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ELLENSBURG — KVH Internal Medicine will welcome Dr. Kelly Noyes as a new physician on July 15, according to a news release.

Noyes will join existing internists Dr. Larry Birger, Dr. Jamin Feng and Dr. David Jackson and a certified physician assistant with an internal medicine focus, Andy Schock, at KVH Internal Medicine. Internal medicine physicians, or internists, are doctors for adults.

Noyes has ties to Central Washington. She earned an undergraduate degree in biology at Central Washington University and she undertook her medical education at Pacific Northwest Health Sciences University in Yakima. She completed her residency at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Noyes back to the Kittitas Valley,” said Paul Nurick, KVH CEO. “Across the nation, we are facing a physician shortage at the same time that we expect more patients and a higher demand for services. The addition of Dr. Noyes is wonderful news for Kittitas County.”

The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that the U.S. will face a serious shortage of physicians by 2025. Physician recruitment and retention is becoming more challenging, especially in rural areas, the news release states. The most recent surveys show that only 3 percent of physicians would prefer to practice medicine in a rural environment.

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