KVH Internal Medicine will welcome Dr. Kelly Noyes as a new physician on July 15.
Dr. Noyes will join three existing internists at KVH Internal Medicine – Dr. Larry Birger, Dr. Jamin Feng, and Dr. David Jackson – and a certified physician assistant with an internal medicine focus, Andy Schock. Internal medicine physicians, or internists, are doctors for adults.
Dr. Noyes has strong ties to Central Washington. Her undergraduate degree in Biology was earned from Central Washington University and her medical education was undertaken at Pacific Northwest Health Sciences University in Yakima, Washington. She completed her residency at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
After living in the desert for three years, Dr. Noyes has shared that she is happy to be near water again so she can spend time fishing, camping, hiking, and horseback riding with her husband, three horses, and dog.
“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Noyes back to the Kittitas Valley,” said Paul Nurick, chief executive officer for KVH. “Across the nation, we are facing a physician shortage at the same time that we expect more patients and a higher demand for services. The addition of Dr. Noyes is wonderful news for Kittitas County.”
By 2025, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that the United States will face a serious shortage of physicians. Physician recruitment and retention is becoming more challenging, especially in rural areas. The most recent surveys show that only three percent of physicians would prefer to practice medicine in a rural environment.
Changes from the Affordable Care Act also mean there are more patients than ever. The expansion of Medicaid and new options for insurance through the Washington Healthplanfinder has extended health insurance to 4,000 people in Kittitas County. Demand for care has also increased because all insurance companies are now required to cover preventive services like annual exams and certain screening tests.