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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

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9 comments on “New Medical & Dental Clinic in Rainier Beach Seeks to Reduce Radical Disparities in Health

  1. “people living in south and southeast Seattle have a life expectancy almost 10 years shorter than Mercer Island residents”

    Gee, you think the drive by shootings, muggings and crack addictions might have anything to do with it?

  2. Who makes up this crap? The population of south and southeast Seattle is much higher than Mercer Island alone. It would be a more appropriate to compare the life expectancy between Medina and M.I. residents and compare south seattle to north or west seattle.

    Also, all bets North Seattle has a higher obesity rate than south and southeast Seattle, because poor southend seattle people can’t afford to eat (sarcasm intended).

  3. Actually Garlic…low-income people get most of their calories from cheap and fattening carbs and fast food, so now—unlike in less modern times—thinness is a sign of wealth. Have you priced fresh produce and lean protein these days? No Mediterranean Diet for the low-income.

  4. And the city’s retail consultant reported that we have an overabundance of retail food outlets in the South End. Seriously.

  5. Garlic, what does the size of the population have to do with the life expectancy? Whether SE Seattle is 2, 5 or 15 times the population of Mercer Island, the average life expectancy is lesser.

  6. My grandma is 96 years old living in her own home on South Beacon Hill for over 3 decades, her diet consists mostly organic home grown asian vegetables.

    Meanwhile my teenage nephew who lives on Mercer Island has a bad case of acne and a penchant for fried and junk food…

    It will be interesting to see who outlives who…

  7. Everyone has a good point here, all I’m saying is comparing South Seattle with Mercer Island is like comparing Harlem with Palm Springs.

    It’s a crude and cruel comparison, mostly rich vs. mostly poor. These type of “shocking disparities in health” statements enables these clinics to receive more government funding.

    Mercer Island is not in the city limits. Comparing life expectancy between south seattle w/north and west seattle would be a more accurate indicator. Taking in factors like obesity, alcoholism, diabetes, drug use, and murder would also be helpful in such a study.

  8. Garlic, you rather seem to miss the point: All these factors (obesity, diabetes, etc) of course contribute to a lesser life expectancy, which is a health disparity.

    Of course you can compare Harlem and Palm Springs – exposing the differences in health status shows the impact of the differences between the two.

    How else would you identify health disparities?

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