Giant Free Health Clinic at Seattle Center Feb. 13-16
Seattle/King County Clinic is getting ready to open its doors to anyone in need of healthcare services. The 2020 Clinic—open Thursday, Feb. 13–Sunday, Feb. 16 at Seattle Center—is the largest event of its kind in Washington state. It offers a broad range of FREE dental, vision, and medical care.
The four-day clinic, now in its sixth year, is produced by more than 100 healthcare organizations, civic agencies, nonprofits, and private businesses. The undertaking brings thousands of volunteers together with the organizing and event expertise of Seattle Center to address acute health issues among people who routinely face barriers getting the care they need.
Seattle/King County Clinic makes use of several venues on the grounds of Seattle Center including Fisher Pavilion, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Cornish Playhouse, and the Exhibition Hall. Clinic patients are assisted each day on a first-come, first-served basis. They may choose service in two of the three general service areas, and they are welcome to return on successive days for additional care. All services and procedures are provided free of charge by licensed healthcare professionals. Interpretation services are available, and patients do not need to show identification or proof of immigration status.
Patients can receive a variety of services ranging from dental fillings and extractions, eye examinations, physicals, behavioral healthcare and social work to prescription eyeglasses, immunizations, laboratory tests, mammograms, ultrasounds, and x-rays.
In its first five years, Seattle/King County Clinic has provided $17 million in direct services to 20,000 patients who came from over 260 unique zip codes and spoke more than 50 primary languages. Clinic patients are parents, children, elders, veterans, immigrants, refugees, and people living homeless. They are, in large part, wage-earners who struggle with the high cost of living.
To find out more about Seattle/King County Clinic, visit seattlecenter.org/skcclinic or call 206-684-7200.
Contributor Deborah Daoust directs communications for Seattle Center. Learn more about all Seattle Center programs and events at seattlecenter.com.
This article originally appeared in the February 2020 issue of AgeWise King County.