The property purchased by PeaceHealth Medical Group touches on both Benson and East Badger roads, wrapped around the space used by Kulshan Veterinary Hospital immediately at the corner. (Courtesy visual/City of Lynden)

Construction of a medical facility there could start next spring 

WHATCOM — PeaceHealth announced Monday that it has bought a 5-acre parcel of land in Lynden, on which it plans to build a 22,500-square-foot medical clinic to serve the north county.

The location of the site is at the corner of East Badger and Benson roads, in an L shape around existing Kulshan Veterinary Hospital. 

“We are delighted to move one step closer to enhance healthcare service to the communities in north Whatcom County,” said Misty Parris, vice president of operations for PeaceHealth Medical Group in Northwest Washington and Southeast Alaska. “The site for the future clinic is ideal with easy access and room for plenty of parking.”

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2021, with an anticipated opening date approximately 18 months later.

The new clinic will allow for 15 providers of primary care services, both traditional and same-day, and between 40 and 45 support employees will work there.

PeaceHealth plans to relocate its existing Lynden-based Orthopedic & Sports Medicine clinic, now at 1610 Grover St., to the new site upon opening. Additional specialty care services will be added as local demand dictates. These  include cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics, and ancillary services such as imaging and laboratory.

PeaceHealth has selected Portland-based PKA architects to design the facility, citing that firm’s depth of experience in healthcare architecture, including several buildings and remodels for PeaceHealth.

In July, the City of Lynden revised its Medical Services Overlay requirements for a speedier processing of the project.