North county residents will soon have a shorter drive to see a physician.
The Vancouver Clinic announced this week it will open a new clinic in Ridgefield. The multi-speciality medical group on Wednesday finalized the purchase of land just west of Interstate 5 Exit 14.
Construction of the $6.7 million project is set to begin in 2017, with a completion date in 2018.
“Ridgefield represents a location that will allow us to meet the primary health needs of north Clark County residents, as well as provide continuity of care access to all the specialty care (The Vancouver Clinic) offers at nearby locations,” Dr. Alfred Seekamp, chief medical officer, said in a news release.
“It’s really exciting to expand services into Ridgefield and provide the best, most comprehensive health care for people of all ages and stages of life.”
Initially, the 10,000-square-foot medical center, which will be at the first roundabout on Pioneer Street, will offer only primary care. The clinic will have eight primary care providers and 16 additional staff members.
The medical center will have room to expand to 30,000 square feet and add services based on patient needs.
“The city of Ridgefield is looking forward to welcoming The Vancouver Clinic,” Mayor Ron Onslow said in the news release. “Expanded health care services are needed for our growing community.”
Ridgefield is the fastest-growing city in Clark County, and it was named the fastest-growing city in the state last year based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
“As Clark County grows, we want to continue expanding locations to provide the very best care close to where people live and work,” Vancouver Clinic CEO Mark Mantei said in the news release.
The Vancouver Clinic has five clinics across Clark County — Salmon Creek, 87th Avenue in Vancouver, Columbia Tech Center, Battle Ground and Washougal. The Vancouver Clinic is the largest private multi-specialty clinic in Clark County with 40 medical specialties, more than 250 providers and 1,100 staff members.