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MultiCare moves closer to hospital in Covington
MultiCare Health System filed plans last week with the Washington State Department of Health to build a 58-bed hospital in Covington and also will add a 24-hour Emergency Department adjacent to the existing Covington MultiCare Clinic.
The new hospital will expand the services available to the community and provide better access to care for residents in South King County. New services will include a Women’s and Children’s Center, Childbirth Services and expanded Surgical Services including the installation of robotic-assisted surgeries. Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital physicians and services also will expand into the new clinic. The estimated cost of the project will be $174 million.
“This is a natural progression for us. MultiCare is committed to continuing to bring new health care options to this area. And this new facility will provide cutting edge health care to our neighbors in their own community,” said Hugh Kodama, Administrator of the Covington MultiCare Clinic. “This expansion will better connect the community to MultiCare’s network of specialists and diagnostic services.”
MultiCare has been serving Covington for nearly two decades. The expanded medical center is the next step in giving the growing communities in South King County access to more comprehensive health care services.
MultiCare filed a Certificate of Need with the Department of Health detailing plans to expand services in South King County. Successful approval from the Department of Health will ensure that patients have access to advanced technology, a secure and fully integrated electronic health record system, and highly specialized adult and pediatric inpatient care. The new hospital beds would allow for minimally invasive surgical services in orthopedics, general surgery, urology and other areas.
The medical center will expand over the next five years:
- The 24-hour Emergency Department will open by the end of 2011.
- The first phase of the new hospital will bring 34 beds that includes Pediatric, Childbirth and Surgical services. It is scheduled to open by 2014.
- The second phase of the new hospital will bring an additional 24 beds and is scheduled to open by the end of 2015.
The Covington clinic currently includes Primary Care, Specialists, Urgent Care, Day Surgery, a Heart Center and other health care services. Covington MultiCare serves 30,000 patients a year at the Urgent Care clinic.
Posted on Dec 28, 2009 in