2019 SCHA Awards
Outstanding Physician


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Karla Ballew Karla Ballew

 
Karla Ballew

Position: Medical Director and CEO

Organization: Novari Primary Care

 

List your nominee's experience in Senior Care.
Dr. Ballew has dedicated her life's work to the geriatric community. She previously worked as a nursing assistant for a local skilled nursing facility. She then continued to work as a CNA throughout her academic journey at the University of Washington as she was completing her bachelors degree. Again, as an RN, Dr. Ballew remained steadfast for her passion in the geriatric community. She worked as a Charge Nurse for a Post Acute unit. Now, as well-respected home-based primary care provider in Washington State, Dr. Ballew provides care in the homes of the patients she cares for. She opened Novari Primary Care in April 2018 to bring primary care back in the homes of patients who are no longer able to leave their homes. Dr. Ballew is making headway in geriatric medicine. Her patients would describe her as being young, energetic, compassionate, and knowledgeable. I have known Karla Ballew for over 15 years, and I met her through our Nursing Assistant program. She has accomplished so much and is only 33 years old. This young lady is a driving force in making sure that geriatric medicine will continue to have great medical providers. Aside from being a CEO and Medical Director for Novari Primary Care, she is also the Medical Director for Mukilteo Memory Care, she is active with the Washington State Alzheimer's Association, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice capstone even focused on how us caregivers can provide better care for patients who have dementia. She is a preceptor for both Seattle University and the University of Washington and an ally to us caregivers.


Describe how your Nominee has exceeded his or her Job Description, becoming a hero to you or others. Provide an example or as much detail as possible of the things that they do that go above and beyond their job description.
Dr. Ballew is the youngest home-based primary care provider/owner of Novari Primary Care. She has contributed her time and effort in improving geriatric medicine. Despite how far she has gone in life, she continues to teach us caregivers on the art of truly caring for our patients. Her private practice serves our growing geriatric community and I admire her passion in being an expert in dementia care. She inspires future caregivers, nurses, doctors, and allied health professionals through her gentle approach and she is always willing to teach us new medical information that she learns from her own colleagues. She is my personal hero and I hope that this nominee will shed some light on this wonderful and successful young lady.

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Karla Ballew 2019-08-16 00:15:06 Jace Kay
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Voted by SCHA Community Member    August 16, 2019

Karla is an advocate for quality geriatric care. She’s an inspiring medical provider and someone whose skills and abilities only sharpen and improve over time. She’s knowledgeable and passionate about being a geriatric specialist. How lucky are we to have someone as faithful in their calling to be an ally to the residential care community? Thank you, Dr. Ballew.

Karla Ballew 2019-08-15 01:51:29 Michelle Borday
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Voted by SCHA Community Member    August 15, 2019

Karla Ballew is kind, genuine, and is passionate about geriatric care. Beyond being a home-based primary care provider/PCP, she is also a caring friend to the AFH community. I can describe Karla as being someone who can brighten a darkened day. She knows just what to say to our patient's family members. She speaks so eloquently and is an empathetic medical provider.

Karla Ballew 2019-08-14 18:26:16 Linda Parker
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Voted by SCHA Community Member    August 14, 2019

Young, smart and beautiful. I worked with Karla when she was a CNA and going to school for nursing. She is very dedicated and compassionate to her profession.

Karla Ballew 2019-08-13 08:53:29 Michelle Borday
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Voted by SCHA Community Member    August 13, 2019

Dr. Karla goes above and beyond the duty of being the primary care provider of hundreds of senior patients in Snohomish County. She is genuine about delivering quality healthcare. She is passionate and embodies a true ally for other health practitioners in our field.

Karla Ballew 2019-08-13 08:52:58 Jocelyn Leon-Guerrero
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Voted by SCHA Community Member    August 13, 2019

Karla is awesome, intelligent and caring person. She has taken care of my residents in my home for so long now and I am very please and satisfied. She is wonderful and very caring towards my residents and she is very easy to work with. She is so well loved and I am very honored to be working with her.