Chris Eidal, M.D., recently started as the on-site physician at Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington.
In his new role, Eidal enhances physician accessibility to patients and families. He aids in hospital transitions and pharmacy communications, and being on-site allows him to personally respond to medical changes or emergencies in a timely manner.
A practicing physician in the region since 1980, Eidal most recently served as a hospitalist at Tacoma General Hospital and Auburn MultiCare Medical Center. He has also seen patients over the years at Auburn Regional Medical Center and St. Francis Medical Center in Federal Way.
“The Life Care model of having a dedicated full-time physician at each facility to oversee the ongoing medical care of this patient population during convalescence and rehabilitation is a fundamental change in nursing home care,” said Eidal. “I think it is now proving to be as beneficial for this population as the hospitalist model has been for hospital inpatients.”
Eidal earned his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland in 1974 and completed his residency at Providence Medical Center in Portland in 1979. He also completed a clinical fellowship in nephrology that year.
“I’ve always enjoyed the challenge and rewards of working with older patients,” said Eidal. “I enjoy their outlook on illness and life in general.”
A member of the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine, Eidal won the Washington Distinguished Citizen Award in 1998.
Originally from Auburn, Washington, Eidal currently resides in Gig Harbor with his wife, Laura. They have two daughters, Lauren and Marit, and two grandsons.
“Since Dr. Eidal started in January, his presence has already led to positive clinical and customer service outcomes for our residents,” said Johnathan Ashley, executive director at the facility. “We are excited to have him on our team and look forward to great outcomes in our ever-changing health care system.”