Hundreds Gather for Medical Park Dedication
April 16, 2014
“This facility is not merely a new building, but a new model for health care.”
That’s what Providence Health Care’s Chief Executive Elaine Couture (pictured below) told the 200 guests gathered for the dedication of the Providence Medical Park in Spokane Valley on April 16.
“Providence is very committed to providing quality medical services in the most cost-effective way, and an outpatient facility like this helps us achieve that goal,” she explained.
Design of the Medical Park began a short 22 months ago, followed by the fastest pace the Providence and Bouten Construction teams have seen with any building project to date. That was possible in large part by the eager assistance of the City of Spokane Valley’s Planning Department and City Council. Mayor Dean Grafos shared his team’s enthusiasm for Providence’s expansion of quality medical care for residents of the Valley and other neighboring communities.
Kirk Rowbotham, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Providence Medical Group (Spokane’s largest multi-specialty medical group, said the Providence Medical Park is a vital part of a vision to offer the patients of this region a truly connected health care experience.
“Our vision is that individuals can have the services they need in one convenient location and know that as they move from, perhaps an Urgent Care experience to primary care and even a specialist, that their health information and test results are shared among those providers for the best coordination of care. This Medical Park is the first facility of its kind to put so many services together for patient convenience. And if a patient needs to see a provider in another clinic location, or even at a local Providence hospital, our centralized medical record still ensures that the information collected at one spot is available to the doctor at the next facility. This is key to improving the efficiency of our providers, and most importantly, the experience of our patients.”
Team members recognized for their day-and-night work on the design and building of the Medical Park included the following:
- Kathy Tarcon, PMG chief operating officer
- Siobhan Danahey, PMG project manager
- Mike Kelly, Facilities director
- Bill Bouten & Buzz Heston, Bouten Construction
April 16 was chosen for the Blessing of the Providence Medical Park because it is the birthday of Mother Joseph. She was the Sister of Providence who came to the West Coast to build orphanages and hospitals in the 1850s and arrived in Spokane in 1886 to build our region’s first hospital.
The Blessing ceremony opened with a reading by Providence Sponsor Barb Savage about the history of the Spokane Valley area, which continues to be chosen today by residents who prefer more wide open spaces than the city. You can read the history here, which was written by Becky Nappi, Mission director (and former writer for the Spokesman-Review).
Ann Hurst, Chief Mission Integration Officer, read scripture, then Bishop Blase Cupich offered a prayer and blessed our Mission and crucifix, dedicating this facility and services to the work of God.
Opening April 28
When Providence Medical Park opens for patient care on April 28, services available include:
- family medicine and internal medicine clinic;
- Urgent Care (open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily);
- Lab and Pharmacy; and
- Inland Imaging (X-ray, CT and MRI).
- Thomas Hammer Coffee bar
- Conference rooms for health seminars and events
- Employee Art Exhibit
- Labyrinth – outdoor stone pathway for walking meditation/prayer
- Chapel of Providence and Place of Peace rooms for reflection
- Heritage Wall—a pictorial history of Providence Health Care ministries in Spokane and Stevens County, started by the Dominican Sisters and Sisters of Providence.
- Medical specialties including neurology, cardiology, rheumatology, orthopedics, adult gastroenterology and infusion services.
- Surgery & Procedure Center (later this year) with additional surgical specialties.