For more than 100 years, Gritman Medical Center has provided quality health care from the same location on Moscow’s Main Street. Since the beginning, when Dr. Charles Gritman arrived in Moscow in 1893, providing state-of-the-art health care and excellent customer service has been a priority.
Initially named Gritman Hospital, we first opened our doors in the former McGregor Hotel in 1897. After Dr. Gritman’s death in 1933, his widow sold the hospital to a group of community leaders who continued its health care offerings in a community-owned, not-for-profit endeavor. To commemorate Dr. Gritman’s vision, the name was changed to Gritman Memorial Hospital.
Growth and Expansion
Growth and expansion of services led to another name change in 1991 with the sentiment that Gritman Medical Center better encompasses the full array of medical services offered.
Vital Part of the Palouse
Today, we continue the mission Dr. Gritman started and are a vital part of the Palouse. As health care has expanded to include wellness initiatives, Gritman has continued to lead the way. We look forward to meeting the ever-changing health care needs of our communities.
The Palouse offers a dynamic setting in which outdoor recreation, arts, education and agriculture blend. Whether you’re a hiker, a hunter, a biker, a fisher or a water enthusiast, the Palouse region has something to offer everyone, from urban activities to outdoor adventures. If you’re looking for a peaceful and scenic escape from big city life, Moscow and its surrounding towns offer the ideal place for work and play. In fact, Men’s Journal described Moscow as a "hip little city" and one of the nation’s five best places to live among college towns.
Located in northern Idaho, in Latah County (population 35,169), Moscow is home to Idaho’s oldest land grant university, the University of Idaho. With a distinctive combination of educational programs, the acclaimed Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and Vandals athletics, the University of Idaho brings culture, intellect and diversity to our area. Further stimulating our region is Washington State University, just eight miles to the west.
Explore a Thriving Downtown
When you’re ready for a little entertainment, you’ll find theatre, arts, music and more. Downtown Moscow features an independent bookstore, several coffee shops, a brewery, a winery, restaurants and a food co-op. A thriving farmers market operates April through October and features fresh, local, organic produce and arts and crafts.
Life on the Links
If you prefer life on the links, golfing is nearby, with many premiere courses to challenge you. These include the Palouse Ridge Golf Course, Moscow Elk's Golf Course and the University of Idaho Golf Course.
Outdoor Fun for All Ages & Interests
When the fish are biting, life is good. The Palouse offers numerous lakes and rivers within a short drive. If you’d rather float the river, numerous rafting outfitters can guide you through the world-class whitewater of the Salmon, the Snake and the Clearwater rivers. You can tackle mountain biking trails a few miles from town. Or if you prefer pavement, you’ll love the Latah Trail, the Bill Chipman Trail or any of the pastoral country roads that stretch for miles through agricultural crops like wheat and lentils.
Big City Fix Close By
When you need a big-city fix, Spokane is only 85 miles away. And with no traffic to speak of, the drive is refreshing and stress-free. Seattle is 310 miles to the west and an easy one-hour flight from the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport. With an affordable housing market, great public schools, low cost-of-living, and a four-season climate, living on the Palouse is something that urbanites only dream of.