Right: Former Kadlec CEO Rand Wortman and his wife in front of the Wortman Medical Science Center.
Retaining talented caregivers is something always on the minds of hospital leaders. In Richland, a new facility built in partnership between Kadlec Regional Medical Center and Columbia Basin College is offering a place for caregivers to grow, making them more likely to stay in the Tri-Cities community after their training is complete. The building is the Wortman Medical Science Center, which is named after former Kadlec CEO Rand Wortman.
The four-story facility is part of a growing partnership between the medical center and the college. The first two floors house Kadlec’s services, which includes a working family medicine clinic for 17 residents. Behind each examine room is a central room where the residents can meet with the physician overseeing them. One of the big improvements the science center provides is additional space, as it gives the overseeing physician a space to wait nearby, reducing wait times for patients and allowing providers to see more patients each day.
In addition to the residents, the facility also houses the college’s paramedic, EMT, medical assistant and fire sciences programs. One floor of the building was left vacant, allowing for space to grow, potentially to include more residents at some point in the future.