Washington State DSHS Physician 3 (Western State Hospital) in Lakewood, Washington


The current salary for this job, to $222,192 annually, is effective September 1, 2016 and we are adding a recruiting incentive of $10,000.

Western State Hospital (WSH) in Lakewood, Washington is in immediate need of* Physicians *who will provide patient-focused primary medical care while building long-term relationships with patients. Because we are a 24/7 facility, we have day shift and night shift positions available for you.

Our goal is to hire a compassionate and dynamic physician who is comfortable working in an inpatient psychiatric setting. Physicians at Western State Hospital become part of a closely knit team of healthcare professionals who ensure that our patients receive the best care possible. As a physician on our staff you can practice medicine free of the administrative anchors while maintaining a work/life balance.

What you will do in this position:

  • Direct, review and provide primary medical assessment, diagnosis and treatment services to patients with acute and chronic medical conditions.
  • Perform admission and physical examination, evaluative of laboratory tests.
  • Formulate treatment regimens and perform admission and annual physical exams.
  • Review medical histories, diagnostic tests and interpret lab tests and clinical diagnostic procedures.
  • Perform daily rounds and assess, diagnose and treat onset of new medical problems.
  • Implement health prevention guidelines and coordinates referrals to specialty consultants.
  • Perform minor surgical procedures, deliver emergency medical responses and mortality and morbidity reviews. We are most interested in applicants who meet the following desirable qualifications:

A qualified applicant for this position should have a valid license to practice medicine and surgery in Washington State and have successfully completed a residency in Internal Medicine or Family Practice in an accredited training program, recognized by the American Board of Internal Medicine or American board of Family Practice. Candidates that are Board Certified or Board Qualified by the American Board of Internal Medicine or American Board of Family Practice will be given preference and additional compensation.

Application Process:

Applicants may confidentially apply for this opening by sending a resume or CV and a letter of interest to Ted Koska at koskatr@dshs.wa.gov. Ted is personally available to answer any questions applicants may have and can be reached at 360-628-1412.

*Please note: This announcement will be used to fill multiple vacancies. *

The hiring manager reserves the right to review application materials and make a hiring decision at any point during this recruitment process. Applicants will be reviewed on a daily basis. It is in the best interest of the applicant to apply as soon as possible.

Some jobs in our department may require a background check, including criminal record history and may be covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Who we are:

Western State Hospital is a psychiatric hospital serving western Washington providing evaluation and inpatient treatment for adults with serious or long-term mental illness. Located in the historic town of Steilacoom just south of Tacoma, Western State Hospital is less than an hour's drive from Seattle. Outdoor recreation is not far away and the alpine playgrounds of Mt. Rainier, the Cascade Mountains and Pacific Ocean Beaches are an easy drive. Western State Hospital is one of the largest psychiatric hospitals west of the Mississippi River with over 800 beds and 2000 full-time staff. To learn more about Western State Hospital and how our staff makes a difference in transforming lives click here.

Supplemental Information


At Western State Hospital, you will enjoy a rewarding career with a benefits package designed to protect you and your family. These include, but are not limited to: major medical, dental, vision, optional medical flexible spending account, long-term disability, fully funded retirement, savings plan options, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation and holidays and continuing education. For more detailed information regarding benefits, please review the benefits tab.

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the recruiter at 360-628-1412. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384. The State of Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Salary: See Position Description

Location: Pierce County – Lakewood, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-07033

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov