The new Olympic Medical Physicians Orthopaedic Clinic is open for business.
The clinic, which opened Wednesday, June 13, already is doing gangbuster business. That’s the word from Dr. Keith Ure, a recent arrival in Sequim and one of two physicians now staffing the clinic. He’s joined by Dr. Loren Larson, who formerly spent most of his time in Port Angeles.
In addition to the two MDs, the new clinic also has two orthopedic physician assistants on staff: Patricia Christiansen and Travis Babcock.
The facility is located in Sequim Medical Plaza on Fifth Avenue, in the offices that formerly served as the Jamestown Clinic before it moved across the street. The clinic has plenty of space with 13 examining rooms and two “casting” rooms — areas set aside for creating casts for broken bones and other needs.
The opening of the clinic marks the first time OMP has offered orthopedic services in Sequim.
The clinic also provides a boost to the local economy by filling a piece of prime real estate with a full-time staff of 13 well-paid employees.
At this point no surgical procedures, other than the most minor ones, take place at the Sequim facility. Those are performed in the surgical ward at Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles.
The new clinic is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays. Call 582-4120 for an appointment.
With two orthopedic physicians on staff, patients at the new clinic will find someone who specializes in what ails them.
Ure is an orthopedic surgeon “specializing in total joint replacement.” That means new knees and hips, he said.
Ure said he was recruited to Sequim because of the need for his special expertise, which most often is required by older patients.
He also said surgery usually is the last step, saying he prefers first to treat musculoskeletal disorders with therapy or medicine or a combination. But he agreed that when the time comes, replacement joints can be a blessing.
Ure was recruited from Mount Shasta, Calif., his home for 15 years. About Sequim he said, “It’s a great place to live and people are warm and friendly. And the hospital is exceptional.”