthcare
Family Medicine Ellensburg
716 E Manitoba Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Phone: 509-933-8777
Fax: 509-933-8741

Ellensburg lies in the scenic Kittitas Valley, bordered by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the magnificent Columbia River to the east. The arts meet agricultural in a community known for its seasonal events and enjoyed by its 18,000 residents. www.kittitascountychamber.com


Primary WRITE Preceptor

Mark Larson, M.D.
Family Medicine

Attended medical School 1985-1989 and Residency at the University of Kansas from 1989-1992; From 1995-1997 he worked in Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Nepal as a volunteer physician. He has been with KVH FM-Ellensburg since 1997 and a WRITE Preceptor since 2000.




Participating Physicians:
Bruce Herman, M.D. (Pediatrics)
Jamin Feng, M.D. (Internal Medicine)


Site Contact:
Randi Christensen, RN, BSN, MBA: rchristensen@kvhealthcare.org


Clinic: KVH FM-Ellensburg was established in 1935 and has been a WRITE site since 2000. The 32 members of the clinic staff include six board certified physicians, three physician assistants and one nurse practioner, providing care to over 24,000 patients annually.

Physicians also serve as preceptors for students participating in the RUOP (Rural / Underserved Opportunities Program) and TRUST (Targeted Rural Underserved Track). The clinic has on-site laboratory services and in 2009 the clinic became affiliated with Kittitas Valley Healthcare.


Hospital: Kittitas Valley Healthcare is located at 603 South Chestnut, is a 25-bed critical access hospital providing services in areas including: obstetrics (with a family birthing center), 24-hour emergency and critical care, imaging, laboratory, inpatient and outpatient surgery, physical therapy, and respiratory care. The hospital’s web site is kvhealthcare.org/

Nursing Home: Ellensburg has one nursing home – Prestige Care.

What to Expect :
Students will be scheduled in a Continuity Clinic with all providers where there will be access to electronic health records. In addition, students will participate in patients’ hospital care including surgeries. One day per week will be spent with Pediatrics and Obstetric patients with the opportunity to work with potentially 50 deliveries during the course of the program. Students have an opportunity to spend time with hospitalists and to participate in a community Free Clinic which is four days per month. Psychiatric components will be completed with continuity patients. KVH now hosts family medicine residents from Central Washington Community Health Center – Ellensburg.

If you were to measure the length and width of Washington, the two lines would intersect at about Ellensburg. It is located on I-90 about 170 miles west of Spokane and 107 miles east of Seattle. To see a map of where we are located and/or get directions from other locations, go to maps.google.com (for directions, click “Get Directions” in the upper left-hand corner where you can input the starting address).

The Ellensburg area can be reached by air via flights into Seattle (110 miles from Ellensburg); Spokane (174 miles from Ellensburg); or by a commuter flight into Yakima (35 miles away). Travel to Ellensburg is easiest by bus or auto.

Housing: Student housing, located in residential area, is available to students on a shared basis.

Extracurricular Activities:
The area‘s culture is influenced by its history, the presence of Central Washington University, and the economies of the region (livestock ranching, horse breeding, orchards and grain crops, logging, and food processing). Outdoor activities include almost anything connected with water or snow, including superb fly-fishing, rafting, hiking, and skiing. In addition, professional, community and university theaters and auditoriums provide the stages for a year-round schedule of plays, concerts, dance recitals, operas, musicals, films, and lectures. Art galleries and museums can be found on the CWU campus and in the community, featuring fine arts, crafts, pottery, weaving and sculpture. Downtown shopping features a blend of antiques, art galleries, and unique shops.

Weather Trends:
The snowcapped Cascades, rolling foothills, rivers, alpine lakes, desert terrain and fertile valleys form a diverse landscape. The mountains screen much of the rainfall, giving Ellensburg a dry climate with four distinct seasons. There are about 300 days of sun per year and the average precipitation per year is 8”. Temperatures vary with the time of year: January ranges from 34° to 19° while July temperatures range from 83° to 53°.