Sea Mar opens clinic at Skagit Valley Hospital

Sea Mar Community Health Center is opening a new clinic within Skagit Valley Hospital as a way to boost access to primary care and expand the center’s services in the region.

Sea Mar is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health and human services to diverse communities. Since 1985, Sea Mar has had a primary care and dental clinic on La Venture Road in Mount Vernon and a dental clinic in Burlington.

The new clinic is located in leased space just inside the Kincaid Street lobby at Skagit Valley Hospital. The clinic opened in early August offering primary care and same-day appointments. Mario Cerpa, MD, a family practice provider, is the first physician on staff and Sea Mar plans to recruit another provider for the hospital-based facility.

“We’re really excited about being at Skagit Valley Hospital. This is the first clinic of its kind in our system, within a hospital,” said Carolina Lucero, Senior Vice President with Sea Mar. “This is a really good way to expand our services in another location.”

Likewise, Skagit Valley Hospital leaders are pleased to lease space to Sea Mar as part of a concerted effort by the hospital to increase access to primary care services.

“Skagit Valley Hospital is excited to be a part of this partnership with Sea Mar so we can improve access to health care in our community regardless of income level,” said Diane Morton, Assistant Administrator of Outreach and Development.

Sea Mar is open to all patient populations and bases fees on income and household size. Services include primary care, physicals, obstetric and gynecological care, breast and cervical health, immunizations, nutrition and health education and health insurance enrollment assistance including DSHS, the Basic Health and Healthy Options programs.

“We serve the entire community, specializing in serving the Spanish-speaking community. Our overall population is very diverse,” Lucero said.

With a growing number of uninsured and indigent populations, the need for Community Health Center services is growing.

“Sea Mar has always been ready to respond to the needs of the community,” she said. “We’re here to serve the community and we’ll do our best to do that. We serve many different segments of the community with a large array of services including primary care, mental health, dental services and more.”

The clinic is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call the Sea Mar Skagit Valley Clinic at 360-588-5550.