Gig Har­bor pri­mary care clinic will open in late De­cem­ber

The Olympian - - Stay Connected - BY DEB­BIE COCKRELL dcock­rell@the­new­stri­bune.com Deb­bie Cockrell: 253-597- 8364, @Deb­bie_Cock­rell

The signs are go­ing up, and a new med­i­cal clinic for Gig Har­bor is set to open Dec. 26.

Kaiser Per­ma­nente is open­ing the pri­mary care clinic at 5216 Point Fos­dick Drive NW, suite 102, near Fred Meyer.

The 4,205-square-foot fa­cil­ity will have six exam rooms and of­fer pri­mary care and lab ser­vices, EKGs, di­a­betic reti­nal scans and be­hav­ioral health treat­ment. Kaiser ex­pects the clinic to have about 12 full-time po­si­tions, in­clud­ing physi­cians, physi­cian as­sis­tants, med­i­cal as­sis­tants and pa­tient rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“Our new fa­cil­ity means pa­tients will have even more per­son­al­ized choices for re­ceiv­ing con­ve­nient, ex­cel­lent care,” said Dr. By­ron Doep­ker, the clinic’s lead physi­cian. “I’m proud to be pro­vid­ing our grow­ing mem­ber­ship with ac­cess to the best care in state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties.”

The new site is part of Kaiser’s ex­pan­sion into the Gig Har­bor med­i­cal mar­ket. It opened a CareClinic at Bartell Drugs, 5500 Olympic Drive, last year.

A West Olympia pri­mary care clinic is set to open later next year, part of Kaiser’s $400 mil­lion in­vest­ment in open­ing five pri­mary clin­ics, in­clud­ing the Gig Har­bor site.

In ad­di­tion, plans are in the works for a “flag­ship spe­cialty hub” in Ta­coma. The Puget Sound Busi­ness Jour­nal orig­i­nally re­ported the news in Au­gust.

The goal is to “negate the need for you to go to a hos­pi­tal or be ad­mit­ted to a hos­pi­tal,” Su­san Mul­laney, pres­i­dent of Kaiser Foun­da­tion Health Plan of Wash­ing­ton, told the news­pa­per.

Kaiser is not yet shar­ing de­tails on the plan, though a spokes­woman told The News Tri­bune the time line on the hub project, which would im­prove on its Ta­coma Spe­cialty Med­i­cal Cen­ter, is be­yond that of the new pri­mary care sites.

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