CLE ELUM, WASH., Oct. 28, 2010 – The new Swedish Cle Elum clinic will officially open on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 8:30 a.m. When the front door opens, patients will be greeted by lead physician Barry Marmorstein, M.D., medical assistant Leah Knight, nurse manager Tammy Wallick, R.N., and patient care coordinator Mary Stetson Benavides.
The modern, 2,900-square-foot facility at 214 W. First St. offers both advanced and basic medical care, plus X-ray and laboratory services and, in the future, likely a number of telehealth-enabled technologies. Current services include preventive and wellness care; chronic disease management for diabetes, hypertension, asthma, depression and other conditions; geriatric medicine; health education and minor surgical procedures.
When it opens, Swedish Cle Elum will be one of 15 Swedish Physicians facilities, which are a network of primary-care clinics located throughout Greater Seattle, east King County and soon Kittitas County.
“My family and I are delighted to be joining this healthy, energetic community,” said Dr. Marmorstein. “We love the outdoors and look forward to the joys of living in a smaller city.”
A specialist in internal medicine and pulmonary care, Dr. Marmostein hails from Bellevue, Wash., where he was a founder and partner in Eastside Pulmonary Associates and medical director of the Fountains at Pacific Regent, a senior living facility, for the past 11 years. He earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois.
Wallick holds a degree in nursing from Washington State University and has been active in Kittitas County 4-H programs.
Life Support, a community organization which raises money to enhance medical services in Upper Kittitas County, worked with Swedish on the project for more than two years. The group raised most of the funds to acquire the clinic site.
“Swedish and Life Support fully intend to expand the clinic and its services over time,” said Life Support Board Chair Kris Nielsen, M.D.
Swedish is committed to bringing quality health care to under-served areas in several parts of the state. It operates an extensive network of primary-care and specialty clinics, including a busy site in the city of Snoqualmie, and will finish construction of a new 175-bed hospital in Issaquah next year.
On Oct. 16, one of Swedish’s mobile mammography coaches, the Breast Care Express, made a day-long visit to Cle Elum. Other health education and outreach initiatives are planned in the future.
Clinic Dedication, Open House
In celebration of the clinic’s upcoming opening, a public dedication and open house is planned for Saturday, Oct. 30 at 11:15 a.m. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served at Mama Vallone’s restaurant located across the street. To RSVP, contact Life Support by the end of the day on Friday, Oct. 29 at 509-304-5055 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or to schedule an appointment at the Swedish Cle Elum clinic, call 509-674-6779 or visit www.swedish.org/cleelumclinic.
Established in 1910, Swedish has grown over the last 100 years to become the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 8,500 employees, 3,000-physicians and 1,200-volunteers. It is comprised of four hospital campuses – First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard and Edmonds – a freestanding emergency department 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. In fall 2009, Swedish broke ground on a new medical office building and hospital in the Issaquah Highlands, as well as an emergency department and medical office building in Ballard. More recently, Swedish announced plans to open freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center facilities in Mill Creek and Redmond. 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 and www.swedish100.org.
About Life Support
Life Support is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing emergency medical services and health care throughout Washington state’s Upper Kittitas County. Since its inception in August 1999, the volunteer-based organization has worked to raise funds to improve the emergency medical services and health care in the 800-square-mile area and surrounding communities. Life Support, which began with five community members, has grown to more than 30 dedicated volunteers and is guided by an experienced Board of Directors. For the foreseeable future, this small, rural area will struggle to support the accelerating emergency medical services and health-care demands of the millions of travelers, recreationalists and residents who expect and need a reliable and modern medical support system. To meet the challenges of today and the demands of the future, Life Support’s fund-raising and advocacy efforts are aimed at helping enable responsive emergency medical services and health care for the benefit and safety of the community, visitors, and travelers along the I-90 corridor. For more information, visit www.lifesupporti90.org.