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Multicare Maple Valley clinic holds open house Sept. 6 | Slideshow
Staff of the MultiCare Maple Valley clinic got a glimpse of their new professional home when it was unveiled to the community at an open house Sept. 6.
With more than 10,000 square feet of space, the clinic will have room for more medical providers and staff, and is considerably larger than the 3,000-square-foot space the practice has occupied in Four Corner Square in recent years.
Originally this practice was located on Kent's East Hill and moved into Maple Valley in 2007.
Following the ribbon cutting, Karen Graham, director of operations in South King County for MultiCare, said it had been quite a journey to get to the opening of the new clinic in Maple Valley Town Square in Four Corners.
"This has been a five-year endeavor for us," Graham said. "This has been very exciting for us."Graham said it was important for the staff that the design of the clinic, inside and out, was natural, welcoming for all members of the community while fitting in with the city's aesthetic.
David Cline, a doctor who has practiced in this clinic for more than decade, said the larger space will allow the physicians and nurse practitioners who work there to do more as well as better serve the community.
Cline noted that because he is so booked up due to demand, clinic staff have encouraged patients to go to urgent care facilities in order to see a doctor even if they don't want or need to."The main thing we wanted to do was make it family friendly," said Hugh Kodama, administrator of MultiCare facilities in South King County. "This is a growing area, we need providers, especially pediatrics."
There will be room for six providers, while the old clinic had three, along with 14 other staff.
Physicians won't have offices, Kodama said, instead they will work at desks in large cubicles separated by glass walls in the center of the clinic under skylights while the nurse's stations will have direct line of site into the exam rooms they will be responsible for.
Hours at the clinic will be longer.
Monday through Friday hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with that eventually extended to 7 p.m., as well as 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Expanded services of Mary Bridge Pediatrics will also be offered at the clinic.For more information log on to www.multicare.org.