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Dr. Isaac S. Pope

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Local Address: Tacoma, Washington, United States
Madison Army Medical Center
 
Background

Employment History

  • Staff Pediatrician
  • Director of the Training Program
    Peace Corps
  • Enlisted Man
    U.S. Air Force
  • Physician
    U.S. Army Medical Corps

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • high school diploma
    Emily Griffith Opportunity School
  • Pueblo Junior College
  • bachelors degree
    Gonzaga University
  • University of Washington
  • masters , public administration
  • medical degree
    University of Washington School of Medicine
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Web References
Graduation speaker will be Isaac ...
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Graduation speaker will be Isaac Pope
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Dr. Isaac Pope, a Pueblo Junior College alumnus who played on the 1961 National Junior College Basketball Championship team, will deliver the keynote address Sunday at the commencement ceremony in Durango for graduates of Southwest Colorado Community College, a branch of Pueblo Community College
SCCC will graduate 151 on Sunday. The ceremony is on May 17 at 2 p.m. in the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall.
Since growing up in Tennessee, Pope has lived his credo that one individual can make a difference in peoples lives. Perhaps it was instilled in him by his parents, who raised five children of their own and took in children who had lost their parents and elderly people who needed help.
They and other members of the church were good examples of people taking care of people, Pope said.
He served in the Air Force for three years at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. While there, he attended and received his high school diploma from the Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver. Next, he attended Pueblo Junior College on football and basketball scholarships, and he was part of PJCs 1961 national championship team.
Pope went on to earn a bachelors degree at Gonzaga University before joining the Peace Corps as a volunteer high school science teacher in West Africa. When he returned, he attended the University of Washington in Seattle and earned a masters in public administration.
Pope fulfilled a lifelong dream hed had since being a child when he earned a medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1974. After serving his internship and residency at the Madison Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., he became a staff pediatrician at an Army hospital in Missouri.
After going into private pediatric practice in 1979 in Washington state, he devoted himself to improving the lives of children and families. He helped establish clinics for children with special health needs, low-cost exams for area high school athletes, free exams for Special Olympics athletes, and services to juveniles in correctional facilities.
Later, a bout with cancer caused Pope to sell his medical practice and launch Popes Kids Place in Southwest Washington to provide comprehensive health and social services with a focus on children with special needs or who are financially disadvantaged.
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Dr. Pope is sure to bring a powerful, lasting message that will culminate our students dedication to their pursuit of a higher education.
Mostly retired now, Pope remains active in his community and works as a part-time pediatrician at a juvenile correctional facility, and with The Chehalis Foundation.
Pope's Kids Place - About Isaac Pope, M.D.
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Dr Pope Pope's Kids Place - About Isaac Pope, M.D.
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ABOUT DR POPE
Dr. Pope is honored by his peers for 'excellence'
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Photo of Isaac Pope, MD "This award means a lot to me," Dr. Pope says from his busy office at the nonprofit clinic, Pope's Kids Place in Centralia. Named as the recipient of the 2005 Physician Excellence Award by his peers at Providence Centralia Hospital means something special to Isaac Pope, M.D.
He explained that over the course of 26 years of service in Lewis County, he has received many awards. But this one, coming as it did from the peers he has worked with over the years, had the most meaning.
Born in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Pope was one of five children, and the one "in the middle," he said with a smile. He has two brothers and two sisters. His parents were a hard-working couple, neither of whom had more than a ninth grade education: but they had dreams for their children. "They just pushed us," he recalled.
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It was while pursuing his career as a pediatrician that Pope and his wife of 38 years, Jo, headed for Lewis County in 1979; despite the warnings of several friends who said they might encounter prejudice in the rural community. The Popes found themselves more than welcome and, after a hard two years of getting his fledgling practice off the ground, Dr. Pope became a successful and popular pediatrician.
