The Everett Herald: Smokey Point office of Everett Clinic to open soon


Zepeda, April
Monday, August 20, 2012
Everett Clinic's largest satellite office is scheduled to open Sept. 4, serving thousands of north county patients.

By Sharon Salyer, Herald Writer

MARYSVILLE -- At 60,000 square feet, The Everett Clinic's newest office will also be its largest satellite clinic.

The $24.6 million building opens Sept. 4 with a workforce of 123 people. It will be able to offer 160,000 medical appointments a year.

The clinic will have the widest variety of medical specialists outside its main campus in Everett, said Mark Mantei, the organization's chief operating officer. These include cardiology, podiatry and orthopedics in addition to family practice and sports medicine.

The public will get a chance to tour The Everett Clinic's new medical office during an open house scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Smokey Point clinic is just west of I-5 at 2901 174th St NE. It is one of two major medical clinics to open in the Smokey Point area this year and part of a push to serve the area's rapidly growing communities.

Forty percent of Everett Clinic's 295,000 patients live in north Snohomish County.

In March, Cascade Skagit Health Alliance opened an $11 million 42,000-square-foot clinic east of I-5, at 3823 172nd St. NE in Arlington.

For all the things the new Smokey Point clinic will have, such as MRI and CT imaging machines, there are a few things they hope it won't have, such as long patient waiting times, Mantei said.

"Our goal is to cut the time that a patient spends waiting by more than 25 percent," he said.

That would mean having patients in an exam room and talking to a medical assistant about their health issues about two minutes after arriving at the clinic, Mantei said.

So by design, the clinic's waiting room is smaller. Patient exam rooms are larger and some services, such as blood draws, will be conducted in the exam rooms, eliminating the need for patients to move from room to room for services.

Each exam room has two sets of sliding doors to increase privacy -- one entry way for patients and one for medical staff. "You don't have to go through a hallway filled with staff," Mantei said.

The clinic will offer behavior health services, counseling for kids and adults as well help for patients with drug and alcohol problems.

Many of the sickest patients also have behavioral health issues, Mantei said. So it's helpful to have the services in the same building as their primary care provider.

The building's walk-in clinic will be open longer hours, until 8 p.m. on weekends.

Planning for the new clinic began four years ago when the organization bought the 3.6 acre site.

Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486;

Open House
An open house for The Everett Clinic's new Smokey Point Medical Center is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The building is at 2901 174th St. NE in the Smokey Point area.