With the flood of new restaurants and bars opening on the Hill, the continued exodus for existing food+drink entities from other parts of the city to our neighborhood, and some retailers giving up on the neighborhood completely, here is news of a new business coming to Broadway that won’t involve ice cream or noodles or pie or whiskey. Unless you eat way too much or have a little too much to drink and bump your head. Ouchy. CHS has learned that Hilsboro, Oregon-based ZoomCare is preparing to make the great leap north and open its first Washington-state location in the Joule building.
The move will mark the second Oregon-based entity to call the Joule home. Umpqua Bank, another business that has grown in the neighborhoods and suburbs of Portland, also opened in the Joule.
ZoomCare is part of a new wave of “on demand” urgent care providers. With seven clinics already in the Portland area and an eighth about to open, the Broadway clinic will be part of a continued expansion of the business the Portland Monthly called “a bit Starbucksian”:
The Hillsboro-based company was founded in 2006 by David Sanders and Albert DiPiero, midwestern doctors who were University of Michigan roommates in the ’80s. Together they launched two earlier health care technology companies. But their true innovation may be their brick-and-mortar operation.
ZoomCare does not release financial information. But in five years, Sanders and DiPiero have opened seven sleek clinics across the Portland area, with an aesthetic that leans more Apple Store than doctor’s waiting room. A North Mississippi Avenue location will open this summer, and a Seattle expansion is in the works. The good doctors/entrepreneurs now employ more than 80 people—including about 30 docs and RNs.
More Apple Store or not, clinics like ZoomCare are filling the gap left by the sagging system of health care for younger people, often uninsured and healthy enough that a visit to the doctor is only one more sign that age 30 (40?) approaches far in the distance. A check of the ZoomCare services page shows a pricing structure that starts at $99 for self-pay (uninsured) visits and a menu of $20 add-ons like lab tests and vaccinations. Anybody who has gone through the drag of trying to get a vaccination through a traditional doctor set-up might appreciate the idea of a simpler format.
ZoomCare is currently hiring for a family practice physician for Seattle. The position is marked as “supervising” — that’s a nod to the doctor’s role in a ZoomCare clinic:
At ZoomCare, clinicians build neighborhood practices and have the best combination of autonomy with the clinical support of physician leaders. We want you to be one of these leaders, who develop, coach, train, and support these clinicians made up of PAs, FNPs, and MDs. And ZoomCare is coming to a Seattle neighborhood near you.
Opening in the Joule is a ways off for the new clinic. A notice of “remodel of existing building. New interior, non-bearing, wall partitions for a Medical Office” is on file with the city and work is underway in the building. Meanwhile, back on the food end of things, Blue Moon Burgers and Saizen Sushi are nearing their opening dates, joining Mod Pizza and Qdoba. You know, in case you get hungry after your check-up.