Overlake Medical Center and the city of Sammamish held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new primary care clinic at the Sammamish Town Center complex on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Sammamish Mayor Bob Keller, as well as the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Sogge and Overlake President and CEO J. Michael Marsh, spoke to the crowd about bringing a primary care service to Sammamish and highlighted the two primary care physicians that will operate at the new location.
Doctors Paige Kasai and Jessica McHugh, both Sammamish residents, will lead the clinic in providing care for the community.
“You are really, really lucky to land Dr. Paige Kasai and Jessica McHugh,” Marsh said. “These are incredible physicians who are going really going to be here for a long time serving Sammamish residents.”
McHugh and Kasai had worked together previously during their medical school residency and at Swedish Hospital. Both doctors relocated to Sammamish and had the opportunity to help open up a brand new clinic for Overlake.
“It was a really exciting opportunity to create something with somebody that I trust and provide care for people near where I live,” Kasai said.
“[The community is] going to get the team of us and our practice styles, but also the resources that Overlake has to offer in terms of specialty services should they need it,” McHugh said. “They can access care close to home and that’s one of the things that’s really exciting.”
According to Chief Operating Officers Tom DeBord and Valerie Chrusciel, branching into Sammamish has been a long-time goal for Overlake, which has been serving Sammamish residents through locations in other nearby cities. Having a clinic in Sammamish will go a long way to prevent residents from having to travel to receive treatment, they said.
“We have a strategic plan to put primary care in our communities and since Sammamish is such a big part of our community, we had been wanting for a while to get a clinic here,” Chrusciel said. “When this location became available, we were very, very excited because this was a great place for us to be. We were able to recruit two great physicians who live in the area, which I think is really important to be in the community, it helps reinforce that community presence we want to have in this area.”
While the clinic is now open for primary care, urgent care services will be added in January 2018, Crushiel said.