KVH partners with Virginia Mason to provide neurosurgery consultations


Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) has begun a collaborative effort with Seattle-based Virginia Mason Medical Center to offer neurosurgical consultations in Kittitas County, ensuring patients get high quality specialty care close to home.

Starting this month, Virginia Mason neurosurgeon Charles Nussbaum, MD, sees patients about two days per month at KVH Physical Therapy in Ellensburg. His consultations focus on, but are not limited to, conditions of the spine. Patients with ruptured discs, pinched nerves and other spinal conditions may be seen following referral by a primary care provider.

“We emphasize a team approach to medicine to ensure patients receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place,” said Dr. Nussbaum, certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and twice selected as one of Seattle’s top doctors by Seattle Metropolitan magazine. “While some individuals need surgery, most do not. We focus on treatment that is most appropriate for the patient.”

By aligning to provide coordinated spinal care for patients who need surgery and those who do not require surgery, KVH and Virginia Mason are broadening their partnership to benefit the community. In 2010, Virginia Mason began providing tele-consultations for some stroke patients at the KVH Hospital Emergency Department.  In 2012, Virginia Mason cardiology staff began offering routine pacemaker checks at KVH Internal Medicine.

“KVH continuously strives to provide the right services for our community. This additional collaboration with Virginia Mason for neurosurgery consultations provides a much-needed resource for our community,” said Kittitas Valley Healthcare CEO Paul Nurick.

“We know that Kittitas Valley Healthcare is committed to making a difference for its patients and the entire community,” said Virginia Mason Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sarah Patterson.  “We are pleased to partner with an organization like KVH that is focused on the right things.”

Virginia Mason is consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the U.S. based on independent evaluations of its quality of care and patient safety programs.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center

Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; satellite locations throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason online: www.VirginiaMason.org

About Kittitas Valley Healthcare

Situated in the heart of Washington, Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) operates in Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 1. KVH provides 24-hour emergency care, inpatient, and outpatient hospital services through KVH Hospital. Clinics and specialty services are also an important part of the care provided by KVH. Clinics include family medicine, internal medicine, orthopedics, general surgery, women’s health, and urgent care.  Specialty services provide home health, home respiratory, hospice, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.