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  • Celebrate Covington's first Emergency Department at open house

    Covington’s first Emergency Department will open to patients at 7 a.m. April 3, but you can get a sneak peek during a community celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31.

    The new 24,000 square-foot MultiCare Covington Emergency Department, on the MultiCare medical campus at 17700 S.E. 272nd St., will be open 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

    The open house this month will feature self-guided tours of the MultiCare Covington Emergency Department, as well as music, entertainment and family-friendly activities. Highlights include the Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drum Line, a juggler, a magician, face painting, a fire truck, a bouncy house, a Zumba demonstration from Auburn Valley YMCA, and musical entertainment provided by the Tahoma Jazz Band and Tahoma Marching Band.

    “Having an Emergency Department in Covington will greatly improve the service and care for residents of southeast King County,” said Hugh Kodama, Administrator for MultiCare Covington Medical Center. “We can take care of many of their needs right in our community, and patients will be connected to MultiCare’s network of specialists in King and Pierce counties.”

    The MultiCare Covington Emergency Department was designed to meet the health care needs of our growing community and includes the full complement of emergency medical services for adults and children. The facility’s 19 treatment rooms include four rooms specialized for children.

    “We call the lobby our ‘no-wait’ waiting room,” said Kathleen Clary, RN, Director of the MultiCare Covington Emergency Department. “At MultiCare, we understand that when you come to an Emergency Department, you want to be seen right away. That’s why we have created work processes that strive to get the patient straight back to a treatment room and with a doctor as soon as possible.”

    Features in the new Emergency Department include:

    • Total of 19 treatment rooms, four of which are specialized for children, with a separate child-friendly waiting area.

    • Advanced imaging services within the Emergency Department, including digital X-ray, CT and ultrasound, which will allow for faster diagnostic procedures.

    • Ambulance bay large enough to handle four ambulances at a time.

    • Ambiance of the building is warm and soothing, with a modern Northwest theme and plenty of natural light.

    The existing urgent care at MultiCare Covington Clinic will remain. MultiCare currently sees about 30,000 patients each year at the Urgent Care. The new Emergency Department will be added to the services offered at the existing clinic. Having both an Urgent Care and an Emergency Department will enable the new medical center to care for all patients in the most efficient and appropriate settings.

    The completion of the new Emergency Department represents the first phase of a long-term plan to continue to offer more health care services in Covington. The planning and design phase is under way for a 58-bed hospital that will include the community’s first childbirth center, expanded pediatric services, more surgical services and a women’s and children’s health center.

    MultiCare Health System’s history in the area dates to 1993, before Covington was incorporated as a city. At that time, MultiCare was the first major health system to locate in Covington with a clinic. Over the past 19 years, MultiCare has continued to invest in new services and technology in Covington, including oncology services, a sleep center, and advanced diagnostics to meet the needs of South King County’s growing population.

    The MultiCare Covington Emergency Department will augment the MultiCare network of primary and specialty care clinics in Covington, Maple Valley, Kent and Auburn, as well as Tacoma General Hospital, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center and Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma, and Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.

    Because the new Emergency Department is part of MultiCare Health System, it will be linked to MultiCare’s four South Sound hospitals and dozens of clinics by our system-wide electronic health records. That means wherever you’re treated within the MultiCare system, your caregivers will have instant access to your electronic health record, including your health history and such vital information as your allergies or any prescription medications you may be taking.

    The Tacoma-based, not-for-profit MultiCare Health System is the area’s largest provider of health care services, serving patients at more than 100 sites of care in Pierce, South King, Kitsap and Thurston counties. The health system traces its heritage to the founding of Tacoma’s first hospital in 1882.

    Posted on Mar 29, 2012 in Covington