PeaceHealth announces plans to open a medical clinic in Lynden to serve North Whatcom County

February 20, 2019

Bellingham, WA, – PeaceHealth announced today plans to build a new medical clinic in Lynden, WA.  Although a specific site has not yet been identified, it’s estimated that the clinic will open in 2021 in a convenient location.

“We have long identified the need to enhance healthcare service to the communities in North Whatcom County,” said Michael Metcalf, chief executive, PeaceHealth Medical Group. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the interest and collaboration of the City of Lynden in helping us develop a strong presence to meet the healthcare needs of Lynden, Sumas, Everson, and Nooksack area residents now and into the future,” continued Metcalf.

The new clinic will initially house primary care clinicians and offer both traditional and same-day care. PeaceHealth is also planning to relocate its existing Lynden-based orthopedic clinic to the new site on opening.  Additional specialty care services such as cardiology, OB-GYN, and pediatrics, and ancillary services such as imaging and laboratory services will be added as local demand dictates.

Lynden Mayor, Scott Korthuis, remarked that “we are excited and grateful to welcome PeaceHealth into our community.” Korthuis continued, “Lynden residents will benefit greatly from accessibility to critical medical services as will our neighbors in Sumas, Everson and Nooksack.  We look forward to working with PeaceHealth to assist and expedite their expansion and investment in our community.”

PeaceHealth is in the process of exploring several properties in the Lynden area that are close to retail services, schools, homes and long-term skilled nursing facilities.  Easy access to public transportation and adequate space for parking are also key considerations.  PeaceHealth estimates its service needs will require a land parcel of approximately five acres, adequate to support a 20,000 square foot building. 

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About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission.

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