Clinic business

Climate Pledge Arena organizers ‘must be held accountable’ after free clinic for Zac Brown Band delayed

Since 2014, Seattle and King County have hosted a free clinic at the Seattle Center. Sidelined during renovations, Climate Pledge Arena had originally planned its return for October 2022. Then show business intervened.

The clinic receives an average of around 3,000 people. Services provided include cancer screening, filling of teeth and fitting of dentures, eye tests and eyeglass prescriptions, annual exams and a full range of services for those who do not have the means of paying for health care.

“There is a great pent-up need for health care. People would come from out of state, drive and stay overnight at the Seattle Center to get to this clinic. The need is astronomical,” Dr. Rick Arnold, medical director of the Seattle/King County Clinic, told KIRO Newsradio.

“You can’t imagine how rewarding it is to have someone who can’t find a job because they can’t see, and you give them a pair of glasses. Suddenly, the world opens up to them.

Dr Arnold says the cancellation of this year’s clinic stems from the arena’s interest in hosting some acts of British invasion and country-western.

“Climate Pledge is managed by an organization called Oak View Group. I think they should be held accountable. They need to treat people in our community who are less fortunate with the same consideration as The Who and the Zac Brown Band,” Dr. Arnold offered.

The board responsible for the clinic unsuccessfully considered other venues as a fallback in 2021; In years past, the free medical service has been exhausted at other Seattle Center venues, including the Seattle Opera.

The logistics involved in a hub location were too great: only one company in the United States has the capacity to rent the equipment needed to keep the clinic operational, and their services were not available on the October date in question. The council expects they will need a year to 18 months to identify an alternative solution.

If this solution were adopted and the clinic moved forward with a tentative date in the spring of 2023, three years would have passed since the last time the Seattle/King County clinic opened its doors.

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