Dr. Pope and Jo are the proud parents of twin boys and a daughter: David and Stephen, 34, and Theresa, 30. None of the three followed their father into the medical profession. "They said I work too hard," Pope laughs.
With his deep love of children, there was something that always bothered Dr. Pope in his practice--the very sick children, the ones with special needs, and the struggles their dedicated and exhausted parents faced daily. Dr. Pope wanted to whatever he could to help.
"One thing I noticed was the disintegration of the families. There was no break, 24/7," he said.
Dr. Pope, working with the nurses at the Lewis County Health Department, took an innovative first step to helping the families. "We started a Board of Review. We would have everybody in the room involved with the child, the caregivers and the parents, and would come up with a plan. The concept, which the rest of the country began doing years later and called "case management," proved a great success.
2007 photo of Dr Pope visiting with patient About the time he was wishing he could do more for the families of very sick children, Pope was diagnosed with cancer, a very 'frightening" experience for him. After time spent in the hospital, he realized that if he wanted to help the children he would have to give up his busy practice and devote himself to the project. After talking with Jo, the pair decided to sell his practice and devote themselves to his dream. Pope's Kids Place was born, but not without the generosity of the community and the many other volunteers who make it happen, Dr. Pope says.
The mission of Pope's is to provide comprehensive health and social services with a focus on children with special needs. Children with special needs, as well as children who are financially disadvantaged, are helped at Pope's. No one gets turned away. If children come when they are sick, or needing help with dental or medical or social programs, we help them. Pope's relies on public support for these children whom others in the medical field consider, "write-offs."
Funding needs to support the programs at Pope's Kids Place are enormous. The Popes note that the tremendous generosity the community has shown through the years has been invaluable. Dr. Pope has a vision to have a larger medical clinic and more space for dental. They are growing outside their walls with their patient load and Dr. Pope is not that far from retiring.
Dr. Pope, however, is quick to reassure that while he will work less, he has no plans to completely leave Pope's Kids Place. One of Dr. Pope's special joys is visiing with the children he has helped in the past. "All of these kids who come by to see me, who are adults and stop to say hi," he smiles.
Dr. Pope Wins Prestigious Jefferson Award in Washington State! Read about the Jefferson Awards Seattle Post-Intelligencer - March 26, 2002
Dr. Isaac Pope is a man who has committed himself, heart and soul, to a cause that was worth giving up his flourishing medical practice: the care of special needs children and their families in Southwest Washington. About ten years ago, Pope received what amounted to a death sentence when he was diagnosed with an advanced and difficult to treat form of cancer. Even with radical surgery, his survival time was estimated to be less than five years. Upon his discharge from the University of Washington Medical Center, he came home to Southwest Washington, and soon decided to devote whatever time he has left to doing something he truly believes in. He envisioned a project that would make a significant difference in the lives of some of Lewis County's most fragile and vulnerable citizens and their families.
Dr. Pope knew from his sixteen years of pediatric practice that children and families who live with developmental disabilities and/or special health care needs are faced with endless obstacles and seemingly insurmountable odds when they need services. With that knowledge in mind, his vision began to take shape. In order to devote himself fully toward making this vision a reality, he realized that he would need to sell his highly successful pediatric practice. Even before the sale was complete he began to recruit others to help him achieve what seemed to be an impossible task.
Over the past five years, Isaac Pope has personally expended nearly ten thousand volunteer hours in bringing his vision to reality. He has organized and inspired community leaders and members who share his passion into a cohesive team whose aim is to create a center for children and families challenged by special needs. A consensus among those involved in the project determined that an appropriate name for the center would be Pope's Kids Place, a choice which Dr. Pope reluctantly agreed to. Members of the Board of Directors for Lewis County Children with Special Needs, the governing body of the non-profit Pope's Kids Place answered Dr. Pope's call and challenge.
Today Pope's Kids Place offers a pediatric clinic, managed by a pediatric nurse practitioner, a day treatment and respite center for children and families, and an outreach program whose focus is on identifying children and families with special needs. The overriding goal in providing these services is to help maintain the well-being and improve the quality of life for the center's clients.
