The Polyclinic Rheumatology Department cares for patients with a variety of arthritic, inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. All of our providers are board-certified and have expertise in the treatment of the following conditions:
Specialty Rheumatology Services
The Madison Center location has an expansive Infusion Center for Polyclinic patients to receive infused biologic medications, intravenous fluids as well as other related services. (Mon-Fri: 9 am - 5 pm; call 206-329-1760).
Quality of Care
Selected for Best Practices in Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis
The Polyclinic Rheumatology Department was selected to participate in a national effort to improve the quality of care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Through this year-long collaborative, The Polyclinic developed processes to measure a patient’s disease activity and function at clinic visits. These measurements are used as an aid to identify when treatment should be adjusted and has been shown to increase the likelihood of a patient obtaining disease remission and better health outcomes.
In addition, we started a project to improve vaccination rates against pneumococcal pneumonia. In a 12-month period, we increased pneumococcal vaccination rates in RA patients from 27 to 79 percent.
Most patients with RA are immunosuppressed by their treatments, and so are at higher risk of infections and more severe infectious complications. Our commitment to increase vaccination rates allows us to prevent illness and be proactive in improving an individual’s overall health. We are continuing work on this project with plans to expand. The results of the collaborative will soon be published.
Clinical Trials in Rheumatology
At the Polyclinic, the needs of the patient come first. Part of this commitment involves conducting clinical trials with the goal of helping people live longer, healthier lives. Learn more about trials being conducted by rheumatology providers.
One part of a collaborative, comprehensive program
Our Rheumatology specialists are part of a larger, comprehensive Musculoskeletal Program that includes:
- Elbow Surgery
- Hand Surgery
- Hand Therapy
- Hip Surgery
- Knee Surgery
- Physical Therapy
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Shoulder Surgery
- Spine Surgery
- Sports & Performance Medicine
We have many experienced therapists, physicians and surgeons in these closely related specialties who work together to provide patients with well-coordinated care and an excellent patient experience.