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Every patient gets the care that they need.

Dr. Scott Smitherman
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J Scott Smitherman, MD Providence-employed provider

Specialties

Diabetes, Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Board Certification

Internal Medicine

Patient Rating

4.7 / 5

2555 Marvin Rd NE
Lacey, WA 98516
P: (360) 923-4600
F: (360) 412-2256

Philosophy of Care

I believe that each patient deserves my complete dedication and attention, so I take the time needed to address their problems. I am a “less is more” kind of doctor. I am not going to ask you to pay for and then swallow a pill unless I am confident from medical research and experience that it is beneficial.

The bottom line — I would not provide recommendations to my patients that I would not also provide to my own family.

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Overview

Gender

Male

Education

Medical School

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Residency

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Interests

Medical Interests

As an internist, I have to know a lot about internal medicine, but I also have to know a little bit about everything, because I see patients with issues that might be common or not common at all. I make it a priority to keep myself informed about new treatments and breakthroughs.

I am also quite interested in the electronic medical records system we have launched here. I have a background in computers, so it is a natural fit for me. Medicine is really the last frontier that computers have not been a part of. We have held onto paper because of the challenges and complexity involved. But we are changing that, and I am excited about the changes.

Personal Interests

When I am not at work, most of my free time goes to my family. We love to ski, cycle or just play in our backyard.

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments. These comments are the views and opinions of patients and are not endorsed by or necessarily reflect the views of Providence.

4.7 out of 5 (121 Ratings, 31 Comments)

90

01/17/2017
always responsive, with good advice
100

01/09/2017
Dr. Smitherman has always met my needs when I have had an appt. with him.
100

12/19/2016
Feel very welcome.
100

12/11/2016
Dr. Smitherman continues to be an excellent health care provider. In addition, clinic support staff and administrative staff are pleasant and efficient. I live 12 miles west of Shelton; it is tempting to use [...] providers just because of travel time, etc. I will continue to drive to Hawk's Prairie because I like and trust Dr. Smitherman. I really hope he continues to practice medicine and not get siphoned off into cyberworld. We need doctors like him working on people like me.
100

12/06/2016
I am very pleased with the level of health care that I am receiving from Providence. [...] I have received the best care available and my health condition has improved dramatically to what it is today. Thank you.
30

11/30/2016
You are more interested in the process than the patient.
100

11/23/2016
Smooth operation.
90

11/08/2016
As always, he was personable and receptive to my questions and concerns.
100

10/30/2016
But to receive treatment for my problem related to the referal, I am having to wait 3 months to receive treatment.
90

10/21/2016
I've always been satisfied.
100

10/18/2016
Dr. Smitherman is a great physician. He always listens to my needs and concerns and provides excellent advice.
90

10/18/2016
All good.
90

10/09/2016
wait too long to get an appointment
100

10/06/2016
I like that I can go down the hall and have my blood drawn same day as my appointment.
100

10/02/2016
extremely friendly and professional
100

09/27/2016
All Good
100

09/24/2016
My main reason for seeing my provider was to get his opinion on knee replacement surgery, a subject that we've discussed before. He took a good deal of time to review my medical history and to discuss the condition and limitations of my knees. We also discussed the surgery itself and the advantages that it would offer, as well as the possible risks. My provider was exceedingly helpful in giving me a realistic assessment of what the recovery would be like and what I would likely gain through bi-lateral knee surgery. I appreciated his perspective, his honesty, and his encouragement to consult with him further as I move toward a decision.
100

09/20/2016
Excellent care, but it was what I expected and I was not disappointed.
90

09/06/2016
I consider myself fortunate to have Dr S as my personal physician, he is a good man.
90

07/04/2016
I am very satisfied with Dr. Smitherman and staff.
100

06/28/2016
Wonderful care.
100

06/27/2016
Dr Smitherman is excellent, makes one feel as a friend that really cares
100

06/01/2016
Dr. Smitehrman was his usual cordial self. He listened to my concerns and addressed them satisfactorily. He assisted me in obtaining a referral for additional services I required. He gave me suggestions on resolving some of my health issues and was very reassuring.
100

05/08/2016
Excellent care [...]
90

04/19/2016
there was an extra person with the receptionist that checked me in that seemed to be complaining about another employee causing a delay in my checking in but the young lady checking me in was very pleasant.
90

04/03/2016
I just felt a little rushed & he just felt there was nothing he could do for me.
100

03/22/2016
Excellent Dr. Staff, and facility. Really like it.
80

03/15/2016
Was kept on the line waiting too long. Over 15 minutes-hung up and called again and visited with the receptionist who told me that the nurse was busy with another patient, she went back and ck't the situation. Then waited again for them to find me a doctor who could see me, and was told that the doctor could only see at certain time because he had a meeting at noon. […] I was a few minutes late, and ended up waiting a few minutes for him to see me.
90

02/29/2016
Would have liked to get lab report in mail, like they said would be sent.
100

02/28/2016
Very satisfied
100

02/01/2016
Simply outstanding care and services provided. Everyone in this clinic, including front desk employees, were great. Quite understanding and listened to you
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