Discovery Health MD’s COVID Business Network leverages proximity and cooperation to serve travel testing needs for tenants and guests
SEATTLE, (October 20, 2021) – Discovery Health MD, a rapidly-growing, Seattle-based COVID-19 testing provider, has proposed the creation of a system of COVID-19 testing clusters throughout Seattle’s downtown and Bellevue. By removing the distance barriers and long processing times typical of public COVID-19 testing locations, Washington’s largest urban cores can rediscover the vibrancy of busy shops, eateries and hotels.
The proposed program uses the close proximity of high-rise business centers and major hotels in dense urban areas to provide frequent, reliable testing locations for business travelers and hotel guests. Commercial landlords and hotel owners initiate enrollment in the program. Their building is assigned to one of three clusters in downtown Seattle or Bellevue’s city core.
Member buildings host small teams of testing staff from Discovery Health MD in their lobbies or conference rooms once every one to two weeks. Employees who work in any member building can schedule a test any day of the week, Monday through Friday, within walking distance of their workplace.
Business travelers and hotel guests can rely on a regular testing schedule, easy-to-make appointments, and rapid, accurate results, all within a short walk. Discovery Health MD will offer an array of COVID-19 testing options that vary in cost and result speed. Individual businesses can opt to establish commercial accounts with Discovery Health MD or elect to ask individual employees to pay for or expense their testing fees.
“The Network is a multi-faceted testing service delivered to a partnered system of office buildings and hotels within close proximity,” says Daniel Pulse, Chief Growth Officer for Discovery Health MD. The company, which started as a medical risk management and consulting firm for the maritime industry in 2016, has offered testing services to a wide variety of industries since early in the pandemic, including public testing for travelers at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. “Now we want to create a network of commercial buildings and hotels that deliver reliable testing services for business travelers and hotel guests within a few blocks,” Pulse continues.
One cluster of the COVID Business Network is planned for the southern blocks of downtown around Second and Union, extending to the waterfront and down to the federal buildings. Another cluster includes the new high-rise buildings near the convention center. The third cluster covers the city’s northeast corner south of Lake Union. The first three buildings to enroll in each cluster will be considered anchor members and enjoy discounts on membership fees and testing costs.
Discovery Health MD will work with the local Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Seattle Association to help make the city vibrant again. Their backing will open conversations with commercial landlords and hotel owners, as well as owners of other shopping and dining centers.
“By leveraging proximity and cooperation, we can be a part of a safe, healthy re-vitalization of our downtown core,” Pulse says. “Our goal is ambitious. We want to help make Seattle and Bellevue the safest, most-tested cities in America. It could even be an opportunity to build networks in cities across the country.”
For more information, contact Daniel Pulse at 509-969-9334 or write to [email protected].