Larger. More convenient. Access to more specialties. That’s UW Medicine’s new Eastside Specialty Center (ESC). “Patients are really going to enjoy the experience in our new clinic,” says Eugene Yang, M.D., UW clinical associate professor of medicine. Yang is a cardiologist and the ESC’s medical director.
In February, the ESC moved to its new, 33,000-square-foot home in the Bellevue, Wash., area. Patients can now visit approximately 40 experts in cardiology, orthopaedics, digestive health and other specialties — 15 areas in all — in addition to having access to comprehensive radiology services and outpatient endoscopy. It’s a big step forward for the center, formerly housed in a space less than one-third the size and offering roughly half the scope of services.
The center’s expansion is a response to the need for medical access on the Eastside. “We were receiving a lot of feedback from UW Neighborhood Clinics,” says Yang. “People really wanted to stay within the UW Medicine system, but it was inconvenient…to come to Seattle for specialty care.”
Yang notes that the ESC can now handle some minor outpatient surgeries, including treatments that previously would have been referred to sites in Seattle. It’s the first location on the Eastside to use low-dose CT scanners, reducing patients’ exposure to radiation during imaging procedures. And in addition to superb care, patients will receive the high level of customer service they’ve come to expect from a major health provider.
“The center is going to be a jewel for UW Medicine,” says Yang.