March 25, 2002
Residents get a look at Duvall's new medical clinic
by Karen Waddingon
Duvall's new Evergreen Medical Group held its grand opening on March 16.
Although the offices didn't officially open until March 21, people who stopped by were treated to tours by the staff and a slice of cake and coffee.
Dr. Phillip Milam and Dr. Luba Kihichak, who will be the clinic physicians, were on hand to answer questions. By 2 p.m., an estimated 225 people had stopped by for a look around the new offices equipped with seven patient rooms, two procedure rooms, and up-to-date X-ray and lab equipment.
"I like working in smaller communities," said Dr. Milam. "You get to know the patients and families better."
Dr. Kihichak has been in nearby Carnation running the medical clinic there, so she feels right at home in smaller communities.
Once a "city doc" in Seattle, she said she feels more comfortable running a more casual, less stuffy practice.
"What we want to offer is top quality medicine, no different than what you will find in Bellevue for instance," said Dr. Kihichak. "The Carnation Clinic was like family. People felt like they could get someone at anytime and care whenever they needed it. Here we want the same thing, only with more efficient, expanded hours of operation, and access to care."
Ben Lindekugel, director of community relations for Evergreen Healthcare, emphasized that, "One of the things that's important to note is that the community owns this facility. The citizens voted 71.4 percent in favor of the annex. But this is not an isolated facility, patients will also have access to the larger medical network of Evergreen Healthcare."
The clinic will open with two doctors, an office manager, one nurse, two medical receptionists and one medical assistant, but the doctors are already talking about expansion.
"If we need more docs, and more hours, that will be driven by how many people come as patients," explained the doctors. "We will grow as the climate allows. There is already space allocated for a third doctor in anticipation of that growth. We will continue to meet the needs of the community."
The facility will be able to handle everything from neo-natal care to geriatrics, including women's care, pediatrics, urgent care, X-rays, lab work, sutures, biopsies, fractures and splints.
Dr. Milam explained that the clinic will be able to handle everything but OB (obstetrics), which would be referred out. Referrals to specialists would be handled by Evergreen's extensive network of doctors.
"We are interested in total healthcare," said Dr. Kihichak. "We can even handle emotional and psychiatric issues. We want to be flexible in our care and offer total care and treatment of our patients."
She explained that life issues, work and stress are all factors in total care.
Hours of operation will be Monday/Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday/Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The clinic is located in the new Copper Hill Square development at 14720 Main St. N.E., Suite C3.
For more information, call (425) 788-4889.