Work crews are putting the finishing touches on the new multi-service medical center at Bella Bottega Shopping Center.
The Grand Opening Celebration and Community Open House for Evergreen Medical Center – Redmond, located at 8980 161st Ave. NE, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the four-story building, which will offer primary, specialty, urgent and emergency care services.
“The idea here…is putting all these types of services under one roof,” said Charles Hall, director of emergency services for Evergreen.
Hall, who gave the Redmond Reporter an exclusive tour of the building last Friday, said the one-stop care concept is relatively new to the Pacific Northwest, but with the new Redmond location as well as a new Woodinville facility, people will be able to receive the same level of Evergreen’s services in their neighborhood as a many of the doctors and nurses will be working at Evergreen’s main Kirkland campus as well.
The new Redmond center will have a freestanding emergency department on the second floor that will have 16 rooms, which Hall said they can expand to 18 if needed. Most rooms will have two entrances: one that opens to a clinical center for doctors and nurses to come and go as needed; and one that opens to a family hallway that circles the department. The double entrance allows for patients more privacy since fewer people will be passing by on the way to their own rooms. Hall said the rooms with only one entrance will be for more complicated cases in which patients need to be in for longer than Evergreen’s target patient turnaround time of 90 minutes.
The emergency department, which will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will have a central nurses’ station and a glass station where staff can get medication and still have a visual of patients. There are also two resuscitation rooms, which Hall said are comparable to trauma rooms. These two rooms can also house four additional beds. A laboratory will also be located on the second floor with the emergency department, allowing emergency doctors to work more efficiently. The emergency department will also have an outdoor shower and entrance that will recycle the air, so medics can bring in patients without worrying about contaminating others.
“It’s a really great feature,” Hall said, “because we don’t want to be mixing the air.”
The third floor features the onsite imaging center, which includes x-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI services. The third floor is also home to another lab that is able to run a wide range of tests in addition to usual blood draws and urine tests. Hall said medical specialists in fields such as cardiology or orthopedics will also be on the third floor and available on certain days according to the individual doctors’ schedules.
On the fourth floor is Evergreen Primary Care Center, which is Evergreen Primary Care Redmond and Family Medicine of Redmond combined into one practice. The primary care center will be open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with same-day appointments available. Also located on the fourth floor is Evergreen’s Urgent Care Center, which will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hall said, like the rooms in the emergency department, the four urgent care rooms will have two entrances, allowing for more privacy.
With the new building will come 35 new parking slots — covered and outside the building — located on the first floor. All parking, as well as the current parking in the shopping center, is free.
Hall said while these are the different services Evergreen will offer now, the medical center will adjust and evolve accordingly to fit the needs of the Redmond community.
Evergreen Medical Center – Redmond open house celebration on March 19
Evergreen Medical Center – Redmond is having a Grand Opening Celebration and Community Open House for the public on March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At the event, held at the new Evergreen facility at 8980 161st Ave NE, guests will have the opportunity to meet staff and physicians and ask them health-related questions, tour the building, get a free blood pressure check and learn CPR. Attendees can also participate in a Wall of Hope project, a ribbon-tying ceremony and enter Evergreen’s Name-the-Bear contest. Light refreshments will also be provided.
Children are invited to bring their dolls or teddy bears for a free health check and the first 1,500 children at the event will receive free EverBear teddy bears.