New Pediatric Clinic Now Open in Rainier Valley
Add another clinic to the growing list of neighborhood health care providers that are reshaping the health care landscape, partly in response to the establishment of the Affordable Care Act. HopeCentral, a pediatric and behavioral health clinic, opened its doors in Rainier Valley in March; in addition to filling a need for pediatric services in an underserved part of Seattle, the clinic is providing a transparent pay structure that, according to the clinic founders, reduces cost for patients. Doctors are available 24/7 and patients can enroll via a monthly subscription-based fee and accepts Apple Health for Kids, a Washington Health Benefit Exchange program. New patients (who aren’t already covered by Apple Health) are eligible for a free Well Child Check Up as well as a free Sick Visit. Pricing depends on the age of the child and how many patients are enrolled—it starts at $50 monthly for one child age 6 and up, $65 monthly for ages 0–5. Discount subscription pricing is also available. On May 5, the clinic will hold its official grand opening celebration, with an open house, prize drawings and books for the kids.