Community Health of Central Washington

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Community Health of Central Washington was founded with one bold and clear vision: All people in our region should enjoy access to affordable and appropriate health care. Our mission is to provide quality healthcare through service and education. That sounds simple enough. But providing quality health care service is complex.

Primary Care

Community Health of Central Washington is growing to meet the needs of our communities. But being big is not what makes us great. It is a thousand little things that make us great. Things like: dedicated primary care practitioners – family doctors, pediatricians, internists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and dental providers – working together for quality, and working individually to be a personal care provider to each of their patients.

We team those providers with more than 140 additional staff members to assist patients with information, education, coordination, and support they need to manage their own health and to navigate today’s complex health care system; pharmacists, psychologists, outreach workers, nurse care managers, lab techs, x-ray techs and others who, as part of the care team, expand the scope of services available to patients at CHCW sites.

Today, CHCW is the medical home for more than 30,000 people in central Washington. We provide comprehensive care for all ages, regardless of the ability to pay. Our patients receive preventive services, care for acute and chronic illness, and care in our clinics, hospitals and other sites. We provide prenatal and obstetric services in Yakima and Kittitas Counties.


Education has always been an important part of our mission. Our family medicine residency has operated since 1993, and 30 resident family medicine residency program and provides a rich learning experience. CWFMR has been dually accredited since 2005, the oldest dually accredited program in WWAMI. For years our osteopathic residents have graduated, and will graduate, with dual board certification.  As such, we’ve always been on the forefront of osteopathic education, and lead the way in Washington State being the first program with ACGME accreditation and Osteopathic Recognition.

24 of the residents are based in Yakima for training and provide care to a diverse patient population at our Central Washington Family Medicine Clinic in Yakima. The remaining 6 residents are Ellensburg based for a large part of their training and provide much needed care to a more rural population.

Michelle Mears
501 S 5th Ave
Yakima, WA 98902