Evergreen Public Hospital Commissioners at the April 28th Evergreen Redmond Medical Plaza groundbreaking
UPDATED, 5/8: Evergreen Hospital's Media Coordinator, Sherry Grindeland, announced in an April 29th press release: "Evergreen Hospital Medical Center Breaks Ground for Evergreen Redmond Medical Plaza at Bella Bottega." Yes, that's right! It's a Plaza. The location is at 8960 - 161 Avenue Northeast. The Plaza will be four stories tall and open for business in about a year.
"Evergreen Medical Plaza" will house a 16-room Emergency Department (ED) staffed by 75 ER physicians, trauma-trained nurses, social workers and support staff. It will be open 24/7, with ambulance service.
Two Redmond-based Evergreen Primary Care practices will be merged and integrated into the Plaza. More than 50 employees will staff the primary care center. Thirty-six primary care exam rooms will house the primary care department. Total Plaza staff is more than 125.
At the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday morning, April 28, a Commissioner stated the Plaza is "like a mini-hospital". John Midtling, Medical Director for the Plaza Primary Care called it "a state of the art ambulatory care facility." There will be no in-patient beds. Comprehensive laboratory services, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, X-ray will be available. The plaza medical director was especially pleased to provide the District community better access to "Specialty Care" services.
Parking: Approximately 35 parking spaces within the building are reserved for patients. In earlier April email, Ms. Grindeland wrote, "the owners and managers of the shopping center have designated parking areas for employees which include an area behind QFC and a row of stalls between the movie theater and the mall stores." But, during the April 28 groundbreaking, two Evergreen executives pointed to the fenced staging area between he Plaza and Coho restaurant as a likely parking location.
Evergreen Healthcare originally announced availability of underground parking for patients. But, this week, staff confirmed patient parking will not be underground. Rather, patients will park at ground level in the first story. Emergency vehicles will access the Plaza from the patient parking level.
According to two City of Redmond planners, the project file, and Mayor Marchione, the medical facility was approved by the Design Review Board and Technical Committee originally for three stories but was later redesigned and approved (February) for four stories above grade. The top two stories (30 feet) of brick and signage will be visible from the adjacent roads (Red-Wood & NE 90th Street). This is one of three gateways to downtown Redmond.
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Redmond Councilmembers John Stilin, Pat Vache', and Richard Cole attended the groundbreaking ceremony. The Mayor was not present.
By Bob Yoder
Photos by Yoder