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New Medical & Dental Clinic in Rainier Beach Seeks to Reduce Radical Disparities in Health

Last week, Neighborcare Health opened its new Rainier Beach Medical & Dental Clinic at 9245 Rainier Avenue South. The new clinic combines the services and staff of Neighborcare Health’s former Rainier Beach Medical Clinic and the Southeast Dental Clinic, which have both closed.

Clinic staff says that the neighborhoods around the clinic, as well as the broader Rainier Valley community, have embraced the project and made them feel welcome in their new digs.

“We have been caring for patients in the Rainier Valley for decades,” explained Marcus Rempel, MD, Neighborcare Health Medical Director and a physician at the new clinic. “We’re delighted to open in this beautiful new space and expand the number of families we serve.”

In its first year of operations, Rainier Beach Medical & Dental Clinic plans to increase access from the 10,000 currently served to somewhere between 14,000 and 17,000, by doubling the number of medical exam rooms from 12 to 24, as well as adding two dental operatories.

Did you know? The new clinic is located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the nation that faces shocking disparities in health. For instance, people living in south and southeast Seattle have a life expectancy almost 10 years shorter than Mercer Island residents, separated by only a mile of water.

Neighborcare Health – the largest provider of primary medical and dental care for low-income people in the city – has been serving Seattle for more than 40 years. Photos/do communications