William Elledge, M.D., recently began as an on-site physician at Life Care Center of Puyallup, Wash.

 

Elledge was hired as part of Life Care’s initiative to place physicians in Life Care Centers of America’s buildings in Washington. In his new position, Elledge will work with the Life Care Center of Puyallup interdisciplinary team and other attending physicians in caring for each of the facility’s patients. His presence in the nursing home will enhance physician accessibility to patients and families. He will aid in hospital transitions and pharmacy communications, and being on-site will allow him to personally respond to medical changes or emergencies in a timely manner.

 

“I think Life Care’s initiative to put physicians in the buildings will result in real improvement in quality and benefit everyone involved – patients, staff and administration,” said Elledge.

 

Before taking on this position, Elledge was a hospitalist at Capital Medical Center in Olympia, Wash. He has additional experience as an internist, in private practice, as a clinical professor and as a medical director at a skilled nursing and rehab center. For two years, he also served as epidemic intelligence officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Elledge earned his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. He is board certified in internal medicine and is a member of the American Medical Association, the Washington State Medical Association, the American College of Physicians (in which he is also a fellow) and the American Medical Directors Association.

 

Readers of the “Nisqually Valley News” in Yelm, Wash., voted Elledge as Best Medical Doctor eight times.

 

“Every elderly patient has a story worth hearing, and most are a great source of wisdom, if only the time is taken to listen for it,” said Elledge. “They are the most discounted and underserved portion of our population, through no fault of their own.”