Residents of the Seattle area will soon have access to mental health-care services through two urgent-care clinics operated by Zoom+Care, a Portland, Oregon-based operator of on-demand health care clinics.
Zoom+Care’s existing Bellevue clinic on N.E. 8th Street in Lincoln Square has begun offering mental-health diagnostic, treatment and medication-management services. In December the company will launch a second Bellevue clinic at 10541 N.E. 4th St., that will be dedicated solely to providing mental health-care specialty services, which will be the first such clinic launched by Zoom+Care.
“Those seeking psychiatric care are often met with long wait times and limited access,” the company says. “Zoom+Care strives to make mental health care accessible and convenient by offering same-day, no-wait visits — with or without a referral. Patients can schedule a 30-minute, in-person visit directly from their smartphones.”
Erik Vanderlip, chief medical officer for Zoom+Care, adds that although all of the company's clinics are equipped to help with "someone's mental health journey to recovery," he says "some clinics have deeper resources than others."
Zoom+Care currently operates 12 urgent-care clinics in the Seattle area. In addition to its Seattle-area presence, Zoom+Care has 28 clinics in greater Portland. Late last year, PeaceHealth, a Vancouver, Washington-based nonprofit Catholic health system announced that it had inked a definitive agreement to acquire Zoom+Care. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
As of year-end 2018, there were nearly 8,800 urgent care centers in the United States, up 8% from 2017, according to a report from the Urgent Care Association. One of Zoom+Care’s major competitors in the Seattle area is Tacoma-based MultiCare, which acquired Immediate Clinic Seattle in 2016 and operates some 44 urgent care centers in Washington, including about 14 in the Puget Sound region.