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The center's clinic's have been designed for patients' comfort. Anticoagulation Clinic provides simple, routine monitoring Ovedake's Anticoagulation Clinic offers regular monitoring for patients on anticoagulants or blood-thinning medica- tions. These medications must be routine- ly checked to maintain effectiveness as they can have serious interactions with other medicines a patient is taking, and be affected by changes in diet or activity lev- els. Patients often need just a finger-stick blood test to confirm they are maintain- ing appropriate medication levels. For most patients, this means short, 15- minute appointments to stay on track. New patients come to the clinic more frequently as they start on blood thin- ning medication, but most will later reduce their frequency to monthly visits. The clinic will be staffed by pharma- cists and nurse practitioners who are very familiar with the wide range of pharmaceuticals available. They are also knowledgeable about the possible harm- ful drug interactions to look for and avoid. Anticoagulation clinics have become more common as the use of warfarin drugs have become more widespread. It can be difficult for primary care physi- cians to familiarize themselves with all of the new pharmaceuticals on the mar- ket and to have the time available to provide these patients with the frequent monitoring that's needed. Clinics work with a patient's primary care provider and communicate regularly when any changes in medication are need- ed to maintain updated patient records. The clinic provides a convenient alterna- tive to scheduling monthly visits with their primary care physician. The Issaquah clinic will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and will add more days as needed to accommodate patient needs. The clinic opened in Issaquah in 2005 and currently provides care for approximately 200 patients per week. "With their frequent visits, we get to know our patients quite well and I'm pleased to say we receive consistently positive patient comments that call out our personal attention, promptness, and well-trained and professional providers. Our patients tell us they feel very well cared for, and that is, of course, our primary goal," said Carita Osterback, manager of Outpatient Services at Overlake. 00007omen's Clinic. and C00)mmunity Education t_l assroom included in the new facility The Childbirth Center at Overlake Hospital Medical Center welcomes more than 4,000 new babies each year--and nearly 20 percent of their families call Issaquah and Sammamish their home. The Women's Clinic at Overlake Medical Center Issaquah is designed to support these new moms and families after childbirth and beyond. The clinic is staffed by registered nurses who are cer- tified lactation consultants and lactation educators who provide new moms with on-going support and education at a crit- ical time in a mother's recovery and an infant's development. Conveniently located close to home, the Women's Clinic in Issaquah offers lacta- tion, postpartum and newborn hearing screening appointments. A baby weight check station is available to help track baby's growth and key development mile- stones. While postpartum visits are designed just for Overlake Childbirth Center patients, other services including lactation appointments are available to anyone in the community. "The clinic offers a great source of sup- port, helping families transition to parent- hood, a service not offered by many hospi- tals. We want new families to know about the assistance we provide and encourage them to take advantage of our services," said Sylvia Wang RN, IBCLC, supervisor of the Women's Clinic. The Women's Clinic is open five days a week. Also avail- able are breast pump rentals and breast- feeding support items. Additional help for new moms and fam- ilies is offered in the spacious new com- munity education classroom Overlake has integrated into its new facility, bringing all of its services in Issaquah together in one central location. In addition to its compre- hensive class offerings for expectant par- ents and new families, Oveflake also offers classes for all ages on diabetes, nutrition, weight loss surgery, healthy lifestyles and more. The hallways are light and airy at the new facility of Overlake Medical Center Issaquah.