Eight Valley Hospital medical professionals build their credentials

Eight providers at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District recently earned their medical specialty and subspecialty board certifications or re-certifications.

Board certification is a voluntary activity which demonstrates that the provider’s knowledge of their specialty subject area is substantial. To earn or maintain board certification, a provider must stay current with the latest advances in his or her specialty and pass a strenuous qualifying exam given by a medical specialty board.

The providers who recently received their board certifications/re-certifications are:

• Dr. Dhirenda Kumar, Family Practice board certification

• Dr. Alan Johnson, Family Practice re-certification

• Dr. Elisa Chan, Family Practice board certification

• Dr. Kimberly Witkop, Hospice & Palliative Care board certification

• Karen LaJambe, Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner and Family Practice Nurse Practitioner re-


• Patricia Yetneberk, American Academy of Pain Management membership and Family Practice

Nurse Practitioner re-certification

• Joanna Hagen, Family Practice Nurse Practitioner re-certification

• Theresa Wittenberg, Physician Assistant re-certification

Boards require re-testing every four to 10 years to maintain certification and ensure physicians engage in continuing education to keep current in their specialty.

The hours invested into the certification process show a commitment to the health of the community, says Dr. Kim Witkop, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District prefers physicians to be board certified or at least board eligible to be granted initial staff privileges. A board eligible physician has completed the requirements for certification, but has not yet taken the exam.



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