ISSAQUAH, WASH. – Jan. 29, 2010 – Swedish Health Services will open the doors to Swedish/Lakeside, an 8,000-square-foot multi-specialty medical clinic on Monday, Feb. 1. It is adjacent to Swedish Surgical Specialists/Lakeside and Issaquah Surgery Center, a 6,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center.
Located in the Meadow Creek Office Park at 6520 - 226th Pl. in Issaquah, the clinic will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., five days a week and be able to treat adults and children with a wide range of specialized medical needs. It will be staffed by physicians, nurses, therapists, clinical specialists and support personnel.
“The clinic will be home to dozens of experienced doctors who’ll provide vital medical specialty care to a fast-growing area,” said Ray Williams, vice president, Swedish Physician Division. “Now, East King County families will not always need to travel far to see top-notch specialists.”
Williams estimated the clinic will have more than 10,000 patient visits each year.
Physicians in a variety of specialty areas will rotate through Swedish/Lakeside in addition to maintaining practices in Seattle. Specialties will include:
Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat)
Medical and surgical weight loss services
Head and neck surgery
A range of pediatric specialties including orthopedics, gastroenterology, urology, cardiology, sports medicine and general surgery
Swedish/Lakeside has 16 patient-care rooms – including five general exam rooms, four pediatric exam rooms, two devoted to ear/nose/throat exam rooms, and two for bariatric medicine exams. The clinic has full onsite laboratory and blood-draw services, and advanced diagnostic imaging capabilities.
Swedish broke ground in October on a new medical center campus in the Issaquah Highlands set to open in phases, starting in July 2011. The new clinic is located east across I-90 and up the hill from the planned hospital.
“Swedish/Lakeside is where many of our affiliated specialists who want to build a practice in Issaquah will begin,” said John Milne, M.D., medical director for strategic development at Swedish. “When the new medical office building next to the Issaquah hospital is completed next year, these specialists will relocate there.”
Dr. Milne added, “This is just another example of the rapid evolution of health care. Many more sophisticated services can be performed on an ambulatory basis these days, closer to where people live and work. That saves everyone both time and money.”
Swedish/Lakeside will also complement Swedish’s primary care clinics in Issaquah, Pine Lake, Snoqualmie, Redmond and Factoria – as well as its highly successful freestanding emergency room (ER) and ambulatory-care center in Issaquah located across from Lake Sammamish State Park. Opened in March 2005, the Swedish/Issaquah ER was the first of its kind in the region and was immediately embraced by the community for bringing higher acuity care closer to home. In 2009, it was named best ER in the region by Consumers’ CHECKBOOK and received the prestigious Summit Award by Press Ganey Associates – the health-care satisfaction industry’s most coveted mark of achievement, for maintaining patient satisfaction scores in the 95th percentile or above for at least three years.
Many physicians at Swedish/Lakeside will have access to Epic, Swedish’s secure electronic health records system, so vital information can be conveyed easily among a patient’s authorized caregivers. The system provides a common platform for clinicians to share medical documentation, test results, prescriptions – and information can be sent to any Epic facility where a patient is treated.
“The whole region is experiencing steady growth and trend data indicates the need for specialty care will expand significantly in the next several years,” Williams said. “No one knows exactly how health-care delivery will change over the next decade, but we do expect to see many more services decentralized.”
Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of three hospital campuses – First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard – a freestanding emergency room and ambulatory care center in Issaquah, Swedish Visiting Nurse Services, and the Swedish Physician Division – a network of more than 40 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, including six in east King County (Issaquah, Redmond, Pine Lake, Snoqualmie,Factoria and Crossroads). This fall, Swedish broke ground on a new medical office building and hospital in the Issaquah Highlands (www.swedishissaquah.org), as well as a medical office building and ambulatory-care center in Ballard. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org