MAY 5, 1997

 woodinville.com : your home town on the world wide web

Business

UW Physicians opening May 12

photo subject

Dr. Lydia Bartholomew, UW Physicians clinic chief, at the new facility in the Woodinville Towne Center which opens May 12.
Photo by Andrew Walgamott/Northwest News.

UW Physicians The University of Washington Physicians Woodinville Clinic will open on May 12 in the Woodinville Towne Center (in the former Silo space). The new primary care clinic, designed with a curved wood reception center, soft purple and gold walls, and space for nine doctors, will open with three doctors in practice.
   "Our goal is make going to the doctor as easy as possible," said Lydia Bartholomew, M.D., Clinic Chief. "We have extended hours so that parents can bring their child in before school or adults can come to clinic after work." The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
   "I enjoy following along as a family is formed through birth, and then participating as that infant, and that family grows and changes over time," said Bartholomew, who has been practicing and delivering babies in the Seattle area for 18 years. She also speaks fluent Russian and has just returned from a three-week trip to Moscow.
   Ken Schellhase, M.D. and John Trautman, M.D. are the other two doctors at the clinic. All the doctors are board certified and will do Family Practice and Obstetrics as part of their practice.
   A state-of-the-art computer software system provides linkage between all the UW Physicians clinics and a "paperless" medical record system that can be easily transfered quickly for patients visiting any of the sites. New patients will give their information verbally to a patient service representative who will put it directly onto the computer.
   "This system has been tested by the Mayo Clinic and in Portland, but we are the first to offer it in the Puget Sound region," said Dr. Bartholomew. The files will be ultimately linked to the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center for instant access to individual records in case of needed hospital care or trauma.
   A 24-hour nurse line with 24-hour appointment scheduling is available for parents to call at any time to talk to a nurse, get help, and schedule an early appointment for the next day, if one is needed.
   The UW Physicians clinics is a joint effort between the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Centers, University of Washington Physicians, and the UW School of Medicine. Two other clinics are open at Factoria and Harborview Westwood. Twelve more clinics will be built in King County in the next two years. Issaquah is scheduled to open in August.
   The clinic's phone number is 485-4100.