In Snohomish County
There are many health care services in Snohomish County for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. The Washington Healthplanfinder is powered by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange and is the official ACA-compliant health insurance marketplace and website for Washington state. Start your search for information at its website: www.wahealthplanfinder.org.
See the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local hospitals and medical centers, health care centers and health care providers.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CLINICS AND RESOURCES
A community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees. Such clinics accept most insurance and provide affordable, comprehensive health care by well-trained, professional staff. They also serve those who are uninsured and underinsured, and most are open to making sliding scale payment arrangements based on income and family size.
For a list of community health centers in the state, visit the website of the Washington Association of Community & Migrant Worker Health Centers at www.wacmhc.org and select “Community Health Centers.”
The Washington State Dental Association website, www.wsda.org, is a useful place to start in finding a dentist with its roster lists. Select “Public” from the home page and choose “Find a Dentist” to locate a dentist, hygienist or dental assistant. You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.
Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs.
- Are the dentist’s office hours convenient for your schedule?
- Is the dental office close to your home or office?
- How are dental emergencies handled?
- Does the office appear to be clean and well organized?
- Is the staff helpful and friendly?
- What are the dental office’s financial policies and how is insurance handled?
The Washington State Department of Health’s Oral Health Coalition can give you tips for oral health and low-cost dental care. Visit its website at www.ws-ohc.org.
FINDING A LOCAL DOCTOR
It is important to find a health care provider before an urgent medical need arises. Building trust with a health care provider takes time, so don’t wait until a family member is ill to find a doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider.
Before you arrive at your new assignment, you can check the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ online website at https://secure.lni.wa.gov/provdir. This should give you a preview of the local medical practitioners as well as where you might need to go for specialized care.
Personal referrals from friends or other medical personnel can add to your options.
You can check a doctor’s certification at the American Board of Medical Specialties at www.abms.org. To see if anyone has registered a complaint or taken disciplinary action against the doctor, visit the Washington State Department of Health’s provider credential search at https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch or call 360-236-4700. When you have selected a health care provider, consider the following.
- When you scheduled your appointment, was the receptionist friendly, prompt and professional? Did he or she take time to answer your questions? Were you left on hold too long?
- When you arrived for your appointment, were you greeted promptly? Was the reception area clean and comfortable? Was the staff friendly and willing to answer your questions?
- Did you have to wait long in the exam room before the doctor arrived? Was the exam room orderly and clean, with a chair for a family member?
- When the doctor arrived and introduced himself or herself, did he or she seem rushed or tired? Did you get a good first impression?
- During the consultation, did nurses or assistants pop in and out? Did the doctor seem caring, compassionate and sympathetic to your concerns? Did you feel comfortable revealing personal information? Did the doctor rush through the meeting?
Treat finding a doctor as seriously as looking for a new job or a new home. You want to be comfortable with the person who will see you while you are most vulnerable.
Veterans in Snohomish County are served within Veterans Integrated Service Network 20 — the Northwest VA Health Care Network, with the nearest major medical center in Seattle, about 30 minutes from Naval Station Everett. VISN 20 serves the entire Pacific Northwest, including Alaska, a region with 1.1 million veterans, 24 percent of whom received VA services in fiscal year 2014. VISN 20 facilities recorded 3.4 million outpatient visits throughout Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and one county each in California and Montana. The closest community outpatient clinic to NS Everett also is in Seattle.
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
American Lake Division
9600 Veterans Drive
Tacoma, WA 98493 253-582-8440
1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108 206-762-1010
Since 1923, the VA Puget Sound Health Care System has distinguished itself as a leader in teaching, research and patient care while earning prestigious recognition as part of the largest health care network in the country. The system serves the health care needs of more than 80,000 veterans living in the Pacific Northwest. Two divisions (one in Seattle and one in Tacoma) provide a broad spectrum of inpatient and outpatient health care services, ranging from primary care to specialty and rehabilitative care.
The following is a list of community-based outpatient clinics and vet centers near Naval Base Kitsap.
925 Adele Ave.
Bremerton, WA 98312 360-473-0340
Everett Vet Center
3311 Wetmore Ave.
Everett, WA 98201 425-252-9701
Federal Way CBOC
34617 11th Place S., Suite 301
Federal Way, WA 98003 253-336-4142
Federal Way Vet Center
32020 32nd Ave. S., Suite 110
Federal Way, WA 98001 253-838-3090
Tacoma Vet Center
4916 Center St., Suite E
Tacoma, WA 98409 253-565-7038
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
1102 Quince St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504 800-562-2308
VA Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255
The Department of Veterans Affairs improves the quality of life for Washington’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources.
There are several VA service officers in Snohomish County who help navigate the maze of VA services and programs.
3000 Rockefeller Ave.
Everett, WA 98201 425-388-7255
Because emergencies don’t announce themselves in advance, it’s prudent to know where to go when they happen. Saving minutes in a crisis can mean saving a life. Knowing what services are available, and where, can make all the difference. In life-threatening situations, call 911 immediately and follow dispatcher instructions.
Cascade Valley Hospital
330 S. Stillaguamish Ave.
Arlington, WA 98223 360-435-2133
EvergreenHealth Medical Center
14701 179th Ave. SE
Monroe, WA 98272 360-794-7497
Everett Medical Center – Kaiser Permanente
2930 Maple St.
Everett, WA 98201 425-261-1500
Providence Pavilion for Women & Children
900 Pacific Ave.
Everett, WA 98201 425-258-7550
Providence Regional Medical Center — Colby
1700 13th St.
Everett, WA 98201 425-261-2000
Providence Regional Medical Center — Pacific
916 Pacific Ave.
Everett, WA 98201 425-261-2000
Seattle Children’s Everett
900 Pacific Ave. Suite 100
Everett, WA 98201 425-304-6080
Seattle Children’s Mill Creek
12800 Bothell Everett Highway, Suite 150
Everett, WA 98208 425-357-5420
Swedish Medical Center — Mill Creek
13020 Meridian Ave. S
Everett, WA 98208 425-357-3900
Public Health Care
Washington State Department of Health
111 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501 360-236-4300
The state department of health works to protect and improve the health and well-being of all residents of Washington state. To that goal, the organization offers a wide range of services provided statewide by public health professionals to assure that water is safe, children have their immunizations, restaurants are safe and birth certificates are correct — to name just a few.
The department’s main office is in Tumwater, just south of Olympia, with secondary centers in Kent, Richland, Spokane and Shoreline. Its website has information on a wide variety of health topics at www.doh.wa.gov.
Snohomish Health District
3020 Rucker Ave.
Everett, WA 98201 425-339-5200
South County Clinic
6101 200th St. SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036 360-765-3111
Created in 1959, the Snohomish Health District is an independent, special purpose district promoting public health in Snohomish County. Snohomish Health District provides a wide range of programs and services that protect and promote the public health with particular focus on preventing injury and disease. Its website provides links to help you find a free clinic, locate an affordable dentist, get vaccinations for travel, report a disease, start a food business and more.