Washington Business Journal turns to Bellevue’s new Conway Health and Resource Center to examine the question “What’s the difference between a ‘clinic’ and a ‘health center’”? The correct answer, we ultimately learn, is everything.

On paper—and in reference to someone else—it’s actually quite a simple conundrum, really. If I or someone in my family is feeling kinda yucky, do I stay home and pop something over-the-counter, or do I go to a clinic or health center if the issue seems beyond my fabled healing powers? Also, what’s the difference between the two? How much will it cost? How can I pay—and can I pay in cash if I have no credit? Am I prepared to wait all day? And so on, and so on . . .

In real life—and in reference to anyone asking those questions—a lot hinges on not only the answer(s), but also on the choices made as a result of those answers. And while I’ve never personally pondered such a conundrum, my ignorance is quickly and unceremoniously bitch-slapped back to reality after realizing the breadth of considerations one must make in a situation that may be beyond bandaids and over-the-counter painkillers.

Conway’s Executive Director Kelly Sweeney McShane has wisely opted to avoid the term “clinic.” Read more to see why.

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(Hey Washington Business Journal, you initially mention that Conway is in Ward 8, but later denote it as being in Ward 7:

“Our conversation took place in the window-lined waiting room for primary care at Ward 7’s Conway, one of D.C.’s newest “health centers, ” . . .”

Can you please fix that? The Conway Health and Resource Center is AWESOME, and we’d like to continue to claim it for Ward 8! Thanks—and keep up the great work!

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