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Evergreen Hospital Will Build Redmond Emergency Department

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Hospital News J E 4
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KIRKLAND, Wash., March 30 Evergreen Hospital Medical Center announced plans today to open a Redmond Emergency Department (ED). Hospital leaders and physicians say the new ED will give area residents improved access to round-the-clock health care.

The emergency department will be part of a new Evergreen medical facility being built in the Bella Bottega shopping center in downtown Redmond. The plans include a comprehensive lab and advanced diagnostic imaging. It will also merge Evergreen's two Redmond-based primary care practices - Evergreen Medical Group Redmond and Family Medicine of Redmond.

The $15 million project is slated to break ground in May and open in 2011.

"We have a responsibility to provide the highest standard of health care to the rapidly growing Eastside communities," said Al De Young, the Evergreen Board of Commissioners chair. "Enhancing medical services is a major part of our commitment to offer exceptional care, close to home."

The three-level, 48,000 square-foot facility will be located near the corner of Northeast 90th Street and Redmond-Woodinville Road. The complex will include 16 emergency rooms and 36 primary care exam rooms. The developer and site owner is Gary Merlino Construction and the general contractor is Sellen Construction. Both are local companies.

When it opens, the ED staff will include 75 staff including board-certified emergency medicine physicians, trauma-trained nurses, social workers and support staff. More than 50 employees will staff the primary care center.

Patients at the new ED will receive the same high-quality care they receive at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland. Should any patient require hospitalization, established protocols will ensure seamless coordination of care and transportation to the hospital.

"We've been a community partner and health care provider for the past 38 years," De Young said. "The most important thing is to continue providing exceptional care to the community."

Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, licensed for 275 beds, is the heart of King County Public Hospital District #2. It includes medical groups, home care, hospice and many other services and community health outreach programs. Since opening our doors in 1972, Evergreen's patient and family-centered philosophy, combined with our commitment to advancing medical solutions, has enabled us to provide people with exceptional health care. Evergreen serves more than nearly 500,000 residents throughout north King and south Snohomish counties. Evergreen employs more than 3,200 staff and its medical staff includes more than 900 physicians, representing over 50 specialties. For more information, visit www.evergreenhospital.org.

Contact:

Sherry Grindeland at 425-899-1882 or slgrindeland@evergreenhospital.org

Sue Evans, Firmani + Associates Inc. at 206-443-9357 or Sue@firmani.com

SOURCE Evergreen Hospital Medical Center
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