ANACORTES, WASH., – Two months into the re-opening of the PeaceHealth Medical Group Cardiology Clinic, Leah Bosman, clinic manager, is tracking final details related to the move as staff adjust to their new environment. “We’re still waiting for our new signage,” Bosman said, “and we have a few other minor details to settle, but we are thrilled to finally be seeing patients in our new location.” The clinic – one of four serving Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan counties – recently transitioned into larger space at 1017 20th Street in Anacortes, Washington.
After nearly 10 years in its former location on 29th street, the PeaceHealth Cardiology Clinic could no longer meet patient or clinician needs in the small and cramped 938 square foot office space. The new location, more than four times the size of their former space, offers 3960 square feet with room to support a more comfortable experience providing better access, expanded days and service hours, decreased wait times and additional staff to serve patients.
Something as simple as direct patient scheduling, which Bosman shared was previously done through the main cardiology clinic in Bellingham, can now be facilitated locally in the office. “More space allowed us to increase staffing, and now we can schedule appointments with a patient’s cardiologist, including follow-up appointments, directly at the clinic.” Bosman shared. For patients, that means they will no longer have to call from home to speak with a scheduler at the Bellingham office to arrange a visit.
Other improvements include the clinic’s ability to offer more diagnostic echocardiograms. This simple test can be performed more frequently in the office decreasing a patient’s wait time and offering peace of mind for those who have more immediate concerns. The practice will continue to offer general heart care including disease prevention, diagnosis and management along with access to advanced heart care and treatments offered through PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Wash.
“The expansion and move took more than one year to complete,” says Bosman, “but we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. Our patients mean everything to us and this new space allows our cardiologists and clinic staff to provide them and the outlying communities with a better overall experience.”
To schedule an appointment with PeaceHealth Medical Group Cardiology in Anacortes, please call 888-739-2700. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To learn more, visit www.peacehealth.org/st-joseph/cardiology.
About PeaceHealth: Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center provides quality care for northwest Washington with its full-service 253-bed hospital and PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics. Key services in Bellingham include comprehensive cardiology, oncology, orthopedic and rehabilitation services, and a joint venture outpatient imaging service. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.