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Expanded clinic hours - We heard you!

Jun 17, 2019, 14:45 PM
Family Medicine at Skagit Regional HealthLet’s face it – we’re all busy and finding a convenient time to visit the doctor can be a challenge. We have heard from patients that they would like to have the ability to seek care earlier in the morning and later in the evening. In response, several Skagit Regional Heath primary care and specialty departments have expanded hours.
 
Significant emphasis has been placed on increasing clinical hours at Skagit Regional Health’s primary care offices.
 
Family Medicine locations in Stanwood and Camano Island added later evening hours last summer and Arlington Family Medicine recently followed their lead, now keeping their doors open later two evenings per week.
 
“We’ve seen tremendous and very positive response to the extended hours in our Arlington, Stanwood and Camano Island clinics,” said Family Medicine physician David Escobar, DO. “Patients love being able to come to the clinic after work, or schedule their kids’ appointments after school or sports practice. In fact, we have added an extra Family Medicine provider in Stanwood on our extended-hour evenings. We are so happy to be able to provide these extended hours; it is one further step forward in earning our community’s trust to be the Arlington and Stanwood – Camano communities’ choice for a medical home.” 
 
Clinical departments in Skagit Regional Health’s northern area also offer patients a wider window in which to seek care. Family Medicine offices in Mount Vernon offer a variety of early morning and evening appointment options. Skagit Regional Clinics’ Pediatrics office at the Riverbend location in Mount Vernon is open extended hours during the week, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
“We continually look for ways to improve the service and care that we provide. Offering extended hours, either by opening clinics earlier in the morning or staying open later, gives our patients more flexibility when receiving care,” said Sara Hebel, Administrator of Clinic Operations for Skagit Regional Health. “We know it can be difficult to balance all of the activities that are a part of daily life. Offering additional hours for appointments makes it easier for patients to get the care they need in a timely way, with less impact on daily life.” 
 
Skagit Regional Health offers extended hours in several specialty clinics and in all three Urgent Care locations. Urgent Care providers treat non-life threatening illnesses and injuries without an appointment seven days a week. All Urgent Care locations, Mount Vernon, Riverbend and Smokey Point, are open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 7: 30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. 
 
For more information about Skagit Regional Health’s clinic locations and hours visit the locations section of our website

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