Collaborations Proceeding for Upper County Medical Resources

October 17, 2017
Cle Elum, Wash. (October 17, 2017) – Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 2, Kittitas Valley Healthcare, and Swedish Health Services have agreed to location changes that will allow for greater collaboration between upper county medical resources and an expansion of services to the community.
 
Kittitas Valley Healthcare will relocate KVH Urgent Care – Cle Elum into the building on 1st Street that currently houses Swedish Cle Elum Primary Care.  Swedish Health Services will move into the current KVH Urgent Care – Cle Elum space at 201 Alpha Way, which is owned by Hospital District 2 and leased by Kittitas Valley Healthcare. 
 
The building on 1st Street will provide a location that is better suited for an urgent care facility than the existing location.  KVH Urgent Care – Cle Elum will maintain its current hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily, and increase staffing levels.
 
Swedish will discontinue primary care services at its current location on November 22.
 
“It’s been our privilege to provide primary care to Kittitas County for the past six years,” said Jim Cunningham, Administrative Director of Primary Care for Swedish. “We’re now looking forward to bringing new specialty services to the community in 2018.”
 
The sequence of moves will allow urgent care to provide uninterrupted service to the community.  Kittitas Valley Healthcare will move the urgent care service to the 1st Street location in January 2018.  Swedish plans to begin offering specialty care and telehealth services in the Alpha Way location as of February 2018.
 
“We are pleased that the entire medical community is working together to ensure that patients have access to the best care,” said Floyd Rogalski, President of the Board of Commissioners for Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 2.  “We appreciate the diligence and dedication of all parties who have worked to arrange this collaboration.”