Murray Announces Major Boost to Train Workers, Create Health Care Jobs in Yakima

Sep 28 2010

Investment will help train additional doctors and physician assistants as local health care industry and needs continue to grow

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a major investment in a primary care training program in Yakima, Washington. Murray has been a leader in the Senate in working to make the necessary investments to help Washington state communities train workers and create jobs in the health care sector.

“Despite the recession, our region’s innovative health care industry continues to grow,” said Senator Murray“That means one of the smartest job creation investments we can make is in expanding our health care workforce. This funding is going to train the doctors and health care professionals we need to care for our seniors and families, and to make sure that everyone has access to quality care.”

As a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Senator Murray played a critical role in ensuring the Health Care Reform bill made investments in creating jobs to fill our shortfall in doctors, nurses, and health care workers.

"We appreciate Senator Murray's leadership in working to improve access to primary care and ensure that Americans can get the care they need, when they need it, right in their community," said Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius today.  "The investments we’re making today in increasing our primary care workforce will bring us closer to the day when every American has access to high-quality, coordinated care from a doctor, nurse, and health care team near their home, deeply invested in their health."

Community Health Center of Central Washington will receive $1,920,000 to increase the number of residents trained in general pediatrics, general internal medicine, and family medicine.  They will use the 5-year grant to provide stipend support for new enrollees in 3-year primary care residency training programs. 

“This grant will allow us to increase by 25% the number of family physicians we train,” said Russell Maier, MD, Residency Director, Community Health of Central Washington. “We really appreciate Senator Murray’s steady support of access to quality healthcare in Central Washington.”