Submitted by Providence Swedish

If you’re thinking of starting a family or are pregnant, you’ll want care you can trust in a comfortable environment. That’s what Providence Swedish Obstetrics and Gynecology Olympia, in conjunction with Providence St. Peter Hospital, offers in Thurston County. And what Providence Swedish Women’s Center, Centralia, together with Providence Centralia Hospital, offers in Lewis County.

Our OBGYNs have a long-standing history of serving the South Puget Sound with high-quality care. Each year, they deliver the most babies in Thurston and Lewis counties. Whether babies arrive early, on time or late, our expert team is ready to assist every mom in welcoming their baby into their family. We provide you with physical and emotional support throughout your journey. With our compassionate, comprehensive care – before, during and after delivery – we keep you and your baby healthy and happy.

Visit our websites for Providence Centralia and/or Providence St. Peter, and take a virtual tour to learn more about our Family Birth Centers. If you’re ready to meet with one of our OBGYNs, call 877.250.9859 to make an appointment.

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Providence Swedish Obstetrics and Gynecology Olympia

Olympia Obstetrics & Gynecology began in 2001. Earlier this year, they joined the Providence Swedish family of clinics. At any given time, the clinicians care for 700 pregnant patients who are seen for multiple visits over an eight-month time frame.

Laurie Sorenson, MD, was a founding partner of the practice. She has provided care in the community for more than 30 years. She serves as medical director of Women’s and Children’s Services at St. Peter Hospital.

Darrel Bell, MD, has been with the group since 2007. He played an active role in the development of the gynecologic robotic assisted surgical program at St. Peter Hospital. Due to the high demand for obstetric and gynecological services in the Olympia area – the partners brought in midwifery support to the office in 2010. Certified Nurse Midwives include Sharon Hinz, Karen Swift, Carie Bussey, Amanda Clauson, Tiffany Heiges and Katie Wodaege. Anita Chin, MD and Puneet Bhullar, MD, joined the group in 2017 furthering the group’s dedication of service to the community. 

The group delivers about 1,200 babies each year at Providence St. Peter Hospital. The St. Peter Family Birth Center combines the comforts of home, with high-tech equipment and high-touch resources. The private, spacious birthing suites include a soaking tub and soft lighting to enhance your laboring experience. Each birthing suite has a family area with sleeper sofa, television, and free Wi-Fi access.

If you require a cesarean section, the Family Birth Center is equipped with its own operating rooms. It also has a 13-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest level of neonatal care available in South Puget Sound.

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Providence Swedish Women’s Center, Centralia

Opened in 1990, the physicians of the Women’s Center Centralia deliver about 650 babies each year at Providence Centralia Hospital’s Family Birth Center.

One of the founding members of the team, Mark Nishiyama, MD, continues to serve the Lewis County community and has delivered thousands of babies during his career. Dr. Nishiyama is well-known for his compassionate care and calm demeanor and consistently has high-ranking patient satisfaction scores. He has cared for generations of women and is dedicated to quality improvement.

Jennifer Marnik Scalici, DO, joined the practice in 2007 and has been a dedicated part of the community ever since.  She delivers about 120 babies each year. Her patients enjoy her communication style and was voted “best physician” in Lewis County 2022 by readers of The Chronicle.

Elisha Mvundura, MD, joined the Women’s Center in 2008. He participates in state-wide initiatives to improve women’s health in our state. His patients appreciate his “Hakuna Matata” spirit and quality care. 

More babies are born at Providence Centralia Hospital’s Family Birth Center than anywhere else in Lewis County. When you arrive at the hospital, you’ll be admitted to a private room where you will remain for your entire stay. Each room has a sleeper sofa, television and free Wi-Fi. If you require a Cesarean Section, the Family Birth Center is equipped with its own operating room. If additional care is needed, Providence Centralia offers a Level 1 Nursery, and can also transfer patients to a higher level of care to St. Peter Hospital if needed.


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