Northwest Doctors Exemplify Mission

February 01, 2011 | Brittany Russell

At Adventist Health, our doctors are on a mission. The mission is to heal — not just the body, but the mind and spirit as well. This treatment provides our patients with a trifecta of healing.

This unique experience of healing infused with compassion and love would not find its true expression without the leadership of our doctors. That is why, for the first time, Adventist Health chose 15 physicians from around the system that exemplify the mission in every aspect of their work. These individuals were recently honored with the Physician of the Year Mission Award. Three of these doctors practice at Adventist hospitals in the Pacific Northwest.

Randy Bulger, M.D., Adventist Medical Center-Portland (Ore.); Irene Martin, M.D., Tillamook County General Hospital (Ore.); and Scott Newbold, M.D., Walla Walla General Hospital (Wash.) received this award, not only because they are great doctors, but because they are advocates for their communities and the people they serve.

Bulger, who specializes in family medicine, has been practicing at Adventist Health Medical Group’s Ventura Park Clinic in Portland for the past 26 years. Early in his career, he spent time in Zaire, Africa, which is the foundation for his dedication to service. He says, “Being part of a faith-based organization has provided me the opportunity to manifest the love and powerful healing of Jesus Christ.”

Martin, who also specializes in family medicine, is a well-loved physician in Tillamook’s rural service area. She has been described as an understanding and gentle person by her patients. She allows them to realize they are not alone by sharing her personal experiences in difficult times. Probably her most distinguishing feature is the value she places on relationships. She shows this by personally making follow-up calls to inform patients of test results and being available to them after hours when they have questions.

Newbold has been a general surgeon at WWGH for 20 years. His reputation as a highly competent surgeon and his personable demeanor make him stand out in his community. His staff know him not only as a surgeon, but as an accomplished chef, and he often brings food into the office. Some of his more memorable dishes are mint ice-cream pie and homemade crackers with hummus.

“Physicians at Adventist Health facilities view their work as sacred,” says Paul Crampton, Adventist Health assistant vice president for Mission and Spiritual Care. “They, along with the nurses and the rest of the health-care team, are extensions of God’s hands. Physicians give of themselves unselfishly, wherever they are needed, to make their communities a better place.”