PeaceHealth Donates Care to Lighthouse Mission


Two orthopedic surgeons from PeaceHealth Medical Group (PHMG) will provide free foot examinations, along with shoes and socks, Tuesday, Nov. 29 for the Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham as part of the national “Our Hearts to Your Soles” program.

Warren Taranow, DO, and Carter Kiesau, MD, of the PHMG Orthopedics, along with volunteer nurses, will mark the fourth year of local participation in the program. 

That team will be joined by other volunteers, including PeaceHealth occupational health nurse Lori Wilkinson, who last year provided 60 flu shots on site, and Tom Broselle of Cornerstone Prosthetics and Orthotics in Bellingham.

“Hearts to Soles,” a non-profit organization that provides free medical foot screening examinations and shoes to less fortunate people, collaborates with local orthopedic physicians and “Soles4Souls” around Thanksgiving. Soles4Souls facilitates the donation of new and used shoes, which are distributed around the world.  At the event in Bellingham, approximately 100 pairs of donated shoes and socks will be distributed following examinations.

Dr. Taranow and his staff have organized and run the event locally since 2007, the first year of Hearts to Soles outreach nationally. Each year, the local event has expanded. In 2008, about 75 men were served; in 2009 more than 100 received free exams and footwear. Beginning in 2010, the event included influenza vaccinations. Dr. Taranow said this year they expect to serve at least 150 men and women.

“In addition to support from the national charities, this year we have funding from local donors as well as the PeaceHealth Foundation in order to provide these services for all those in need,” said Dr. Taranow. “Community service embodies our core values at PeaceHealth – respect, stewardship, collaboration, and social justice.”

Nationwide, Soles4Souls, in partnership with Hearts to Soles, will provide new boots, socks and medical screenings from foot doctors for over approximately 4,400 homeless men and women in 33 states.