News Release: Qliance Opens Primary Care Clinic in Seattle Fire Station 2, Making First Responders Health a Top Priority

Helps IAFF Local 27, Seattle Fire Fighters Healthcare Trust, and Seattle Fire Department to prevent and reduce occupational injuries and diseases

SEATTLE, WA. – July 12, 2016 – Qliance, a membership-based primary care company operating throughout the Puget Sound since 2007, today announced their seventh clinic opening, located in Downtown Seattle at Fire Station 2, dedicated exclusively to meeting Seattle Fire Fighters’ health needs through a comprehensive primary care and occupational health program.

The clinic opening is the result of a successful 3-year collaborative relationship between Qliance, IAFF Local 27, Seattle Fire Fighters Health Care Trust, and the Seattle Fire Department. All four organizations and the Mayor’s office will be present at the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the clinic, located at 2318 4th Avenue in Seattle.

Qliance will provide Seattle Fire Fighters access to 24/7 Urgent Care, Primary Care, Care Coordination, and annual specialized Fire Fighter Health Assessments and Physicals Exams for more than 1000 Seattle Fire Fighter members of IAFF Local 27. Qliance doctors will oversee all aspects of Fire Fighter primary care, developing personal health plans with each member to make sure they stay healthy and avoid disability. More than 100 Fire Department employees will also have access to Qliance services.  Over the next few months, Qliance will bring in additional on-site resources that support Seattle Fire Fighters’ health and injury management such as in-house fitness evaluations, physical therapy, rehabilitation and work-hardening for these industrial athletes.

“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with the Seattle Fire Fighters. It is an honor to serve our brave and selfless first responders and to be a part of helping them achieve and maintain their best health now and for many years to come,” said Erika Bliss, MD, and CEO of Qliance. “We see this partnership as critical to our mission to bring great primary care and overall health care coordination and advocacy to all – whether they join as individuals, or through their employers, plans, trusts, associations or community groups.”

Bliss says Kenny Stuart, President of IAFF Local 27, is the catalyst behind bringing Qliance on board to manage Fire Fighter’s ongoing health care, and a tireless advocate for improving and expanding industry-specific health care to Seattle’s Fire Fighters. “This marks an amazing day for our Seattle Fire Fighters.  Fire Fighters are regularly exposed to unique and devastating health risks and suffer from alarming rates of cancer, heart disease, PTSD, suicide, and musculoskeletal injuries. My vision has been to establish this program in Seattle with Qliance to serve as a model for how to support the health and wellbeing of Fire Fighters.”

“By offering Seattle Fire Fighters a close, confidential relationship with Qliance doctors who understand their work, their needs, and who they are, in a setting designed to streamline the process, we will now ensure annual Fire Fighter health assessments and physical exams and overall healthcare that is efficient and effective,” said Tim O’Mahony, Chairman of the Seattle Fire Fighters Health Care Trust.

Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins is very supportive of improving the prevention and early detection of injuries and diseases of Fire Fighters. “By working together with the Union and Qliance, we are able to offer Seattle Fire Fighters personalized, high quality, more efficient and affordable care,” said Scoggins.

The new Qliance clinic is designed to offer:

  • A more coordinated, convenient, personalized health care experience for Seattle Fire Fighters
  • An evidence-based, updated version of the national Fire Fighter exam informed by Qliance’s 3-year experience with the Seattle Fire Fighters
  • Better health outcomes through comprehensive, industry-specific preventive care and screenings
  • Better management of acute and chronic conditions
  • Reductions in avoidable emergency room, hospital and specialty care use
  • Reductions in the personal and public costs of disability and time away from work

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About Qliance

Since 2007, Qliance is a pioneer in the innovative approach to health care, providing for more than 90% of its members’ medical needs through its high quality primary care, affordable monthly membership-based model. Qliance offers members 24/7 access to high quality doctors and primary care teams who can address medical issues and provide personalized care through phone or email, office care, virtual care, and coordination of care throughout the health care system. Qliance is not insurance so there are never any copays or deductibles for Qliance services, however Qliance works with all insurance networks to ensure members receive the care they need.  Patients have unlimited, unrestricted access to Qliance’s services with 6 clinics in the greater Puget Sound area – Seattle, Bellevue, Lynnwood, Kent and Tacoma.  Qliance is recognized nationally with demonstrated results in the areas of overall health care cost reduction and increased patient satisfaction.

About IAFF Local 27

Seattle Fire Fighters Union, IAFF Local 27 is a not-for-profit labor union formed in 1918, and is an affiliate of the IAFF. Local 27 is managed by an elected Executive Board comprised of active Seattle Fire Fighters. Local 27 represents approximately 1,000 Seattle Fire Fighters and Paramedics.

About Seattle Fire Fighters Health Care Trust

The Seattle Fire Fighters Health Care Trust was established in 2007 and is an ERISA governed trust, managed by a volunteer board of trustees, and is dedicated to providing members and their families valued, comprehensive, sustainable, and affordable healthcare.

About Seattle Fire Department 

The Seattle Fire Department provides emergency medical care and fire suppression services to the community of Seattle through 33 fire stations strategically placed throughout the city. In 2015, SFD responded to 94,346 incidents. The department’s mission is to minimize the loss of life and property resulting from fires, medical emergencies and other disasters. Additional information about the Seattle Fire Department can be found at www.seattle.gov/fire.

Press Contact:

Cheryl Kilodavis
206-227-7135
ckilodavis@qliance.com