Video: Highline Medical’s new West Seattle center dedicated, days before opening

November 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm | In Health, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 13 Comments

With Fire Station 32 right across the street from the south side of Highline Medical Center‘s brand-new West Seattle facility at 4550 Fauntleroy Way SW, it seemed natural for its crew members to join in the dedication ceremony this evening – and that’s where our video clip begins.

We first told you back in August 2011 about Highline’s plan to take over what was once part of the Huling Brothers automotive sites, then Cycle University (now on Harbor Avenue), and turn it into its new West Seattle offices, which have been located on 41st SW east of Jefferson Square until now.

They’re closing tomorrow afternoon for the move – and referring patients to their Roxbury clinic if care is needed over the weekend. But first, a celebration:

Once the new location opens, the SW Alaska side of the new Highline center will hold the entrance for Highline Urgent Care; the Fauntleroy Way SW side will be where you go in for Highline Family Medicine.

13 Comments

  1. Did we ever find out what the resolution is for Highline Clinic charging a “facility fee,” that is not covered by insurance? I remember there was a thread about this some months ago, with unsuspecting patients getting stuck with fees, even when they had comprehensive, good insurance coverage with major carriers.

    Comment by Iggy — 6:45 pm November 15, 2012 #

  2. This will be nice to have in the area rather than driving to Pill Hill.

    Comment by JayDee — 7:08 pm November 15, 2012 #

  3. Hopefully it won’t be $ 300 per visit like the local emergency clinic

    Comment by Jack Loblaw — 8:38 pm November 15, 2012 #

  4. Still won’t go there after getting dinged for $100 extra for a fee that wasn’t covered by insurance. It would have been cheaper for me to go to an e-room where prices might be higher but at least they are covered by my insurance. I’d rather not take any more chances with Highline.
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    Fool me once….

    Comment by eric1 — 8:44 pm November 15, 2012 #

  5. JayDee, Highline Medical has been in the junction for years – they are moving into a new facility.

    Comment by KB — 8:51 pm November 15, 2012 #

  6. New building paid for in part by the questionable $100 Fee often not covered by insurance. Good informative read by WSB before considering Highline.

    Comment by Stay informed — 9:01 pm November 15, 2012 #

  7. That was 8 months ago. As reported in-depth earlier this month by our partners at The Seattle Times, many major medical groups around the area have the same fee structure now http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019600338_facilityfees04m.html
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    An interesting side point from that story is that Franciscan Health System, with which Highline had been exploring affiliation (don’t know the status currently), is quoted as saying they don’t charge them. So if you are shopping around, check from time to time – you may find changed policies.
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    TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:22 pm November 15, 2012 #

  8. that was a big part of the presentation tonight; affiliation with Franciscan Health System; I had wonderful long chat with President of St Francis Hospital, Tony McLean, who was one of the speakers; (also, he’s lived in West Seattle 11 years); he gave me his card so I can look into their services; back of his biz card “Catholic Health Initiatives Core Values: Reverence, Integrity, Compassion, Excellence; website is http://www.FHShealth.org; worth looking into
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    http://www.fhshealth.org/About-Us/Franciscan-Health-System-Leadership/Anthony-McLean/
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    “Our clinics make services available to all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay. If you would like more information about how we can assist you with your bill, please talk to the receptionist when you visit a clinic. The receptionist can direct you to a patient account representative, who will help you evaluate your payment options.”
    http://www.fhshealth.org/Doctors-And-Clinics/Patient-Information/

    Comment by Diane — 12:53 am November 16, 2012 #

  9. i will be assiduously avoiding this place to the extent practical, due to the deceptive and extortionate facility fee they charge. (i’ve read all the explanations by highline reported on WSB – none of them change my mind.)

    Comment by Ben — 10:00 am November 16, 2012 #

  10. Just a reminder that there is a awesome clinc that does walk-ins right down the street on Alaska. it’s called my family doctor and I have been to see them with and without insurance and the most they ever cost me was $100. Was so happy to find them when I needed them, and givin a choice I would go back there before going to highline.

    Comment by Swiss miss — 10:15 am November 16, 2012 #

  11. agree Swiss Miss; I was surprised they picked this location, basically across the street from My Family Doctor, which also has evening hours

    Comment by Diane — 12:05 am November 17, 2012 #

  12. The Seattle Times article referenced above highlights a trend of more providers charging the facility fee that Highline dings customers with. I’m sorry but pointing to an article saying that “everybody’s doing it” doesn’t justify the practice. My Family Doctor in the area had no such fee when I went in a few months ago.

    Comment by Stay informed — 2:18 pm November 17, 2012 #

  13. I am the physician for My Family Doctor, and The West Seattle Convenient Care center. And for 10 years I have proudly served this community and never required any facility charges or charged additional fees. Even our standard physician charges are more affordable than most other medical clinics.
    We Love West Seattle !

    Comment by Dr Harrington MD — 7:04 pm November 17, 2012 #

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