West Seattle health care: Swedish to open urgent-care clinic in South Admiral, after pediatric move to Junction

May 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm | In Health, West Seattle news | 20 Comments

(King County Assessor’s Office photo of Swedish clinic building at 3400 California SW)
More big moves in local health care: If you are a patient at Swedish‘s pediatric clinic in South Admiral, you might already know it’s moving to The Junction (thanks to all the recent tipsters!). Following up with Swedish, we asked what it plans to do with the space the Children’s Clinic is leaving behind, and found out they’ll be opening an urgent-care clinic there later this year.

As noted online, the pediatric clinic will make the move to 4744 41st SW, east of Jefferson Square (a space vacated by the former Highline clinic that moved into The Triangle) over a weekend in mid-June, opening in the new location on June 16th. Swedish spokesperson Clay Holtzman tells WSB, “The move is being made to create additional space for the clinic. The new children’s clinic is adding one pediatrician. There are seven physicians associated with the children’s clinic, including the newest doctor. The new space will have parking out front and will be decorated with a West Seattle theme. Most importantly, the new clinic will be reconfigured for a ‘care team’ approach – a concept in patient care that has a team of people (not just the physician) who are responsible for the wellness of the patient. This reflects the more efficient, proactive, and engaged approach that health care overall is shifting toward.”

After that, Holtzman continues, “The old location at California SW will expand its third-floor primary care clinic into the second floor (where the children’s clinic was). Swedish will be adding an Urgent Care clinic in that second floor.” Urgent Care, he says, will open there in the late summer or early fall.

20 Comments

  1. Still patiently waiting for the Polyclinic so I can stop driving to Northgate

    Comment by Trickycoolj — 2:17 pm May 14, 2014 #

  2. Will it be a 24×7 walk in? Similar services to their SLU offices off Mercer?

    Comment by Joe Szilagyi — 2:31 pm May 14, 2014 #

  3. I’ll see if they have more to say but our exchange ended with “More details to come.”

    Comment by WSB — 2:35 pm May 14, 2014 #

  4. Can’t believe it took over 7 months to be able to get an official answer from them that they were, in fact, moving in there from the time I first heard about it happening. Although I find it kinda ironic that the pediatric clinic is moving into an apartment building that appears to house almost no children.

    Comment by Sue — 3:35 pm May 14, 2014 #

  5. I’m a little concerned about the “parking out front”. Not excited about having to circle the block and lug small children during busy times. Also concerned about the care team approach. I like having one doc who knows my kid’s history and issues. I’m sure the new facility will be snazzy and it is closer to home, so that’s good.

    Comment by KM — 6:12 pm May 14, 2014 #

  6. This has nothing to do with the Franciscans moving to town.

    Comment by She — 6:41 pm May 14, 2014 #

  7. KM, I thought it was weird how they mentioned the parking out front. The block is 2 hour parking. However, when Highline was there, there was a level of free parking in the garage that was designated for Highline. TR, have the mentioned that at all? The way this was worded, it sounds as if it’s just street parking.

    Comment by Sue — 8:29 pm May 14, 2014 #

  8. This is all I know. I wasn’t even looking for that level of detail – was just looking for confirmation of the children’s clinic move – finding out about the urgent-care clinic at the California SW location was a surprise. By the way, I did follow up and while they are working on hours, it won’t be 24 hours a day. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:38 pm May 14, 2014 #

  9. Yay… Something other than the Highline rip off place. I will never go there again after they charged me an extra $100 (not covered by my insurance) because of the higher costs of evening/weekend service costs and because not everybody pays. Uhh when else do people go to urgent care? And unlike emergency care, you don’t have to treat people if they don’t pay up.
    .
    It was cheaper for me to see an ER that is 100% covered the next time for some stitches. So much for urgent care taking the place or “non-emergency” care and not clogging up the ER. Hopefully the Highline clinic will go the way of the dodo.

    Comment by Eric1 — 9:20 pm May 14, 2014 #

  10. There isn’t a ton of parking on the street there. My dermatologist is in that building and those 2 hour parking spaces on the street will fill up quickly with the volume of kiddos that go to Swedish’s children’s clinic. I hope there will be additional parking available in the garage. I agree, having to find parking or parking blocks away with a sick kid in tow will really stink.

