Capitol Hill already has a full medicine cabinet thanks to Pill Hill, but a smaller, more nimble player in health services is joining the area’s growing breadth of care choices. Immediate Clinic will join the healthcare mix on Broadway in the space left empty by the death of Blockbuster.
Immediate Clinic currently operates six locations in the Puget Sound region and is opening its newest space in Bellevue on December 12. Founder and president Mike Dalton tells CHS a Capitol Hill location at 1512 Broadway is planned to open in March and says the group is “ready to roll” now on getting the place prepared.
“The City’s taking an incredibly long time [processing permits],” said Dalton.
When the permits arrive Immediate, the clinic will begin setting up their Broadway location, as well as five to six others in the Seattle area with hopes of opening their on-demand locations in mid-2014, Dalton said. The clinics are also on the hunt for new employees.
“We hire about 12 staff between full time and part time for an opening [of a new Immediate Clinic],” Dalton said.
Immediate Clinic Broadway will offer a lab to do blood testing and x-rays on site as well as a “full service lab” to provide most of the services of a physician as well as antibiotics, STD testing, minor suturing and other procedures that includes allergy testing, said Dalton.
The company describes itself as offering “state-of-the-art walk-in clinics” offering “daily access to healthcare for minor injuries and illnesses, including X-ray and lab services, all from convenient neighborhood locations and with no appointment.”
Dalton said Capitol Hill’s growing worker base and financial demographics brought Immediate Clinic to the neighborhood.
“A lot has to do with the demographics… the population that works there,” said Dalton of wanting to open a location on Broadway. The “on-demand” healthcare its offers is attractive to the young tech-workers in the area, he adds.
Immediate Clinic isn’t the first to bring walk-in clinics to the Hill.
Up Broadway, Zoomcare, opened in 2011 and offers similar services in the growing “minute clinic” industry.
Meanwhile, bigger names are also moving into the business space. Group Health and Bartell Drugs are partnering on walk-in clinic operations in Ballard, Bellevue and the U-District, according to a December 3 announcement, presenting several options for the thrifty healthcare seeker.
Immediate Clinic’s new home will neighbor Mud Bay pet supplies and comes on a street experiencing a retail transition from its relatively funky past. An OfficeMax, for example, is nearing its debut just north of John. Broadway’s healthcare options will also soon include a new project from the 8 to 8 Dental Group.