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CHI Franciscan Health and CityMD to Open Urgent Care at Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – (Sept. 13, 2018) — CHI Franciscan Health and CityMD plan to open an urgent care center in early 2019 in the medical facility that also houses Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center. The new urgent care center will join seven other CityMD sites currently serving communities across King and Pierce counties.
“Our partnership with CityMD allows us to expand access to premier urgent care services throughout the region,” said Ketul J. Patel, chief executive officer, CHI Franciscan Health. “CHI Franciscan is committed to providing convenient, high-quality care where our neighbors and families need it most throughout the entire Puget Sound. Together with Virginia Mason, we are able to increase urgent care services to our communities on the island.”
The site will see patients seven days a week, including 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CityMD’s urgent care model employs primarily board-certified emergency medicine doctors, so patients receive a level of care they would not typically experience at another urgent care provider. Together with key clinical support staff, like X-ray technicians and medical assistants, they offer easily-accessible medical care for a variety of illnesses and injuries, including sprains, minor fractures, allergies, urinary tract infections, asthma, and upper respiratory infections. Additionally, since it is co-located with other medical services on the island, CityMD’s Aftercare program will provide vital follow-up services to patients and will help to connect them with a full continuum of primary and specialty care services.
The new CityMD urgent care center will be co-located with Virginia Mason at 1344 Wintergreen Lane NE.
Virginia Mason opened its new Bainbridge Island Medical Center site in June, expanding same-day access to family medicine and internal medicine, while also offering other specialty services. It is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We are delighted that CityMD is coming to Bainbridge Island,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “Staffed primarily with board-certified emergency medicine doctors, all area residents – including our existing patients – will have higher acuity access without having to leave the island. Such access can also prevent unnecessary visits to the emergency department.”
“Our mission at CityMD is to provide communities with an exceptional experience through high-quality medical care and convenient access,” said Joseph Passanante, MD, senior vice president, CityMD Medical Operations, Northwest Region. “Through our partnership with CHI Franciscan, we are able to further extend our standard of care and serve more Washingtonians with critical health care services as an alternative to the doctor’s office or the emergency room. We’re excited to now serve the Bainbridge Island community.”
Visiting an urgent care center for treatment of minor illnesses and injuries can help patients avoid potentially lengthy wait times at emergency departments, easing the burden of non-emergent care on those departments and reducing health care costs. According to CityMD’s "Know Where to Go" Guide, many Americans are still not choosing the correct immediate care option, opting to visit the ER for medical care that could be provided more cost-effectively and faster by expert emergency professionals in urgent care centers. CHI Franciscan and CityMD are committed to ensuring communities have the information they need to make the right choice between the ER and an urgent care – saving valuable patient time and reducing costs.
About Virginia Mason Health System Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.
Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.
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