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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – (Jan. 26, 2015) – Beginning today, urgent care for minor injuries and illnesses will be provided at Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center every day of the week. Appointments are not needed.

Urgent treatment of non-life threatening conditions is available for people of all ages from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the medical center’s Urgent Care Clinic, 380 Winslow Way E.

“Things are running very smoothly this morning and we’ve seen quite a few patients,” said Andrew Baylor, director, Bainbridge Island Medical Center. “Our teams have been preparing several months for this day. We’re excited to offer this new service for our community.”

While patients have long been able to walk in for unscheduled treatment of illnesses and injuries at Bainbridge Island Medical Center, the facility has now made urgent care an official service by expanding the hours it is available and assigning a dedicated team of medical experts. This ensures patients receive the medical attention they need promptly and more conveniently.

 “We often hear from patients who get sick or hurt on the weekends or evenings and want to come to Virginia Mason, or maybe it’s during normal business hours, but there are no appointments available,” said Catherine Edwards, MD, section head for primary care at Bainbridge Island Medical Center. “They don’t need to visit a hospital emergency department, but they do want to be seen quickly for treatment of a minor injury or illness and not wait for an appointment. Urgent care is the answer.”

Urgent care is an appropriate option for treatment of non-life threatening illnesses such as colds, the flu, ear aches, sore throats, migraines, fever and rashes, and minor injuries such as sprains, back pain, minor cuts and burns, minor broken bones and minor eye injuries. Individuals experiencing more serious or life-threatening medical emergencies should call 911. Learn more at

In addition to urgent care, services provided at Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center include family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, cardiovascular stress tests, allergy and travel medicine, anticoagulation clinic, bone density screening, diagnostic imaging, dermatology, diabetes education, nutrition counseling, laboratory, mammography, sleep medicine, podiatry, psychiatry, orthopedics, neurology and ultrasound. 

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; regional medical centers throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason website:

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Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509

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