Submitted by Summit Pacific Medical Center

It’s been a busy fall for the community outreach team at Summit Pacific Medical Center. Over a seven-week period, the medical center will have hosted six large-scale community events with more than 800 participants. The event season will conclude this weekend with Summit Pacific’s first ever 5k Fun Run & Walk and the Peak Health Wellness Fair. Both events take place this Saturday, October 14.

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Kids can get fitted for a free bicycle helmet courtesy of SPMC, then learn safety tips by taking part in the Elma School District’s Bike Rodeo. Photo courtesy: Summit Pacific Medical Center

Summit Pacific is hoping for a large community turnout at their first 5k Fun Run & Walk. Online registration is still available by visiting their website and day of registration is available. Check-in for the event will take place at the main entrance of Summit Pacific (600 East Main Street, Elma) at 8:30 a.m. The course will weave through downtown Elma, past the high school and back through the community, ending on Summit Pacific’s community wellness trail and healing garden.

“We have talked a lot about hosting a fun run event and we are very excited to finally have the opportunity to do so, thanks in large part to our presenting sponsors Amerigroup, Blue Room Architecture and Northwest Pathology and to Physicians Insurance, our T-shirt sponsor,” Lauren Day, Director of Communications and Development shared.

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Stop by the SPMC Provider booth to talk to a healthcare provider about your Wellness Report Card after you have gotten results from all of your health screenings. Photo courtesy: Summit Pacific Medical Center

Immediately following the 5k will be Summit Pacific’s Peak Health Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds. This event is completely free for attendees thanks to the generous support of presenting sponsor Amerigroup and supporting sponsors ENT Associates, Blue Room Architecture, Green Diamond Resource Company and Providence Health & Services Southwest Washington.

“We truly enjoy being able to offer the community access to a day full of helpful information from various health and wellness vendors from throughout the county,” Day continued, “Not only will there be a plethora of information available, but attendees will have opportunities to receive free health screenings, receive their flu shot and participate in some fun learning activities with their families such as our bike rodeo.”

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Amy Thomason of Foothills Massage will be offering free massages to attendees. Photo courtesy: Summit Pacific Medical Center

The Peak Health Wellness Fair will host more than 30 vendors who will be providing free information, giveaways and health screenings such as vision, hearing, blood pressure and glucose testing. Thanks in part to Summit Pacific Medical Foundation, children will have access to free bike helmets (while supplies last), important safety lessons at the bike rodeo hosted by Elma High School and have an opportunity to tour vehicles such as an ambulance and fire truck. Some other crowd favorite activities are the massage and reflexology booths!

Before this weekend’s events, the busy event season started with a partnership event where the Elma School District co-hosted a back to school resource fair on the Summit Pacific Medical Center campus. The School District set up a row of informational booths and fun activities, while the medical center provided more than 75 students with physicals and back to school vaccinations.

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SPMC Executive Team left to right Lauri Bolton, Josh Martin, Ron Hulscher, Tammy Moore and Will Callicoat turning soil at the Wellness Center Groundbreaking Ceremony. Photo courtesy: Summit Pacific Medical Center

Following the Elma Back to School Fair was the District’s Groundbreaking Ceremony, where more than 100 community members gathered to celebrate the beginning of construction on Summit Pacific’s new wellness center scheduled to open in 2019. The Saturday evening following the groundbreaking was another successful fundraising event, the Sip & Sail Gala, hosted by Summit Pacific Medical Foundation at Alderbrook Resort and Spa. Then this past week, the medical center hosted a Ladies’ Night Out event, which provided 100 women free access to a night of food, fun, prizes and presentations by leading medical experts on women’s health.

Anyone looking for more information on any of the events listed above are invited to visit Summit Pacific’s event page on their website or email

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