Vancouver Clinic expands services

Its first eye care center opens today; kidney treatment enhanced

By Aaron Corvin, Columbian port & economy reporter

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The Vancouver Clinic is stepping up its mission to provide comprehensive and convenient health care services, launching its first-ever eye care clinic and expanding its kidney-treatment services at its Salmon Creek location.

Today, the private, multi-specialty clinic -- which has served Southwest Washington since 1936 -- unveils its eye care clinic at its Salmon Creek facility, 2525 N.E. 139th St., suite 280, with an early-morning ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The eye-care services follow the clinic's expansion last week of its nephrology department (which concerns the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases) to suite 260 at the same Salmon Creek site.

Tom Sanchez, director of clinical operations for The Vancouver Clinic, said "we're at that point of growth where we can support" an eye care clinic and to "provide that comprehensive care."

Likewise, the clinic sees the expansion of its nephrology department as meeting medical needs in North Clark County, and providing a new, convenient location. "We feel people want to get their care close to home," said Dr. Alfred Seekamp, medical director for the health care company.

The Vancouver Clinic continues to provide kidney-treatment services Monday through Friday at its flagship building at Northeast 87th Avenue, across from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Providers will see patients with kidney disease at the satellite office in Salmon Creek Wednesday through Friday.

As for the eye care clinic, The Vancouver Clinic has staffed it with ophthalmologists, Drs. Leo Kan and Kristin Rarey, and five technicians. Sanchez said the health care company invested $1.5 million in setting up the eye care clinic and continues to look to hire more support staff.

The eye care center is equipped with the latest technology and offers a variety of services, including eye examinations and treatment; specialty care for glaucoma, macular degenerations and diabetic retinopathy; pediatric eye care; cataract and lens implantation; vision examinations; and contact lens services.

The Vancouver Clinic, which has five sites in Clark County -- three in Vancouver, and one each in Washougal and Battle Ground -- has more than 200 medical practitioners offering services in 34 medical disciplines.

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