Seattle Children’s Hospital plans to open to a major medical clinic here in 2018, offering a wider range of outpatient medical services than now available at its offices in Mill Creek and Everett.
The new 36,600-square-foot building will cost about $30 million. It will be constructed at 1815 13th St., near the central utility plant on Providence Regional Medical Center Everett’s Colby campus.
“With traffic increasing and the population growth in Snohomish County, the need for this local care has never been greater,” said Dr. Sandy Melzer, executive vice president of networks and population health at Seattle Children’s.
Outpatient medical specialty services will be similar to what’s available at the hospital’s main campus in King County. “This is a whole new level of service for people where they don’t have to travel to Seattle,” Melzer said.
The size of the building will be similar to Seattle Children’s South Clinic in Federal Way. Some 15 specialty services are offered there, such as cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and endocrinology.
When the new Everett office opens in mid-2018, urgent care services will be available seven days a week, said Jennifer Becker, a Children’s vice president.
The clinic will include a sibling’s room so that parents can be with their children during medical appointments and other siblings will have a place to play. It will be staffed by Children’s employees, Becker said.
In addition to medical specialty services, the clinic will offer special health programs targeted for patients age 9 to 18 with issues such as eating disorders; obesity; substance abuse and addiction; pediatric and adolescent gynecology; transgender care; and adolescent male health.
Children’s current clinics in Snohomish County are at 900 Pacific Ave. in Everett and 12800 19th Ave. SE in Mill Creek. Collectively they schedule about 11,000 outpatient appointments annually. Both clinics will close following the opening of the new Everett medical clinic.
Children’s presence on the Everett hospital’s campus dates back to 1998. Its current Everett clinic is at the hospital’s Pacific Campus. Providence’s infant intensive care unit, also on the Pacific Campus, is operated in partnership with Children’s.
Plans for Children’s to open a major clinic in Everett date back about a decade, Melzer said. “It was a timing question.”
Children’s has outgrown its space on Pacific Avenue, he said.
“There’s a certain point at which we’re unable to meet the current demand from the community,” Melzer said.
Children’s new clinic will be built on land leased from Providence.
Plans for construction of additional medical buildings on the Colby Campus were included in Providence’s 2008 master plan.
The initial stage of the Children’s clinic construction will involve moving some some utilities, which is expected to take about three months, said Darren Redick, a Providence vice president. Additional surface parking will be added near the Children’s site.
Construction of the medical clinic is expected to begin early next year, said Todd Johnson, Children’s vice president of facilities.
Underground parking at the clinic will have room for about 70 cars.
The architectural firm chosen for the clinic’s design is ZGF in Seattle. That’s the same firm that designed Providence’s medical tower, which opened in 2011. The general contractor is Aldridge + Associates of Bothell.
Source : heraldnet.com