Moses Lake Community Health shows off remodeling progress

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  • Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald The waiting room in the remodeled Moses Lake Community Health dental clinic is home to a whole ocean full of sea creatures.

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    Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald A Moses Lake Community Health worker sets up a patient space in the new dental clinic.

  • Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald The waiting room in the remodeled Moses Lake Community Health dental clinic is home to a whole ocean full of sea creatures.

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    Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald A Moses Lake Community Health worker sets up a patient space in the new dental clinic.

MOSES LAKE — Patients and community members got a tour of the expanded Moses Lake Community Health facility at an open house Tuesday.

The new and much bigger dental clinic is almost finished, the new pharmacy is almost finished, and some of the medical clinic services have moved into their new locations. But marketing and communications director Stephanie Melcher said the project is not done. “We have about a year (of remodeling) left.”

The first phase added about 20,000 square feet to the existing building, increasing the size of the medical and dental clinics by about 30 percent. “We definitely have a lot more space.” When the remodeling is completed the dental clinic will take up most of the second floor, and the entire medical clinic will be on the ground floor, Melcher said.

The new dental clinic has room to treat 20 patients, plus a large waiting room. Currently the clinic has 12 dentists and eight hygienists on staff.

The dental clinic waiting room is decorated with fish and sea creatures in a nautical theme, which will be repeated in the public spaces of the building, especially the kid-centric ones, Melcher said. Sculptures of sea creatures — check out that blue whale — hang from the ceiling of the staircase. The clinic itself is in shades of brown and cream; the color scheme is based on the MLCH logo.

The dental clinic also has two separate rooms for patients who suffer from anxiety, each with a mural featuring sea creatures.

Part of the medical clinic is almost finished, and is done in the same brown-and-cream as the dental clinic. The pharmacy has expanded access and access for patients. It’s on the ground floor next to the medical clinic, and the two share a large waiting room.

Some medical services are still on the second floor while construction is underway.

When it’s all done the clinic will have 11 more bathrooms, Melcher said. The expansion took up some parking, but when construction is complete the parking lot will have 50 additional spaces for patients. The first step in remodeling was the construction of an employee parking lot across the street from the building.

The next phase of remodeling will start with a new and bigger reception area. Construction will affect every part of the building and every service offered, maternity services to diagnostic imaging, behavioral health, the lab.

The medical clinic and the same-day clinic — MLHC’s walk-in clinic — are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The dental clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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