SMOKEY POINT — The Everett Clinic’s new 60,000-square-foot facility at Smokey Point drew crowds on Saturday, Aug. 25, to check out its architecture and amenities, as well as to meet with many of its staff members as they guided groups through tours of the two-story building.
Kathy Schram, a nurse at the walk-in clinic, expressed pride in the services that she and her coworkers will have to offer starting Tuesday, Sept. 4.
“It’s a one-stop shop here,” Schram said of the treatment rooms. “You don’t have to leave this room for anything except for X-rays, which are right next door. When you check in, you can even get your documents printed out right in the patient rooms.”
The walk-in clinic’s treatment rooms feature glass doors that connect directly to the nurses’ station, so that those patients can be monitored as closely as possible. At the same time, patients have access to their own assigned lockers so that they can change in and out of their clothes without having to walk long distances in dressing gowns.
Schram and Dr. Jared Anderson, the sports medicine and family practice doctor on site, agreed that one of the Smokey Point clinic’s most convenient features is its grouping of related treatment areas within the building.
“A lot of research was done on the room process and how it could decrease wait-times for patients,” said Anderson, who moved to the Everett area from Ohio near the start of the year. “From start to finish, it’s streamlined and centralizes the collaborative specialties. Say that a patient wants to talk to orthopedics or discuss a musculoskeletal injury after coming to see me. Well, they’re all right there.”
“Orthopedics and sports medicine are in the same pod, with the casting room right across the hall,” Schram said. “At the same time, physical therapy has its own examination room, and the X-ray machine on the second floor is portable, so that it can go into the rooms of the patients that can’t leave their treatment rooms.”
In addition to placing physical therapy in close proximity to Anderson’s fields, Schram explained that each “pod” of like fields has been assigned its own number and soothing color, with separate hallways between them for patients and staff, so that neither feel crowded by the other.
“All the lighting is energy-efficient, and there are security cameras in all the pod areas to see the patients,” said Schram, who also touted the Smokey Point clinic’s 24/7 security staff presence. “It’s designed to feel more modern and less like a doctor’s office.”
While pods specializing in areas such as cardiovascular include their own alcoves for blood draws and lab work, all of the computer systems within the Smokey Point clinic can bring up the X-rays and other records of any patient.
“We’ve even got an opthamologist that does eye exams on site, plus a Starbucks kiosk where you can swipe your card,” Schram said.
While several groups of visitors paraded through the building on guided tours, a number of others were already setting up patient appointments at the new Everett Clinic facility. Arlington’s Don Dubis laughed with receptionist Angie Sage as he explored the possibility of moving his appointments to the Smokey Point clinic, while Marysville’s Kelly Marshall entered information into the keypad of the clinic’s self-service kiosk.
“The Everett Clinic in Smokey Point is about treating the whole you,” Anderson said. “We have all sorts of specialists under one roof, and we’ll dig deep to find the underlying causes of your aches and pains. For sports medicine, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to come see me, just someone who’s looking to get active and enjoy all the outdoor fun that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. I’m looking forward to getting involved with the high schools and helping kids to get healthy as well.”
The Everett Clinic in Smokey Point is located at 2901 174th St. NE in Marysville, near the northwest intersection of I-5 and 172nd Street at the Smokey Point interchange, just north of the Costco shopping center. Starting Sept. 4, its walk-in clinic will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., without any appointments necessary. New or current patients of other Everett Clinic facilities who wish to schedule appointments for the Smokey Point clinic’s other services may do so by calling 360-454-1900. For more information, log onto www.everettclinic.com.