Seattle/King County Clinic returns to KeyArena at Seattle Center for a fourth year, Oct. 26-29, with an ambitious goal of providing over $3.5 million in free dental, vision and medical services to people in need. To realize this target, the Clinic seeks healthcare professionals and general support volunteers to fill a broad range of functions and shifts.
Now in its fourth year, Seattle/King County Clinic is the largest event of its kind ever undertaken in the State of Washington. Produced in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, the City of Seattle, Philips Healthcare, Public Health – Seattle & King County and more than 100 health care organizations, civic agencies, nonprofits, and private businesses, it brings together thousands of volunteers and the organizing and event expertise of Seattle Center to address acute health issues among vulnerable and underserved populations and introduce patients to local resources that can help provide continued care.
The Clinic anticipates the need for 1,000 volunteers each day, and it also seeks volunteers in the days and weeks before and after the four-day event to help in preparation and wrap-up. The number of patients served each Clinic day depends on the number of registered volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Individuals may register at seattlecenter.org/volunteers.
Since the inception of Seattle/King County Clinic in 2014, more than 9,250 volunteers have participated, donating collectively 127,000 hours of time. Clinic outcomes speak to the accomplishments of this immense effort in responding to a profound need in our community for accessible and affordable health care. Seattle/King County Clinic includes over 100 dental operatories, 58 medical treatment rooms and 10 vision lanes. Patients can receive a variety of services ranging from dental fillings and extractions, eye exams, physicals, behavioral health care, and social work to prescription eyeglasses, immunizations, laboratory tests, mammograms, ultrasounds, and x-rays. In its first three years, the Clinic provided $10 million in direct services to 11,900 patients who came from 262 unique zip codes and spoke 37 primary languages.
Producing an event on this scale represents the serious dedication of a caring community to address health care issues at the local level, to make a difference for the most vulnerable among us. By meeting immediate health care needs, providing referrals for ongoing care and raising the visibility of this issue within the broader community, it is hoped that this event will positively impact the health of the region and raise awareness of the scale of those left out of the current health care system.
More information on Seattle/King County Clinic is available at: seattlecenter.org or by calling 206-684-7200.