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SEATTLE - (Feb. 9, 2009) — Virginia Mason Kirkland will begin seeing patients Feb. 23 at a new location in the Evergreen Plaza Building. The clinic will occupy the entire third floor in the building located at 11800 N.E. 128th Street in Kirkland.

"Patients have always received the highest quality care at Virginia Mason Kirkland," said Shirl Diaz, clinic director. "Now our patients will have the additional benefit of a visually pleasing environment designed around their needs."

The new facility is designed to improve flow in the delivery of health care and remove centralized waiting areas. Patients are immediately directed to a personal exam room when they arrive at the front desk. This streamlined process allows for quicker access to care and lessened exposure to contagions in a waiting room. 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.

"The facility design is more convenient for our patients, as well as the whole health-care team," said Kim Pittenger, MD, medical director for VM Kirkland. "The central design enhances the communication and teamwork between medical assistants, nurses and doctors, allowing for even better coordinated care." 

The new clinic will host an open house Thursday, April 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Community members can tour the facility and see how the new amenities and care delivery are centered on the patient. The Evergreen Plaza Building is visible from the freeway and has ample parking.

What:  VM Kirkland Open House
Where:  Evergreen Plaza Building, third floor, 11800 N.E. 128th St., Suite 300, in Kirkland
When:  Thursday, April 2, 2009
Time:  6 to 8 p.m.

Virginia Mason Kirkland offers a full range of services including cardiology, heart attack and stroke prevention, digital mammography, sleep consultations, family practice, internal medicine, nutrition and diabetes education, ophthalmology and optometry, dermatology, orthopedics and podiatry, laboratory facilities, general radiology, CT scans, MRI, bone density screening and rotating specialists.

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 480 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
(206) 341-1509

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