Swedish opens new Issaquah clinic today
February 1, 2010
NEW — 11:10 a.m. Feb. 1, 2010
Swedish Health Services opened Swedish/Lakeside, multi-specialty medical clinic in Issaquah on Monday.
The healthcare provider opened the 8,000-square-foot facility next to Swedish Surgical Specialists/Lakeside and Issaquah Surgery Center, a 6,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center in the same office park near East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.
Physicians, nurses, therapists, clinical specialists and support personnel will staff the facility, and specialists will rotate through the new clinic in addition to maintaining practices in Seattle. The new clinic will feature specialists in several fields, including cardiology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and a range of pediatric specialties.
“The clinic will be home to dozens of experienced doctors who’ll provide vital medical specialty care to a fast-growing area,” Swedish Physician Division Vice President Ray Williams said in a news release. “Now, East King County families will not always need to travel far to see top-notch specialists.”
The clinic in the Meadow Creek Office Park, 6520 226th Place, will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Williams estimated the clinic would record more than 10,000 patient visits per year.
The facility includes 16 patient-care rooms, on-site laboratory and blood-draw services, and advanced diagnostic imaging capabilities.
Many physicians at Swedish/Lakeside will have access to EPIC, Swedish’s secure electronic health records system. The system allows vital information to be conveyed easily from caregivers to caregiver. The system provides a common platform for clinicians to share medical documents, test results and prescriptions. The 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 Medical Center also operates a standalone emergency room along Northwest Sammamish Road. The hospital broke ground last October on a campus in the Issaquah Highlands. The first phase of the hospital campus is planned to open next year. A second phase with 80 hospital beds will open in early 2012 and eventually expand to 175 beds.
“Swedish/Lakeside is where many of our affiliated specialists who want to build a practice in Issaquah will begin,” Dr. John Milne, Swedish’s medical director for strategic development, said in the release. “When the new medical office building next to the Issaquah hospital is completed next year, these specialists will relocate there.”