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SEATTLE, Wash. - (Aug. 27, 2007) - The newly redesigned pediatric clinic at Virginia Mason's Seattle Main Campus in Lindeman Pavilion will host its open house Thursday, Sept. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. Parents, children and teens can tour the facility and see how new amenities and care delivery are centered around the patient. The event is free and open to the public.

"Children and families have received the highest quality at the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Clinic at Virginia Mason for years. Now the care is even more accessible and convenient in a family-friendly environment," said Donna Smith, MD, chief of pediatrics, Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Earlier this year, Virginia Mason staff teamed up with parents and children in the community to design a facility specifically geared toward family needs. As a result, exam rooms were made larger to accommodate parents and siblings going to appointments together; hands-free automatic doors and slider entrances help parents with strollers and full arms; and the majority of care (including weight, height and eye exams) is conducted in personal exam rooms.

Patients access exam rooms from an exterior hallway while medical flow and supplies are kept behind the scenes in a central location. This allows for doctors and care providers to enter from back doors allowing for less wait time and quicker patient care. Other implemented suggestions from families include adding toys and activities in exam rooms to keep siblings and patients occupied.

"When a patient first arrives at the front desk, he or she is immediately directed to a personal exam room, such as the caterpillar room or butterfly room. This allows for quicker access to care and the reduction of possible contagions in the waiting room," said Theresa Craw, clinic manager. "Our patient-centered design is focused on making access to health care better for our patients."

What: Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Clinic Open House
Where: Lindeman Pavilion, 1201 Terry Ave., Seattle
When: Thursday, Sept. 6
Time: Noon to 2 p.m. - Tours and Open House
  12:30 to 1 p.m. - Presentations from CEO and key staff

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

Alisha Mark 
Media Relations
(206) 341-1509

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