Meridian Center for Health Grand Opening
Community Celebration a Success
Even as the rain poured outside, more than 200 community members, health care partners, patients, neighbors and staff from Neighborcare Health, Public Health—Seattle & King County and Valley Cities Behavioral Health gathered inside the Meridian Center for Health for the grand opening on Saturday, January 23. Everyone came together to dedicate the beautiful new space and to celebrate the unique, innovative partnership that is bringing comprehensive, integrated, seamless health care and social services to the people of North Seattle and King County.
We were grateful that several elected officials joined us to share their thoughts about Meridian Center for Health. During the speaker portion of the day, Neighborcare Health executive director/CEO Mark Secord welcomed King County Executive Dow Constantine, State Senator David Frockt and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to say a few words, along with Patty Hayes, director of Public Health, and Ken Taylor, CEO of Valley Cities.
Each reiterated that the Meridian Center for Health will serve as a model for our state and the country for integrating care to improve the health of the community and lower costs, while helping those with multiple needs overcome barriers to get the care they need. State House Representative/Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and State Representative Jessyn Farrell also attended.
Throughout the day, guests enjoyed clam chowder donated by Ivar's and had a chance to tour the building to see how the spaces contribute to integration and coordination among teams. Kids spun a wheel for prizes and learned how to keep their teeth healthy with games. It truly was a community celebration and a wonderful way to officially kick off our partnership that will hold steady for years to come. Read more about the Meridian Center for Health, and check out the story in the Puget Sound Business Journal.