A new ridesharing company for seniors and patients is expanding into the South Sound.

Envoy America, which eschews standard curbside pickup for door-to-door service for clients, has announced an expansion into the Seattle area, beginning with Pierce County. The firm’s drivers serve as companions for their clients, remaining with them until they are back home. All of Envoy’s drivers are CPR and first aid certified, trained on how to work with clients who may have memory issues, trained on how to help riders safely transfer out of a wheelchair and into/out of a vehicle.

The move is the first new market expansion into Washington state for the Phoenix-based company, which announced that Monica Escalante will serve as director of operations for Envoy America Washington.

Escalante, who has spent the last six years leading the American Cancer Society’s services and programs in Arizona, is originally from Puyallup.

“This service has been life-changing for so many seniors and their families in the Phoenix, Tucson, Houston and Dallas areas since it launched in 2015, and we are thrilled to be able to bring this service here to the Seattle area,” said Escalante. “A large segment of the local population in Seattle are seniors who want to stay active but can no longer get behind the wheel of a car, and we make that freedom possible and affordable.”

The company will continue its expansion by adding services into King and Snohomish counties after establishing itself in Pierce.