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Family Medicine physician joins PeaceHealth Medical Group in Friday Harbor

Ruthe Fothergill, MD

June 26, 2018

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. –  Ruth Fothergill, MD, has joined PeaceHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. She provides clinical care to patients of all ages, as well as care to patients who are hospitalized.

Dr. Fothergill comes to Friday Harbor from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she concurrently provided care for residents in five long-term care facilities and served as an urgent care provider. She also volunteered at a free community clinic.

She earned her medical degree from Tufts School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, and completed a Family Medicine residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Fothergill has special interests in caring for people living with chronic disease or disability, as well providing care to patients within the context of their families and communities. “I want to help people live life to its fullest, no matter what challenges their bodies present,” she said. “My care begins with affirming that we are physical, emotional and spiritual beings.”

Dr. Fothergill has been actively involved in medical education. Her most recent research has focused on the non-operative management of hip fracture in the frail elderly. She speaks Spanish.

In her free time, Dr. Fothergill enjoys life with her husband of 35 years on Lopez Island. They have two adult sons. Her favorite activities include birdwatching, sailing, knitting, sewing, singing and spending time in wilderness.




About PeaceHealth: Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, a 10-bed Critical Access Hospital in Friday Harbor, serves communities in the San Juan Islands. Key services include general and orthopedic surgery, oncology, behavioral health, and primary care.