SEQUIM — A joint effort by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and Olympic Medical Center to open a new clinic in mid-April is expected to alleviate a potential shortage of physicians after Virginia Mason closes its Sequim operation at the end of March.
The medical center, according to Administrator Mike Glenn, helped the tribe accelerate the July 1 start date of its clinic, which has been in the planning stage for several months.
“We’ll use the infrastructure they have in place while they prepare to provide ongoing care,” Glenn said.
Medical center officials originally planned to operate a walk-in, urgent care clinic between the time Virginia Mason closes and the opening of the tribal clinic before deciding on the joint venture.
“This (opening an interim clinic) was a priority for us,” Glenn said.
The clinic will be located in the Sequim Medical Plaza, 777 N. Fifth Ave.
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