Rainier Valley Community Clinic Moves, Expands Services

Rainier Valley Community Clinic Moves, Expands Services

Rainier Valley Community Clinic has announced the grand opening of the clinic in a new, larger location and with expanded services to provide care for more Rainier Valley neighbors.

King County data shows that the life expectancy for those living in the Rainier Valley is an average of 17 years shorter than for those in the neighborhood of Mercer Island. Maternity care outcomes are worse here than anywhere else in King County, and the lack of providers and care options has resulted in this diverse and South Seattle neighborhood being federally designated as a “Medically Underserved Area.”

In order to address this gap in quality care, Rainier Valley Community Clinic began in 2015 as a midwifery-led clinic, providing individualized perinatal care. In addition to partnering with many local organizations to deliver services, the clinic received a March of Dimes grant to provide a CenteringPregnancy® program that will help address  maternity outcomes in the community.

CenteringPregnancy® is an evidence based, cost effective, patient centered group prenatal care model that improves pregnancy outcomes, increases satisfaction of the prenatal care experience by both mothers and providers and lowers healthcare costs.

One in twelve babies is born prematurely (birth before 37 weeks) in Washington state (8.1%). The March of Dimes — the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health — works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

“The March of Dimes is deeply committed to making a difference in our community and our grants allow us to partner with local organizations to make a real impact on child and maternal health,” said Maternal & Child Health Director Kasey Rivas with March of Dimes Washington.  “We are thrilled to be able to award this grant to Rainier Valley Community Clinic for CenteringPregnancy®.”

In addition to offering maternity care, fertility services and natural birth control, the new and improved Rainier Valley Community Clinic announces will also offer family medicine, urgent care for the entire lifespan, sports physicals, naturopathic medicine and acupuncture as well as immigrant health services.

“This is healthcare re-imagined,” said the press release issued by the clinic. “Where quality, respectful care is offered to all who come through the door regardless of ability to pay.”

The Rainier Valley Community Clinic will host its grand opening on Fri., Sept. 30, from 5:30 to 8 pm at the new space, located at 3642 33rd Ave S. #C-4. This event is free and open to the public.

 

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