Skagit Regional Health celebrates completion of the Mount Vernon Surgery Center
Skagit Regional Health celebrated the opening of their newest facility, Skagit Regional Health – Mount Vernon Surgery Center, with a community open house on Saturday, December 2 and a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, November 30.
Members of the Public Hospital District #1 Board of Commissioners, the Skagit Regional Health Executive Leadership Team, Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau, project team members and local leaders gathered for the November 30 ribbon cutting ceremony and offered their support and excitement for the new building.
“This has truly been a process of partnership and collaboration,” said Chief Executive Officer Brian Ivie. “To get to this point after what we have faced over the last several years as an industry, a community and a world is frankly nothing short of remarkable. It’s what makes Skagit Regional Health such a special organization.”
Mayor Jill Boudreau commented on Skagit Regional Health’s investment in the community. “Improved access to care is crucial,” she said. “I’m proud that Skagit Regional Health contributes to the vital needs of health and safety in our community.”
The patient-focused facility offers a convenient location, easy access, a patient pick-up area and ample parking. The new space will house an outpatient surgery center as well as the following outpatient specialty clinics: Audiology; Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT); Foot & Ankle; Gastroenterology; Interventional Pain Medicine; Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Spine Surgery.
“This facility represents a milestone of the hospital’s commitment to cutting edge, quality care,” said Dr. S. Suresh Alagugurusamy, Skagit Regional Health gastroenterology provider. “I believe the mission of this center is not only to diagnose and treat, but also to enhance the overall patient experience.”
The latest technology has been incorporated into the facility. A visible-light continuous environmental disinfection system will be utilized in the operating rooms, shown to eliminate a wide range of bacteria. In addition, the operating rooms are fully integrated with 4K imaging, an innovative system that is user friendly, interconnected and features high-quality image clarity, data integration and dynamic patient engagement applications to improve quality of care.
The project broke ground on June 30, 2022 and was completed on time and on budget.
“Darrin Gillis and Michelle Gjersee heralded the task of making the design choices for this beautiful building,” said Craig Cammock of Optimum Properties. “It was a phenomenal job by all involved.”
The outpatient surgery center occupies the first floor of the three-story facility. Audiology; Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT); and Gastroenterology will relocate from their current clinic spaces in Mount Vernon to the new facility and will join an additional Diagnostic Imaging location for Skagit Regional Health on the second floor. Foot & Ankle, Interventional Pain Medicine, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Spine Surgery clinics will relocate from their various locations in Mount Vernon to the 3rd floor of the Mount Vernon Surgery Center.
“With this new facility we anticipate providing decades of unparalleled, high quality care to our community,” said Dr. Christopher Sheu, Skagit Regional Health orthopedics and sports medicine provider. “Today, we opened a new chapter in healthcare excellence.”
Those who visited the public open house on Saturday, December 2 had the opportunity to tour the new facility and browse a health fair to learn more about Skagit Regional Health specialties and services, as well as build their own emergency kit. An estimated 700 people visited during this event.
The new 60,000-square-foot building is located at 211 S. 13th Street in Mount Vernon, just northwest of Skagit Valley Hospital and opens to patients on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.