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Plateau Family Medicine to Close Next Month

The practice, which has been in Enumclaw since 1996 and at its current location since 2009, is set to close its doors March 15.

Plateau Family Medicine in Enumclaw is closing on March 15, 2013.

That's the announcement that currently sits on the practice's website (www.plateaufamilymedicine.net) and was also sent to the roughly 2,500 patients across the Plateau this week, predominantly in Enumclaw, Buckley and Bonney Lake.

The practice, currently run by Dr. Becky Rush and Dr. Deidre Feeney, has been a presence in Enumclaw since it started in 1996 on Cole Street, said clinic manager Staci Flowers.

Feeney helped found the practice and Rush joined in 2005, Flowers said. The practice moved to its current location behind Taco Time in 2009.

Over the years, the costs associated with operating a small two-doctor clinic simply got too high, said Flowers, particularly with insurance-led mandates on procedures like maintaining electronic medical records.

The practice tried to save itself by looking into adding a third doctor to the staff, and even to find a buyer in regional providers like MultiCare, said Flowers, but none were successful.

According to the practice's website, Rush will be seeing patients at the MultiCare Maple Valley Clinic at Four Corners and Feeney will be providing urgent care only at UW Medicine Valley Medical Center in Covington. There are more details for current patients online.

Plateau Family Medicine's care philosophy sought to provide well-rounded care to individuals and their entire family. "It was rural family care," said Flowers. "You take care of the whole person forever. ... it was a wonderful place to work."

jeri gamblin February 13, 2013 at 03:38 PM
This is a great family practice and will be missed by many. The care given at this facility is personal and professional. All the employees are dedicated to their patients and families. We will miss you all, Jeri Gamblin
Marcy Kelly February 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Very very sad to see our family dr go, she has the patients of a saint.. We will miss Dr.feeney and I and my family thank her for everything..
Dick Lipschitz February 16, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Don't worry, the Affordable Heathcare Act created by President Obama will help clinics like this. Costs will go down, choices will increase, you can still keep your won doctor, the national deficit will go down, everybody will get covered, doctors will get reimbursed.

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