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Harrison Medical Center welcomes new chief of staff

Gordon N. Cromwell, Jr., MD, FACSHarrison Medical Center recently announced that Gordon N. Cromwell, Jr., MD, FACS is the newly elected chief of staff. The term expires April 30, 2012.

“It is an honor and privilege to be chief of the medical staff,” said Dr. Cromwell, who stepped into the position May 1, after serving two years as assistant chief of staff.

“I’m excited,” says Dr. Cromwell. “The role also is a little daunting because it’s a significant time commitment. I believe, though, that I can make a difference.”

A self-described transplant from the South (born in New Orleans) and East Coast, he grew up in Bellevue, attended Washington State University and Baylor College of Medicine, completing an internship and orthopedic residency at the University of Southern California Medical Center.

After a two-year stint in the US Army at Fort Hood in Texas, serving as chief of orthopedics and earning an Army Commendation Medal, he went looking for professional opportunities in a smaller medical community. Trained as a general orthopedic and trauma surgeon, Dr. Cromwell settled in Kitsap County in August of 1977, established his private practice in Bremerton, and joined Harrison’s medical staff.

An active member of the medical staff, Dr. Cromwell is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon; a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

For more than three decades, Dr. Cromwell has participated in local, state, and national medical associations. He’s also devoted time to community civic groups, being a member of the Bremerton Rotary Club since 1979 and leading the club as its president in 2000-2001. “I have a strong commitment to giving back to my community,” says Dr. Cromwell.

That commitment naturally extends to Harrison’s medical community. He was the chief of Harrison’s Orthopaedic Section for two separate terms and was acting chief medical officer from July 2009 to February. He’s also earned the coveted Award of Service Excellence based on specific criteria met from patient satisfaction reports.

“I would like to foster an environment of constant quality improvement,” he says. “My efforts also will be aimed at the coordination and cooperation of all the medical staff, both hospital-based and non-hospital based physicians.”

And while new federal healthcare reform measures surely will influence the next two years, “Patient care isn’t going to change,” said Dr. Cromwell. “There will just be new ways of doing business.”

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