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Swedish/Mill Creek Emergency Department, Ambulatory Care Center Opens Soon
Date:2/10/2011

MILL CREEK, Wash., Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Health care keeps evolving and the south Snohomish County area is about to get a completely different type of medical facility. Swedish this month opens a new freestanding emergency department (E.D.) and ambulatory care center (ACC) at 13020 Meridian Ave. S., just off Interstate 5. A community open house is planned on Sat., Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the first patients will be treated on Thursday morning, Feb. 17.

Swedish/Mill Creek has 86,000 square feet of space on three above-ground levels and a partial basement. The E.D. – which is open and staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week – features 18 emergency exam rooms and six additional observation beds. It shares the first floor with a complete diagnostic imaging center with X-ray, mammography, ultrasound, CT scan and MRI, which is staffed by partners from Seattle Radiology. A full laboratory and offices for primary- and specialty-care providers are on floors two and three.

"We built in Mill Creek because this area is growing steadily and the need for both emergency and primary care keeps increasing," said Kevin Brown, Swedish senior vice president and chief administrative officer. "And Swedish is rapidly transforming from a downtown Seattle 'hospital' to a community-based health-care system that treats patients where they live and work, instead of having them come to us."

Swedish/Mill Creek is patterned after a highly successful model Swedish developed in Issaquah. Opened in March 2005, it was the first freestanding emergency department in the region and operates at full capacity today. A second facility opened in Redmond in December 2010.

When fully staffed, Mill Creek will employ dozens of registered nurses, medical technicians, radiology technologists, registration assistants, environmental services employees, security personnel, as well as materials management and administrative support staff. Eastside Emerg
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