Pierce College gets a new neighbor


Genevieve Huard


It might be concerning to see more deforestation in the Bradley Lake Park area, as new businesses such as Lowe’s build in the area. It could also be a little confusing to see “Native Growth Protection” signs in front of a clearing in the once forested lot at the intersection of 39th Avenue Southeast and 10th Avenue Southeast on South Hill.

This is the site of Group Health’s future clinic, opening fall 2012. The new clinic will nearly double Group Health’s patient capacity in the South Hill and Puyallup area from its current clinic on 31st Avenue Southeast.

About 10 sites were looked into in the South Hill area to replace Group Health’s current facility. Already developed locations like the old location of Lowe’s and Pro-Build lumberyard were considered by Group Health.

Ultimately, William Biggs, vice president of administrative services at Group Health, chose the 39th Avenue Southeast location and leasing from the Benaroya company because of it’s strong fulfillment of the non-profit’s specific site criteria. These criteria include a safe location, accessible location, easy to find, economic viability and predictability in the development process.

“This one [location] came out very, very strong on frankly all of those points,” Biggs said.

The signs in front of the construction zone that say “Native Growth Protection Area” refer to the berm in the front of the property, not the whole site, according to Biggs.

The current Group Health construction site was cleared from a heavily forested area and lies in the runoff zone of Bradley Lake Park. Although Group Health clinic may have taken down a few trees, the clinic will be built with LEED gold specifications and will have other “green” programs.

“We have a drug take back program at our medical centers where members and the community can take their old prescriptions and dispose of them in a safe and contained place so they don’t end up in the waters/environment or in the hands of others who may abuse prescription meds,” Katie McCarthy, senior media consultant at Group Health said.

A rooftop garden will be installed at the new clinic.

In addition to an eco-friendly building, Group Health will be implementing their prototype design to make a more patient friendly building.

“So the care rooms in this case will have two doors,” Biggs said. “There is one that will come in from the public side, where the patients will come in for their care, and the back door is where the care teams come in and interact with the patients. And so off the back end of these exam areas is the working area for the care teams along with all of their supplies and equipment.”

This design’s intent is to keep patients more comfortable and less confused on where to go by keeping the inner workings hidden from patient’s eyes.

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