New clinic in Arlington will aid uninsured in north county

ARLINGTON — A new nonprofit clinic is opening today that will serve any patient but is intended for the thousands of uninsured children and adults in north Snohomish County who don’t have access to regular medical care.

The 10,458-square-foot clinic, next to Cascade Valley Hospital, is the newest branch of the Community Health Center of Snohomish County. It’s expected to serve patients in a geographic area stretching from Darrington to Stanwood.

Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert toured the building on Friday during an open house. The Community Health Center is leasing the building from the hospital and spent about $2.4 million on remodeling and outfitting the clinic.

“I have been in that building before,” Tolbert said. “I couldn’t believe it was the same building. The remodeling is absolutely beautiful.”

Medical offices are housed on the upper floor, and dental offices, which will serve children and adults who need urgent care, are downstairs.

“They already have 51 patients booked for dental appointments,” she said.

Initially, the new clinic is expected to care for 150 medical patients and 200 people needing dental care each month. The dental clinic primarily serves children, but also provides urgent care for adults.

The clinic is expected to provide medical care to 2,400 patients in its first year.

Counseling services for adults are expected to be added later this month.

And a pharmacy to serve the clinic’s patients is scheduled to open in January.

Tolbert said that an estimated 20 percent of people living in the Arlington area have household incomes below the federal poverty level, which for a family of four is $23,550.

Until now, the closest nonprofit clinic has been Sea Mar’s Marysville office, which offers services on a sliding-fee scale. Volunteers staff Safe Harbor Free Clinic in Stanwood, offering medical services on Friday evenings.

The new Arlington clinic also provides services on a sliding-fee scale, but won’t turn anyone away because of a lack of insurance.

“Having aging parents in the community as well as a lot of my mom’s friends all need to have close, affordable, primary health care,” Tolbert said. “I was very excited about it coming to town. It’s such a welcome addition to our community.”

Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or salyer@heraldnet.com

Clinic hours

The Community Health Center of Snohomish County has opened a clinic at 326 Stillaguamish Ave. in Arlington to provide medical and dental services.

The medical clinic’s hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Call 360-572-5400 for appointments.

The dental offices will be open 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 360-572-5430 for appointments.

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