The Neighborcare Health clinic at 415 N. 85th St. in Greenwood was originally scheduled to close when the new, and much more comprehensive, Meridian Center for Health opened at 10521 Meridian Ave. N. near Northgate. While Meridian Center’s grand opening was Jan. 23, the Greenwood clinic remains open on Mondays and Thursdays while administrators assess the ongoing need for that clinic.
Meridian Center for Health is a public-private partnership that brings together Neighborcare Health (medical, dental and pharmacy), Public Health – Seattle & King County (Women, Infants, Children nutrition and maternity support services), and Valley Cities (mental health and substance use recovery services) to help clients with a variety of health and social service needs.
Meridian Center for Health provides:
- Primary medical care
- Dental care (ongoing and urgent)
- Pharmacy services
- WIC nutrition program
- Support for pregnant women, moms and young children, including help with parenting skills, nutrition and breastfeeding
- Behavioral health services (mental health and substance use recovery services)
- Health and wellness classes
This model is at the forefront of reforms in public health, health care delivery and social services. Better integration – focused on patient-centered care, quality and prevention — is the primary goal of King County’s Health and Human Services Transformation Plan. The model meets the aims of the federal Affordable Care Act and the Washington State Health Care Innovation Plan, which call for new types of integration to provide care for the “whole person.”