U.S. Eighth Congressional District Rep. Kim Schrier listens closely as Dr. Arun Matthews explains advances MultiCare Auburn Medical Center has made in recent years. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter

U.S. Eighth Congressional District Rep. Kim Schrier listens closely as Dr. Arun Matthews explains advances MultiCare Auburn Medical Center has made in recent years. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter

Rep. Schrier tours Auburn hospital, hears about improvements

Congresswoman feels at home at remodeled medical center

At the head of U.S .Eighth Congressional District Congresswoman Kim Schrier’s brief tour of the MultiCare Auburn Medical Center on Monday afternoon, the hospital’s chief medical officer. Dr. Arun Mathews, described to her some of the center’s brightest, sparkliest, and most up-to-date bits.

And the positive effect that numerous remodelings and updates over the years have wrought on the hospital’s general vibe and morale.

Schrier is in the area for a welcome respite from her duties in Washington, D.C.

“We went from 28 beds to 30, which is just a few more beds,” said Mathews bringing to tour to a halt in one wing, noting, however, that the transformation of the space altered the old silo mentality to one of doctor and nurses and staff sharing information and space.

“That changed everything,” Mathews said.

As the tour progressed, faces looked up from work stations and smiled.

“We didn’t know you were coming! Hi!,” said one technician.

“I know you!” said another.

At an elevator, Schrier met Dr. Sidney Beers on his rounds.

“We went from something that was really awful to something that is really awesome. But as the population grows, it’s almost too small already,” Beers said of the hospital. “It seems like every year we come to a time where we are busting at the seams. Having a larger front door means we are able to better assess and triage patients, but unless we are able to grow on the back end, it’s a constant tension.

“Opening of a new hospital in Covington is certainly helping ease the pressure, but we’re always trying to figure out the needs for the community of Auburn,” Beers added.

At word of the last stop, the birthing wing, Schrier’s face lit up, and darned if she didn’t pick up a mille-spring or two in her step. After all, the Issaquah pediatrician knows a thing or 10,000 things about kids.

Nursing Supervisor Jody Walker led Schrier along corridors shut in by walls decked with pictures of infants. Turns out, those are the babies of hospital staff. Walker tilted her head.

“They just installed that lighting,” she said, indicating the ceiling of one of the birthing rooms. “It really helps.”

Schrier appreciated the generous space provided in the private birthing rooms, necessary, Walker explained, to accommodate the teams needed to facilitate the entry of new human beings into the world.

“This is great,” Schrier said.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@auburn-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.auburn-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

file photo
Department of Health announces QR code verification program to prove vaccination status

WA Verify is intended to make vaccine verification simpler and more efficient.

Mid-afternoon traffic on northbound Interstate 5 on Nov. 22 near Everett. Dan Bates/The Herald
Thanksgiving traffic forecast is heavier than pre-pandemic

Drivers and ferry riders could be in for long waits, depending on when they go.

Comparison map between current district map and proposed draft. (Screenshot from King County’s website)
King County proposes redistricting map, asks for feedback from public

Public invited to comment at November 30 public hearing.

Patti Cole-Trindall
King County Executive appoints Patti Cole-Tindall as interim sheriff

Cole-Tindall has a background in the sheriff’s office and county government.

Unwilling to let its traditional Santa parade go away without a fight, the Auburn community dazzled young and old alike instead with Jolly Holiday Lane, which took place Dec. 5, 2020, at Les Gove Park. Photo courtesy of City of Auburn
Here are five upcoming holiday happenings in Auburn

Auburn has a host of activities and events to do this holiday season.

Elaine Simons, former foster mother of Jesse Sarey, addresses a crowd outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center on Aug. 24, 2020, moments after Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson was formally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the May 31, 2019, shooting death of 26-year-old Sarey in front of a north Auburn convenience store. File photo
Jesse Sarey’s family wants people to know who the real Jesse was

He was killed by Auburn police officer Jeffrey Nelson in 2019.

Recent Auburn senior center hiking group trip. Courtesy photo
Services at Auburn senior center slowly return to pre-pandemic levels

Senior centers throughout King County reopened this fall, and the services offered… Continue reading

Pierce County Deputies arrest Auburn woman, 25, for suspected drug dealing in Pierce County

The Special Investigations Unit of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department arrested a… Continue reading

City Council approves increase in 2022 budget

The increase will go to previously approved programs as well as new employees.

Most Read