by Adam Worcester and Joanna Kresge

Some of the state’s largest and most effective health care organizations are expanding their footholds on the Eastside. Here is what’s going on with — and what to expect from — the area’s biggest health care providers.

 

EvergreenHealth

EvergreenHealth Medical Center was ranked in the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for clinical excellence by Healthgrades, an independent hospital-rating organization. The Kirkland-based hospital also was rated the second-best in the Seattle area and third-best in the state by U.S. News and World Report. EvergreenHealth offers 28 specialties and 535 physicians — including 215 primary care providers — via EvergreenHealth Partners, a clinical integration network formed in 2014.

“It really takes us to the next level in terms of having a unifying mechanism for physicians to lower the cost of care and improve the quality of care at the same time,” said Robert Malte, EvergreenHealth CEO.

What it’s known for
Partnership with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; cardiovascular services; women’s and children’s services; home care; hip and knee replacements; spinal care.

What’s new
On March 1, Valley General Hospital in Monroe officially became EvergreenHealth Monroe. Also, EvergreenHealth has posted version 1.0 of a pricing transparency tool, which gives patients estimates accurate “on the penny,” says spokesperson Kay Taylor.

What’s on the horizon
Increased use of aviation industry-standard simulation training techniques; Skype conferences between patients and doctors.

UWMedicineUniversity of Washington Medicine

University of Washington Medicine has three primary missions: patient care, education, and research. Most UW Medicine physicians also research or teach. “This translates into better care and better treatment outcomes for our patients,” says Dr. Eugene Yang, medical director of the UW Medicine Eastside Specialty Center.

There are two UW neighborhood clinics on the Eastside, in Issaquah and Woodinville, and UW Medicine operates Valley Medical Center in Renton. Urgent care facilities are in Woodinville and Bellevue, and there is a specialty center in Bellevue. UW doctors practice in more than 20 specialties.

What it’s known for
Cardiology; radiology and imaging services; gastrointestinal endoscopy.

What’s new
The 35,000-square-foot Eastside Specialty Center in Bellevue is less than a year old and serves as a satellite to the main campus in Montlake.

What’s on the horizon
Expanded primary care services; more clinical trials with Eastside residents.

Group HealthGroupHealthBellevue

Group Health has medical centers in Bellevue’s Wilburton and Factoria neighborhoods, and three neighborhood co-ops scattered throughout Bellevue and Redmond. The Wilburton facility offers comprehensive specialty and primary care, an ambulatory surgery center, endoscopy services, and urgent care. It collaborates with Overlake Hospital for some patient care, including a shared heart-valve program.

“Our close proximity and relationship with Overlake has allowed for opportunities to partner in ways that do not provide duplicative services and enhance the care of our patients on the Eastside,” said Alicia Eng, director of Eastside clinic operations.

What it’s known for
Its model of providing both insurance coverage and health care. The nonprofit is one of the few cooperative health-care organizations in the U.S.

What’s new
Care Now, a program in which patients can complete an online health questionnaire and receive a diagnosis and prescription for a variety of conditions for $25.

What’s on the horizon
Increasing the number of CareClinics, walk-in clinics for minor medical needs located in Bartell Drugs stores.

Overlake_JoannaOverlake Medical Center

This nonprofit regional medical center features 349 beds and a staff of more than 2,800 that has provided medical care on the Eastside for more than 50 years. Overlake is based in Bellevue and has facilities in Issaquah, Redmond, and Kirkland. “I think Overlake stands out because of the personalized care we give to patients and their families in addition to the value we offer for the care we provide,” says Kipepeo Brown, director of marketing for Overlake.

What it’s known for
Cardiac program; cancer care; surgical services; senior care; women’s health and childbirth; a network of neighborhood clinics; the first Level III trauma center on the Eastside.

What’s new
Overlake recently hired a new neurosurgeon to expand its neural surgery program.

What’s on the horizon
The hospital is working on a new cancer center that will focus on a patient-centered cancer program. The project is scheduled to begin in 2016.

Seattle Children’s HospitalSeattleChildrens

Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center continues to grow into its 80,000-square-foot facility, which opened five years ago. Children’s also has a center at Overlake Hospital, a clinic in Mill Creek, and a specialty center for autistic adults in Bothell. It offers home health care services, as well.

“The intent is to bring the same world-class care we’re known for closer to home for Eastside residents,” says Aaron Dipzinski, director of the Bellevue Clinic. Physicians shuttle between Seattle and Bellevue. On a given day, there might be 120 doctors in the Bellevue Center, performing any of 25 different specialties. The center performs about 4,000 surgeries a year, and has around 100,000 annual patients, Dipzinski says.

What it’s known for
Quality. Children’s received “Magnet” status in 2008 from U.S. News & World Report, an award bestowed on the top 4 percent of hospitals in the country. Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, and bioethics.

What’s new
A third operating room; expanded sleep-study program.

What’s on the horizon
Two more operating rooms.

SwedishHospitalSwedish Hospital and Medical Center

Swedish has a campus in Issaquah and smaller facilities in Redmond and Mill Creek, with emergency and urgent care at Redmond. The Issaquah campus, which opened in 2011, is designed to look and feel like a community center, with retail shops, an eatery, and a Starbucks.

Swedish is able to offer a much higher level of patient care on the Eastside than it could five years ago, says Dr. Rayburn Lewis, director of the Issaquah campus. Tougher cases get sent across I-90 to the main Seattle branches on Cherry Hill and First Hill. “One of the phenomenal things about being Swedish Issaquah is we’re part of a big system,” Lewis said. “That’s a big advantage.”

What it’s known for
Cardiovascular care; cancer treatment; neuroscience; high-risk obstetrics; organ transplantation.

What’s new
A Level II nursery cares for premature babies born as early as 34 weeks.

What’s on the horizon
Internal expansion to 175 inpatient beds; adding new medical office buildings and parking space.

Virginia MasonVirginiaMason

Virginia Mason is a nonprofit system of integrated health services that includes medical centers in Kirkland, Issaquah, and Bellevue. It operates a 336-bed hospital in downtown Seattle, and has a partnership with EvergreenHealth. The organization’s 460 physicians offer primary care and a wide range of specialty care, including cardiology, allergy and asthma treatment, and diabetes care. The Issaquah and Bellevue facilities have ambulatory surgery centers, and the Bellevue medical center houses the Lewis and John Dare Center’s concierge medicine program.

What it’s known for
Research on autoimmune diseases like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and AIDS; Bailey-Boushay House, a 35-bed AIDS-care facility.

What’s new
Completion of a master plan to remodel the First Hill campus in Seattle and expand it by one block.

What’s on the horizon
Expanded services at regional centers.

All Photos courtesy medical facilities except Overlake photo by Joanna Kresge