Providence Health Care, parent of Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, and Providence Medical Group -- Eastern Washington, has broken ground for a new outpatient facility in Spokane Valley.
The complex – not a traditional hospital – will be located off Interstate 90 east of Sullivan and Indiana. The $44 million, 11-acre property on the north side of the freeway will house two connected buildings: one for physician offices and another for diagnostic and treatment services.
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“We are very excited to be expanding Providence services into Spokane Valley to provide quality, compassionate care to more residents of this growing area,” said Michael Wilson, chief executive of Providence Health Care. “It is an extension of our vision to make Providence services more convenient, accessible and affordable for residents of Spokane Valley -- ensuring patients have access to the right level of care in the right settings.”
Providence Medical Park-Spokane Valley will include a two-story facility featuring convenient access to urgent care, a wide array of imaging services, and an outpatient surgery center. The adjacent three-story building holds offices for primary care and specialty physician services such as oncology and cardiology. An on-site pharmacy and lab complete the setting, where patients will receive a “one-stop” approach to meeting their health care needs.
“This is the direction health care is moving,” Wilson said. “Whereas the hospital has been the center of the medical system in the past, comprehensive outpatient centers are the way of the future, focusing on convenience and affordability.”
Wilson says the outpatient facility helps to decrease costs. Patients are able to see a primary care physician, have diagnostic tests, pick up a prescription, and connect with a specialist if necessary, in the same day, reducing the number of visits.
Also, surgeries in an ambulatory (outpatient) facility cost much less than the same surgeries performed within the setting of an acute (inpatient) care hospital, Wilson said.
Care at Providence Medical Park will also feature greater coordination between caregivers. Within Providence Medical Group -- now Spokane’s largest group of primary care and specialty physicians -- doctors focus on working together to streamline the patient experience.
“The connectedness of our physicians and services offers improved communication and diagnoses, helping patients achieve better outcomes,” Wilson said.
Providence Medical Park – Spokane Valley, located at 16528 E. Desmet Court, is expected to be open for business in the spring of 2014. Throughout the construction process, approximately 300-400 local workers will be employed, earning a collective income of $17.5 million. The total economic impact for the community is expected to be $87.5 million.
For more information, visit www.phc.org or call 474-3081.