PacMed Brings Its Proven Model of Quality Care to Lakewood

PacMed provides greater health care choice with its new Lakewood clinic

Seattle, May 16, 2016 - Pacific Medical Centers, a private, not-for-profit, multi-specialty health care network known for its tradition of finding innovative ways to deliver high quality, evidence-based care across the Puget Sound region, has expanded into the Lakewood community with a new clinic, which is now open.

“We are pleased to join the Lakewood community and to be a new health care provider in the area,” said PacMed CEO Linda Marzano. “We believe the residents of Lakewood will find value in our proven low-cost, high quality care model, which creates positive outcomes for patients and helps them to live their healthiest lives.”

“PacMed offers a patient-centric approach to care that encourages collaboration between patients and providers, as well as within our care teams,” said Dr. Rick Ludwig, Medical Director, US Family Health Plan. “We find that collaboration, a focus on prevention and the thoughtful coordination of care during each patient visit all lead to a better, more personalized experience for our patients. We look forward to bringing this approach to health care to the Lakewood community.”

In addition to better serving the general community, the Lakewood clinic also provides greater access to health care for military families located at nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord. PacMed is the only West Coast provider of US Family Health Plan (USFHP) and has been serving the local military community for more than 30 years. USFHP provides the region’s active duty family members and retired military personnel with a civilian option to health care at no added cost, improving both access to health care and the overall quality experience.

“The Lakewood clinic will bring the local active duty families and retired military population better access to high quality, low-cost care and give them more choice in their care,” said John Ellis, Manager of Marketing Enrollment and Member Services for PacMed. “Military life is challenging, and families shouldn’t have to worry about accessing health care.”

Construction on the Lakewood clinic began in December 2015 and today occupies 7,500 square feet at 7424 Bridgeport Way W. The clinic includes two family medicine physicians, one part-time Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), two psychotherapists and includes physical therapy services on site. The Lakewood clinic also offers same-day primary care appointments for patients. As volume grows at the clinic, PacMed plans to recruit one additional family medicine physician, another ARNP and two more psychotherapists by 2020.

An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held 5:00-7:00 p.m. on June 22 at the Lakewood clinic to enable Pierce County residents to meet the providers and learn more about the services PacMed offers. Visitors will enjoy refreshments, tours of the facility and entertainment. Also in attendance will be members of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and local police and fire departments.

In addition to opening a Lacey clinic later in 2016, PacMed also plans to open another Eastside location and a Kent-area location in 2017 or 2018 to better serve communities around Puget Sound.