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.”
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. Where will the Redmond facility be located?
The facility is located in the heart of downtown Redmond in the Bella Bottega shopping center, near NE 90th St. and Redmond-Woodinville Road.
- 2. When will it open?
The project is slated to break ground in May 2010, with plans to open in 2011.
- 3. What services will be offered at the Redmond facility?
- § 24/7 emergency department
- § Primary Care Center-Redmond, the new home of EMG Redmond and Family Medicine of Redmond
- § Complete lab services
- § Outpatient diagnostic imaging suite (CT, MRI, Ultrasound and X-ray)
- § Specialty care
- 4. How big is the new facility?
The facility will be three-levels, occupying approximately 48,000-square-feet. The ED will have 16 emergency care exam rooms, including two isolation and two resuscitation rooms. The Primary Care Center will have 36 patient exam rooms.
- 5. Why is Evergreen opening an emergency department in Redmond?
Evergreen has a commitment and a responsibility to increase access to exceptional care for residents who live and work in the communities served by our public hospital district. We have been serving Eastside residents as a not-for-profit hospital for over 38 years. Evergreen has been offering primary care in Redmond since 1996. The new Redmond facility will offer increased access to emergency, specialty, and primary care, as well as diagnostic imaging services.
- 6. What hours will the facility be open?
The ED will operate just like our main hospital ED. It will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and patients are not required to make appointments. The Primary Care Center will be open extended hours and will offer evening, weekend and same-day appointments.
- 7. What is the advantage of combining an emergency department with a primary care center?
Combining an ED with Evergreen's existing primary care clinics allows patients to access around-the-clock care for a broader base of illnesses and injuries.
Patients will have access to the full suite of diagnostic imaging and lab services. The facility will also provide more convenient access to Evergreen specialists who will be able to see patients in medical/surgical office suites.
- 8. Why is Evergreen upgrading from an urgent care center to an ED in Redmond?
Opening an ED in Redmond increases the community’s access to round-the-clock medical care. Patients will be treated by board-certified, emergency medicine physicians who can handle a higher acuity level of illnesses and injuries. The new facility will also include a full suite of diagnostic imaging, which is not currently offered in urgent care.
- 9. How will patients access the ED?
Patients may walk in or be transported by basic life support ambulances to receive care. Patients requiring hospitalization will be transported to Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland or another hospital.
10. Who will staff the Redmond facility?
When it opens, the 75-member ED staff will include board-certified emergency medicine physicians, trauma-trained nurses, social workers and support staff. More than 50 primary care providers and clinic employees will work in the Primary Care Center.
11. How much will the new facility cost?
Evergreen is investing approximately $15 million into the Redmond facility.
12. What will the impact be on Evergreen’s main hospital ED?
The new Redmond ED will improve access to Evergreen’s main ED in Kirkland to treat more critically ill and injured patients. The Kirkland campus is located just 5 miles and 11 minutes away from the Redmond facility should patients require hospitalization.
13. If I have more questions, where do I go?
Please visit our website to learn more www.evergreenhospital.org/RedmondED