Program funded: November 2011 through November 2014
People who visit the emergency room with non-urgent medical needs often can be better served by a primary care physician. These visits to the ER are more costly than seeing a primary care physician, but oftentimes, those seeking treatment do not have insurance and don’t have a doctor that they see regularly. Through this program, Swedish/Edmonds works with a case manager at Community Health Centers of Snohomish County (CHC) to refer patients who may need comprehensive, affordable health care services. Educating patients and their families about the proper use of the ER and benefits of having a doctor they see regularly is also an aspect of this program. CHC operates a Lynnwood clinic and an Edmonds clinic.
For more information, visit the program website.