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Urgent Care C linic: handy resource Overlake's Urgent Care Clinic offers area residents walk-in access to family practice phcsicians and providers trained in emergency medicine 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2008, more than 20,000 area residents turned to Overlake's Urgent Care Clinic for care and treatment of non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Overlake's Urgent Care also offers pedi- attic care, which accounted for nearly 20 percent of patient visits last year. "Knowing they have access to care 24 hours a day is a relief for the many new parents and families in this area," said Barb Schumacher, manager of the clinic. "It seems that especially with kids, life can be unpredictable. So it's race to have somewhere to turn when a child wakes up sick in the middle of the night or sprains an ankle during a weekend soccer game." Urgent care clinics have become an important com- ponent in the range of healthcare services available. Created more than 20 years ago, these clinics now total more than 8,000 throughout the U.S., with approximately 1,200 operated by hospitals. Urgent care clinics help fill the gap between primary care and emergency care and help reduce the burden on the region's busy emergency departments. In addition, urgent care is typically a quicker and much more cost-effective treatment option for non- life-threatening conditions. Urgent care is designed for those with colds, sore throats, minor cuts and abrasions, sprains or light fractures, ear infections and similar conditions. Urgent care is not a replacement for emergency care. Anyone with life-threatening symptoms, difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure, fainting, severe vom- iting or diarrhea, uncontrolled bleeding, sudden dizzi- ness or changes in mental status, should call 911 to seek immediate treatment at a hospital emergency department. Because Overlake's Urgent Care will co-locate with primary care physicians, the clinic hopes to pro- vide care even more efficiently because of its handy access to additional treatment rooms during the clin- ic's busiest times at night and on weekends, star enjoy the new surroundings as much as patients will. The Breast Screening Center has been designed for the comfort of women who come in for mammograms. Breast Screening Cetlter provides latest technology in sp00-like environment Routine screening mammograrns are an important part of preventive health- care for women. Those over 40 are advised to have an annual mammogram to identify any changes in their breast tissue or breast health. While a mammo- gram may not be a woman's favorite activity, l't helps to have quick and easy access to a hi h-quality healthcare team that uses the latest technology to provide these important annual exams. The Breast Screening Center in Issaquah provides digital mammography that has bex :ol ne the new standard in high- qut mammography technology. mammography offers a more accurate imaging method for many women and can be performed faster and with fewer repeat images. In addition to the latest technology, the Breast Screening Center will offer a serene, almost spa-like environment for patients. A spacious and private waiting area, multiple changing areas equipped with mirrors, padded benches and stor- age lockers were included for patient comfort and convenience. If patients need further breast imaging or related services, referrals can be made to the Breast Health Center at Oveflake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. The Breast Health Center has been des- ignated a Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and pro- vides comprehensive diagnostic services for those patients who are symptomatic or who have breast abnormalities that have been detected through self or clini- cal exams or as a consequence of screen- ing. A dedicated breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRD, one of the most sophisticated breast imaging tech- nologies, is also available on Overlake's Bellevue campus.