Posted September 9, 2015
What was once a one-room clinic run out of the back of a former bar has grown to cover two floors and a wide range of services.
The Pike Place Market clinic started in the 1970s by a grassroots activist who wanted to serve low-income seniors in the downtown corridor, says Clinic Manager Zandra Lee. As the downtown neighborhood has changed, so has the clinic's patient population. Today the clinic serves a diverse adult population, with almost half homeless or at high risk for homelessness. About 10 years ago the clinic became part of Neighborcare Health, which operates most community health centers in Seattle. Even as part of a much larger system, the clinic maintains its focus on the Market neighborhood and the needs of this community.