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recently made a bequest in

memory of his late wife, Betty, to create the Betty J. and W.

Warren Weldon Fund benefiting the Residency Program at

PeaceHealth Family Medicine of Southwest Washington.

The gift honors Marilyn Darr, MD, a physician in the

Family Medicine Program.

Weldon was inspired to make the gift because of the excellent

care his late wife received at PeaceHealth Southwest.

“The Residency Program will grow and educate residents

well into the future,” says David Ruiz, MD, the program’s

director. “I am humbled by Mr. Weldon’s incredible


About the Residency Program

Since 1995, PeaceHealth Southwest has been a training site

for University of Washington family medicine residents.

This community-based program provides resident physicians

with a broad spectrum of training that focuses on meeting

the needs of the underserved.

More than 800 applications are received each year from

recent medical school graduates for eight first-year resident

positions, according to Dr. Ruiz.

“Because the program is so competitive, we are able to

attract the cream of the crop,” he says. “Our association

with the University of Washington, which has one of the

finest medical schools in the country, is a real feather in

PeaceHealth Southwest’s cap.”

There are 24 residents studying in three, eight-member

cohorts. The ultimate goal of the program is to train superior

family physicians, as judged by successful certification by the

American Board of Family Medicine.

The residents provide care for patients at the Family

Medicine of Southwest Washington clinic, located at

PeaceHealth’s Memorial Health Center. More than

82 percent of the clinic’s patients are Medicaid, Medicare,

or underinsured.

The program’s 25 faculty members are drawn from a wide

range of specialties, including family medicine, obstetrics,

behavioral science, cardiology, pharmacy, and sports

medicine. PeaceHealth Southwest is the only hospital in

the PeaceHealth system that is involved in the training of

resident physicians.

“We provide our residents with 21st-century medical

skills combined with timeless family medicine core values,”

says Dr. Ruiz. These values include an emphasis on serving

the community through an interdisciplinary approach to

population health.

There have been 126 graduates of the family medicine

residency program to date. According to Dr. Ruiz, 60 percent

have opted to continue their practice in the Portland-

Vancouver area after their training, and 30 of them have

remained in Clark County.

“There is a growing need for family medicine physicians,”

says Dr. Ruiz. “Having a residency program at PeaceHealth

Southwest is a real boon to this area. Once the residents

experience the quality of life in our community, they often

don’t want to leave.”

Planned gifts help health care thrive

Throughout the years, private gifts have helped expand and

enhance the Family Medicine of Southwest Washington

clinic. The recent bequest commitment from the Weldons

will help ensure that the clinic and its residency program

thrive for years to come.

You are invited to join the Weldons and other members of

the Columbia Society by recognizing PeaceHealth Southwest

in your estate plan. Your planned gift will help ensure a bright

future for those who need health care in our community.

Download our FREE Personal Estate Planning

kit. Visit



Donor creates fund to

benefit Residency Program






May 31, 5:30 p.m.


Vancouver Hilton


PeaceHealth Southwest

Foundation’s annual

Cascade Society dinner. The

Cascade Society comprises

donors who have made a

gift of $1,000 or more in

the previous calendar year.

If you’d like to join

the Cascade Society,

contact Alison Lazareck



or .


Residents graduating in 2016 from the Residency

Program at PeaceHealth Family Medicine of

Southwest Washington

D O N O R - S U P P O R T E D

Jennifer Wilkerson

Major Gifts Officer

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical

Center Foundation

PO Box 1600

Vancouver, WA