April 12, 2014 in Business

Providence medical center in Spokane Valley nearly ready for patients

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Providence Medical Park Spokane Valley is seen Wednesday. The new center will have an open house today.
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Open house

Where: 16528 E. Desmet Court

When: Today, 1 to 4 p.m.

Facility size: 132,000 square feet on 11 acres

Project cost: $44 million

Providence Health Care opens its large outpatient surgery center and medical clinic this month in Spokane Valley.

Formally called Providence Medical Park Spokane Valley, the two-story facility starts accepting patient visits on April 28.

Providence officials are offering an open house today from 1 to 4 p.m.

Providence Health Care, the region’s largest medical provider which operates Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital, spent $44 million to bring its services to Spokane Valley.

Located just north of Interstate 90, the facility is about 2 miles from Rockwood Health System’s Valley Hospital, which has been upgraded in recent years by its owners to provide more services to Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake.

After Providence announced plans for the center, Valley Hospital officials filed a challenge with the state, contesting the larger institution’s plan and claiming the area had no need for an additional urgent care center.

The state approved the project in 2013.

The new Providence center’s focus is on urgent and ambulatory care. Providers will offer a range of outpatient services, including surgeries, diagnostic imaging, and neurologic and cardiology procedures.

Urgent care physicians provide many of the same services found in an emergency room, but can be quicker and less costly than visiting an ER, said Kathy Tarcon, chief operating officer of Providence Medical Group.

The new center has four surgical suites. Its first focus will be on orthopedic patients, a service that will begin in the fall, Tarcon said.

Starting in July three procedure rooms will provide room for colonoscopies and services by gastroenterologists.

The urgent care center will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the possibility of switching to longer hours depending on demand. Laboratory tests will be provided between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Other services including pediatric and family health care will be provided from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tarcon said Providence’s goal in expanding multi-specialty care to Spokane Valley is to reach more patients who want to avoid traveling into the city center for care.

“We have been serving the needs of Spokane Valley residents for a number of years,” she said.

The facility is Providence’s third urgent care clinic in the area; the others are at Highway 2 and Hawthorne Road in north Spokane, and downtown at Fifth Avenue and Division Street.


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