Beginning at a very early age, Isaac Pope has lived his credo that one individual can and does make a difference in the lives of others. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force as an enlisted man and later as a physician with the U.S. Army Medical Corps. After graduation from Gonzaga University in 1965, Isaac Pope joined the Peace Corps and served a two-year stint as a high school science teacher in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He returned to Washington state and entered the University of Washington's Master of Public Administration degree program. While enrolled there he served for a time as director of the Peace Corp's training program for Gambia, West Africa.
Dr. Pope fulfilled a lifelong dream when he earned a Medical Degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1974. Since that time, he has devoted himself to improving the lot and lives of children and families in his community. In addition to his very busy pediatric practice, Dr. Pope provides medical services to Green Hill School and Maple Lane School, two of the state's juvenile correctional facilities.
In addition to maintaining active involvement in his community and in Washington State's governmental policy affairs related to children's issues, Dr. Pope has set the highest standard for personal achievement and dedication to the welfare and quality of life of those in need.
Pope's Kids Place - Staff
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Isaac Pope, MD, Volunteer Pediatrician
About Dr. Pope ...
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About Dr. Pope
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Dr. Isaac Pope, M.D.Pediatrician
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Dr. Isaac Pope
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Dr. Isaac Pope
Dr. Isaac Pope, a Pueblo Junior College alumnus who played on the 1961 National Junior College Basketball Championship team and has gone on to positively impact many lives, will be Pueblo Community College's commencement speaker this spring.
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Two days later, Dr. Pope also will deliver the keynote address at the commencement ceremony in Durango for graduates of PCC's Southwest Colorado Community College branches in Durango and Cortez/Mancos.
Since growing up in his native Tennessee, Dr. Pope has lived his credo that one individual can make a huge difference in the lives of others. Perhaps it was partially instilled in him by his parents, who not only raised five children of their own but often took in both children who had lost their parents and elderly people who needed help.
"They and other members of the church were good examples of people taking care of people," Dr. Pope noted.
He served in the Air Force for three years, being stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. While there, he attended and received his high school diploma from the Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver. Next, he attended Pueblo Junior College, initially on a football scholarship but later on a basketball scholarship, and he was part of PJC's 1961 national championship team. (PJC was renamed Pueblo Community College in 1982.)
Pope went on to earn a bachelor's degree at Gonzaga University before joining the Peace Corps as a volunteer high school science teacher in West Africa. When he returned, he attended the University of Washington in Seattle and earned a Master's in Public Administration degree.
Isaac fulfilled a lifelong dream he had had since being a child when he earned a Medical Degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1974. After serving his internship and residency at the Madison Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, he became a staff pediatrician at a U.S. Army hospital in Missouri.
But Dr. Pope's life took on a significant focus when he went into private pediatric practice in 1979 in the state of Washington. Something that had always bothered him were the very sick, special-needs children and the struggles their parents faced. Since that time, he has devoted himself to improving the lives of children and families in his community.
He helped establish outreach clinics for children with special health-care needs, low-cost physical exams for area high school athletes, free exams for Special Olympics athletes, and medical services to those in juvenile correctional facilities. Then, he was part of a group that developed a Board of Review and conceived the "case management" family health care system.
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Later, a bout with cancer caused Isaac to sell his medical practice and follow his dream to launch Pope's Kids Place in Southwest Washington with the help of his community and many volunteers.
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"Dr. Pope is sure to bring a powerful, lasting message that will culminate our students' dedication to their pursuit of a higher education."
While mostly retired now, Dr. Pope remains active on his community's City Council, as a part-time pediatrician at a state juvenile correctional facility, and with The Chehalis Foundation that organizes and funds projects in his hometown community.
Pope has earned a lengthy list of awards and honors in the state of Washington during the past 36 years, many medical-related but dozens others for his civic leadership.
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