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September 12, 2018
CHI Franciscan Health and CityMD to Open Urgent Care at Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center
New location offers care led by board-certified emergency medicine physicians and increases urgent care services on the island
Bainbridge Island, Washington - CHI Franciscan Health and CityMD plan to open an urgent care center in early 2019 in the medical facility that also houses Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center. The new location will join seven other CityMD sites currently serving communities across King and Pierce counties.
“Our partnership with CityMD allows us to expand access to premier urgent care services throughout the region,” said Ketul J. Patel, chief executive officer of CHI Franciscan Health. “CHI Franciscan is committed to providing convenient, high-quality care where our neighbors and families need it most throughout the entire Puget Sound. Together with Virginia Mason, we are able to increase urgent care services to our communities on the island.”
The site, which will open to patients in early 2019, will see patients seven days a week, including 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CityMD’s urgent care model employs primarily board-certified emergency medicine doctors, so patients receive a level of care they would not typically experience at another urgent care provider. Together with key clinical support staff, like X-ray technicians and medical assistants, they offer easily-accessible medical care for a variety of illnesses and injuries, including sprains, minor fractures, allergies, urinary tract infections, asthma, and upper respiratory infections. Additionally, since it is co-located with other medical services on the island, CityMD’s Aftercare program will provide vital follow-up services to patients and will help to connect them with a full continuum of primary and specialty care services.
Virginia Mason opened the new Bainbridge Island Medical Center site in June, expanding same-day access to family medicine and internal medicine, while also offering other specialty services. It is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We are delighted that CityMD is coming to Bainbridge Island,” said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason. “Staffed primarily with board-certified emergency medicine doctors, all area residents -- including our existing patients -- will have higher acuity access without having to leave the island. Such access can also prevent unnecessary visits to the emergency department.”
“Our mission at CityMD is to provide communities with an exceptional experience through high-quality medical care and convenient access,” said Joseph Passanante, MD, senior vice president of CityMD Medical Operations, Northwest Region. “Through our partnership with CHI Franciscan, we are able to further extend our standard of care and serve more Washingtonians with critical health care services as an alternative to the doctor’s office or the emergency room. We’re excited to now serve the Bainbridge Island community.
Visiting an urgent care center for treatment of minor illnesses and injuries can help patients avoid potentially lengthy wait times at emergency departments, easing the burden of non-emergent care on those departments and reducing health care costs. According to CityMD’s "Know Where to Go" Guide, many Americans are still not choosing the correct immediate care option, opting to visit the Emergency Services department for medical care that could be provided more cost-effectively and faster by expert emergency professionals in urgent care centers. CHI Franciscan and CityMD are committed to ensuring communities have the information they need to make the right choice between the Emergency Services department and an urgent care – saving valuable patient time and reducing costs.
The new CityMD urgent care center will be co-located with Virginia Mason at:
1344 Wintergreen Lane Northeast
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Founded in 2010 by a passionate group of emergency medicine physicians, CityMD's mission is to serve its communities by providing an exceptional experience through high-quality medical care and convenient access. The company's unwavering commitment to treating everyone with respect and genuine kindness while offering exceptional services and a cost-effective alternative to the ER, has enabled CityMD to grow from one Manhattan practice to more than 100 locations in the greater New York Metro Area and Seattle, Washington. To date, CityMD has treated over 5 million patients. For more information about CityMD and a list of locations, please visit citymd.com. Follow CityMD on Facebook facebook.com/CityMD, Twitter @CityMD and Instagram @CityMD.
About CHI Franciscan Health
CHI Franciscan Health is a nonprofit health system based in Tacoma, Washington, with $2.45 billion in total revenue and a team of more than 12,000 doctors, nurses and staff that provide expert, compassionate medical care at 10 acute care hospitals and over 200 primary and specialty care clinics in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties. This includes St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton and Silverdale; Highline Medical Center, Burien; Regional Hospital, Burien; and CHI Franciscan Rehabilitation Hospital, Tacoma. Started in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan is one of the largest health systems in Washington state. The system is comprised of more than 1,200 hospital beds and over 4,000 credentialed providers offering cardiovascular care, cancer care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences, women’s care and other health care services. CHI Franciscan’s mission focuses on creating healthier communities, including caring for the poor and underserved. In our 2017 fiscal year, the organization provided $188 million in community benefit, including $20 million in charity care. Follow CHI Franciscan on Facebook facebook.com/franciscanhealth, Twitter @FHSHealth and Instagram @franciscanhealth.
About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others from around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology for continually improving quality, safety and efficiency.
Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950.