Providence St. Peter Hospital on Olympia's east side and Capital Medical Center on the west side anchor the South Sound medical community, offering 24-hour emergency rooms and a range of cardiology, neurology and other medical specialties.
Both hospitals recently expanded their services and treatment options for cancer patients.
Capital Medical opened Capital Oncology, which includes a team of oncologists and associated radiation therapy and imaging facilities; St. Peter has become one of several partners with Providence Western Washington Oncology in Lacey and also provides oncologists and radiation therapy and imaging programs.
Other recent changes to the two facilities include a $1.3 million renovation of Olympia Family Medicine at Capital Medical Center and a $3 million upgrade to Providence’s chemical-dependency center.
In addition to the hospital services, South Sound has two outreach programs for low-income and uninsured people. Those are a 211 phone line for referrals to resources; and CHOICE regional health care network (800-981-2123) for help with finding medical care or health insurance. Similarly, CHOICE can help with a range of problems. CHOICE is a lead partner in Project Access, which helps people who don’t have insurance or who are on Medicare or Medicaid find a primary care physician.
CHOICE has developed a partnership with area hospitals to identify those who frequently visit hospital emergency rooms but who could better be served in a doctor’s office or clinic. The emergency department consistent care program has helped about 300 people a year to find more appropriate medical care for their situations, said Kristen West, CHOICE executive director. West said the program started in partnership with St. Peter about four years ago and has expanded to Mason General in Shelton and Providence Centralia Hospital.
Another option for low-income or uninsured people is Sea Mar Community Health Clinics. Its main clinic is in Olympia, with a dental and mental health clinic in Tumwater. The main number is 360-704-2900. For referals on alternative medical care, contact the Puget Sound Wellness Association at 360-704-9051.
Olyviah Grace Delaney Williams was the first baby born at Capital Medical Center in 2010, according to a news release from the hospital. Olyviah is the daughter of Jason and Shawna Williams of Satsop.