    Comment by ACG — 9:27 pm May 14, 2014 #

  11. Not sure how that group will do the “care team approach”. There are two Dr.’s we always request NOT to see because they have misdiagnosed our child and one of the other Dr.’s was visibly annoyed by the misdiagnosis.

    Comment by trt — 10:53 pm May 14, 2014 #

  12. I really like the convenience of the new Madison Center Poly Clinic, it’s not West Seattle, but it’s only a hop, skip, and jump away.

    Comment by Franci — 7:17 am May 15, 2014 #

  13. Good luck finding any parking after all the old Huling property’s are developed as there will be roughly 600 new units less than a block away along with all the retail going in. Bad Choice for a clinic, even Highline figured that one out.

    Comment by wetone — 8:53 am May 15, 2014 #

  14. It is unfortunate that Highline chose to apply the “facility fee”. Obviously not a good choice for a first impression on the community… or a second or third impression for that matter. The additional fee was dropped quite some time ago and certainly is NOT supported by Franciscan.

    Comment by Emilie — 10:08 am May 15, 2014 #

  15. Parking will definitely be a problem at the junction site.

    I actually came to point out the parking issue at the current Swedish location. They don’t provide enough parking at that facility, so their staff members and patients just park in the residential area behind it, taking spaces away from the people who live there. Its already tough for some residents since one street only allows parking on one side.

    Would be nice to see Swedish, which has nearly $2 billion in annual revenues, pay up to provide sufficient parking at both the junction and California sites.

    Comment by parking — 10:32 am May 15, 2014 #

  16. Can’t speak to the current parking situation along 41st but note that the projects en route to that side of The Junction are NOT the low-parking projects – The Whittaker (~400 apartments plus Whole Foods etc.) is digging a garage for 600 vehicles, Spruce across the street (former “Hole”) has a sizable garage (its design was approved under previous owners and previous city rules), the 40th/Edmunds Alliance project will have close to a 1-to-1 ratio. The garage that’s being dug for the Equity Residential buildings at 42nd/Alaska/California is ~265 spaces for 200-ish apartments.

    Comment by WSB — 10:39 am May 15, 2014 #

  17. in addition to thinking of the parking with respect to sick kids in tow, but brand new moms. (you know, like moms who labor naturally for 12+ hours or so, and end up with emergency c-sections, e.g.). new babes go to the doctor a couple times in the first 2 weeks even if they’re healthy. hopefully this place may at least have ‘new mom’ parking so they don’t have to walk a few blocks.

    Comment by sam-c — 12:22 pm May 15, 2014 #

  18. I’d consider using the parking garage under Jefferson Square if you are concerned about finding parking on 41st. Yes, it would cost a little, but there is a pedestrian doorway onto 41st. Maybe Swedish will be nice and arrange for some free parking spaces in the garage.

    Comment by artsea — 10:49 am May 17, 2014 #

  19. Healthcare is a business. Swedish is probably increasing access in WS for their own purposes. More people here have private insurance than Medicare/Medicaid, and hospitals can’t survive on what the government pays. It’s the reason they built a hospital in Issaquah. They want you as their customers, but don’t expect them to go over the top for you. Providing parking is just not done anymore. If you see a parking lot next to a hospital or clinic, it’s either old construction or the parking lot is OWNED by another company. Parking on the hill, for instance, even directly under the hospital, is owned and run by Sabey. Hospitals in an urban setting can’t afford to be responsible for providing parking, too.
    Doctors working full time and being available for you is rare, because, frankly, who can blame them. It’s too stressful to do it full time. The paperwork is horrendous. They have to justify every treatment they give and every minute of your visit. New documentation requirements are added monthly and there are 50 different plans all with different requirements. If you don’t get it right, they don’t pay. Your provider is stuck in the middle of this system.
    The reduction in the quality of care you’re complaining about is part of a large battle going on for the healthcare dollar. Swedish can’t keep giving away freebies while they’re being strangled by insurance companies who still want to make increasing profits each year.
    I suggest we continue to complain about the losses, but realize that it’s partly our own fault for allowing others to profit so brazenly from our need.

    Comment by healthcare employee — 9:57 am May 18, 2014 #

  20. AMEN, healthcare employee!

    Comment by moji — 2:16 pm May 18, 2014 #

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