The Seattle/King County Clinic will remain at Seattle Center, but spread out in several buildings due to the major rebuild of the arena, which had been home to the four-day clinic since 2014.

The clinic reports providing $17 million in direct services to 20,000 patients over the past five years.

“It’s pretty interesting, because we really did — over the five years that we were in the arena — we figured out a lot of nooks and crannies,” said Seattle/King County Clinic director Julia Colson.

Colson said the three-year rebuild of the Seattle Center arena had patients, volunteers and community advocates concerned about the clinic’s future, given the high level of need for health care services.

“It’s a giant puzzle, and having it all fit together is not easy,” Colson said of organizing the four-day clinic. “We just happened upon some dates that we can configure at Seattle Center and we decided to go for it.”

The next Seattle/King County Clinic will take place Feb. 13-16, with services spread out in five Seattle Center buildings.

“We’re going to have medical all located in one facility, and then dental will be in another facility,” Colson said. “Vision will be in another facility.”

The Fisher Pavilion will remain a point for people to sign up for the clinic and receive tickets. Identification is not required, and people can simply provide their name to start a patient record, Colson said. In its five years, the clinic has documented patients coming from more than 260 unique zip codes.

“Everyone can come from anywhere,” Colson said.

The clinic has historically taken place in the fall, and the move to February, coupled with a new configuration, has Colson putting out the call for volunteers now.

“There were a number of people, and they see the arena under construction, and they just automatically assume the clinic isn’t happening,” she said, adding the new time falls on mid-winter break and there’s concern about scheduling conflicts. “We don’t want to risk it, so we always are welcoming returning volunteers and new volunteers, and maybe this is a better time of year for them instead of September or October.”

The Seattle/King County Clinic can serve up to 1,000 people during each of its four days of operation, with dental and vision being the highest need. Colson said the clinic has a number of health care partners, but volunteers are also needed to help people register, navigate clinic spaces and to provide translation in multiple languages. It takes two days to set the clinic up, she said, and another day to take it down.

Colson said many longtime organizations will return in February, plus several new clinic partners.

“It really is about community helping community,” she said.

Information about the Seattle/King County Clinic is available at or by calling 206-684-7200. Visit to help out during one or multiple clinic days.