Woodinville welcomes Everett Clinic branch with ceremony

  • Written by Tim Gruver

With the cut of a ribbon, the city officially extended a warm welcome to the Everett Clinic’s Woodinville branch on Monday, August 28 as part of its formal opening ceremony.

The two-story, 5,340 square foot clinic first opened July 24 at 17000 140th Ave NE just a few blocks south of the Woodinville Town Center. Home to primary family care and lab services, it includes specialties like allergy, immunology, dermatology, and child behavioral health. The clinic has three full-time family medicine physicians and seven full-time special service physicians.

Everett clinic openingDavid Grometer, the clinical practice manager for the Everett Clinic Woodinville, praised the city as a wonderful community the clinic staff was glad to be a part of it.

“It’s amazing what can happen when people put their heads together,” Grometer said. “People have been so friendly since we moved here.”

The  new  clinic  sits  adja-cent to the EvergreenHealth campus where the Evergreen Health Primary Care is located. It is the Everett Clinic's third site outside Snohomish County (in King County).

The building represents a lifetime of residential care for some, including Woodinville Deputy Mayor James Evans, who can remember getting care at since childhood.

“I have a lot of memories here,” Evans said. “I went to this building for 20 years and remember a lot of shots. [The Everett Clinic Woodinville] is a great opportunity for our citizens to have access to great care.”

Founded in 1924, Everett Clinic serves over 320,000 patients in Snohomish and King counties. The opening of its Woodinville branch follows the clinic’s acquisition of Totem Lake Family Medicine, which marked its first expansion east of Lake Washington earlier this April. The Kirkland clinic has six doctors and one physician assistant.

The Everett Clinic’s expansion has seen the openings of two more clinics north of Seattle last year – a clinic in Shoreline and another community clinic in the Thomas Lake neighborhood near Mill Creek. In January, it also opened an outpatient surgery center and walk-in clinic in Edmonds.

The Everett Clinic is still considering how to develop the former Emery’s Garden site, 5.5 acres it owns on 164th Street in Lynnwood. A branch in Bothell is slated for this December.

The building hosts 15 examination rooms along with a conference room seating six to eight people enabling its staff to teleconference with its sister branches across the state.

Its walls are adorned with retro post cards featuring the lakeside shores and forest lands of Woodinville to instill a relaxed, home-like atmosphere for its patients, Grommeter said.

According to Erica Peavy, Chief Transformation Officer at the Everett Clinic and former obstetrician, the clinic’s small waiting room – which houses just a dozen chairs – was meant to reflect the clinic’s fast care.

“As you may notice, we kept our waiting area very small,” Peavy said. “We weren’t too keen on keeping people waiting.”

Grometer said that teamwork is one of the chief virtues the clinic tries to promote of its cork board that hangs outside its conference room filled with daily written suggestions on everything from assignment referrals to better organizing office space.

“It’s just a great way to see something and find a better way to do it,” Grometer said. “Whenever possible, we encourage our staff to problem solve on the frontlines.“

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