Addition of two locations will expand the health system’s primary care reach to 12 practices across Puget Sound

EvergreenHealth this week announced plans to acquire Lakeshore Clinic as part of its employed medical group. The two Lakeshore Clinic locations at Totem Lake and Bothell will put EvergreenHealth at 12 total primary care practice locations, spanning from Sammamish to Sultan.

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EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland. Photo courtesy Evergreen Health.

“Lakeshore Clinic has been a trusted health partner to our patients and their families for more than 70 years,” Lakeshore Clinic CEO Linda Jeppesen said in a press release. “Joining EvergreenHealth affords us the opportunity to continue our history of success providing patients with innovative models of care, while ensuring we have access to resources as part of a larger health system.”

The goal is to make a smooth transition for employees, providers, and patients of the Lakeshore Clinic. Moving forward, the plan includes job offers for Lakeshore’s 18 primary care physicians and one podiatrist, putting EvergreenHealth’s total number of primary care providers at nearly 80. This also includes the transition of their clinical and office staff. Lakeshore Clinic’s providers will therefore continue their current relationships with patients at the existing locations in Kirkland and Bothell.

Lakeshore Clinic has been part of EvergreenHealth Partners (EHP) since 2012. A partnership that yielded new referral relationships and strengthened existing ones, while building mutual trust in each organization’s clinical capacity and community commitment.

“Through active participation in our clinically integrated network, EvergreenHealth Partners — the first of its kind in the Puget Sound — our partnership with Lakeshore Clinic has continuously grown stronger over the years,” EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte said in a press release. “We are honored to have the opportunity to welcome Lakeshore’s 19 physicians to EvergreenHealth as more than partners; now, as colleagues uniting our shared interests to provide our patients with the best care at the best value.”

The transition of ownership is underway and set to be completed by January 30, 2017. The current Lakeshore Clinic practices will be renamed EvergreenHealth Primary Care; Lakeshore Totem Lake; and EvergreenHealth Primary Care, Lakeshore Bothell.