July 29, 2016 -
Clinic Providers and Staff to Become OMP Employees in Late 2016
PORT ANGELES – In a move designed to preserve access to the excellent quality care offered to children by the privately owned Peninsula Children’s Clinic for the past 45 years, the practice is planning to join Olympic Medical Physicians, a division of Olympic Medical Center, in late 2016, pending formal Olympic Medical Center board of commissioner approval on August 3.
The hospital board publicly discussed the employment of the Peninsula Children’s Clinic physicians and advanced practice clinicians at the July 20 commissioners’ meeting. The Peninsula Children’s Clinic mailed letters this week to parents and guardians of patients, to ensure they are aware of the pending change.
"We are pleased to work together with Olympic Medical Physicians to meet the needs of the families in our community, as well as provide the clinic with tools and funds needed to provide electronic health records, improve facilities and meet capital needs, further aid in recruitment and retention of skilled pediatricians and allow those of us who operate in the clinic the ability to focus on our patients,” says Pediatrician Madeleine Harrington, MD.
Clinic providers and staff will become employees of Olympic Medical Physicians at the end of 2016 and will move into an updated OMP facility. They will maintain their current clinic space in the Medical Services Building in Sequim.
"We honor and appreciate the history and mission of the Peninsula Children’s Clinic as the doctors have taken excellent care of the families of the community for more than 45 years,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer, Olympic Medical Center. "We look forward to aiding these providers in continuing the legacy of taking care of our community’s children in the following decades.”
Clients of the Peninsula Children’s Clinic will find the most notable changes to be in the Port Angeles facilities and the in the technologies made available in the clinic – such as the Epic electronic health record. "They will continue to have the same scheduling and clinic hours, will keep their phone number and do what they do best: take care of our kids,” adds Lewis.
About the Peninsula Children’s Clinic
The Peninsula Children’s Clinic has been proud to care for the families of the North Olympic Peninsula since 1970. From newborns to college students, it is a privilege to help keep children healthy and active. Whether for routine care or in times of illness or emergency, the Peninsula Children’s Clinic is available. The Peninsula Children’s Clinic goal is to provide high quality, accessible care for families in a respectful and nurturing environment.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 67-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.