What's inside: Health Clinic celebrates one year in town, Medicare presentation scheduled

Veteran's Day events planned

The Estacada Area Support Our Troops Foundation will hold its annual Veteran's Day parade and rally on Saturday, Nov. 11. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Estacada High School, 355 N.E. Sixth Ave., and end at the Estacada Veterans Memorial. The ceremony will begin immediately following the parade. Those interested in participating in the parade can pre-register at the Chamber of Commerce, 475 SE Main St., or register the day of the event at the high school. If you are interested in helping with the parade or participating in the parade, contact Dennis Dahrens at 503-630-6403.

Additionally, brick orders for the Veterans Memorial should be ordered before Sunday, Oct. 15, in order to be placed on the wall by Veteran's Day. Forms can be found at

Orchid Health observes one-year anniversary

Tuesday, Aug. 22 marked the one year anniversary of Orchid Health's Wade Creek in Estacada. Since coming to town, the clinic has served more than 1,000 patients, provided more than 3,722 office visits and created 12 local jobs.

Orchid connects patients in Estacada with four medical providers: Dr. Lynn Murphy, physician assistants Laura Montez and Andrew White, and Jessica Garbutt-Burden, a licensed clinical social worker.

"Ultimately, we seek to help patients accomplish their health goals through a trusting relationship with their medical team," Oliver Alexander, Orchid Health's co-director wrote in a press release. "We would like to extend a big thank you to Estacada for the warm welcome. We're proud to be a part of this wonderful community. Over the next year we'll continue providing compassionate, quality care to patients of all ages, while also expanding the types of insurances we accept and the range of services offered."

Informational meetings scheduled on Medicare

An informational meeting for those interested in enrolling or re-enrolling in Medicare will be held at the Estacada Community Center next week. The free event, organized by the Clackamas County Volunteer Connection SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance) Program, will feature a presentation on the basics of Medicare and an enrollment workshop. It is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 11, with the presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by individual counseling from 12:45-3:30 p.m. Appointments for one-on-one counseling with SHIBA volunteers can be made by calling 503 655-8269 extension 4.

Medicare open enrollment is from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, officials from SHIBA noted, so those interested in changing, enrolling or renewing their plan should do so soon. Those unable to attend the upcoming presentation in Estacada can call 503 655-8269 extension 4 for assistance.

County hospital group seeks six volunteers

Last week, Clackamas County leaders announced the relaunch of the Hospital Facility Authority of Clackamas County Board. The group, which has been inactive for several years, has openings for six volunteers who will be joined by one Clackamas County Commissioner. Among other duties, the board decides whether it is appropriate to issue bonds for construction and expansion of hospital facilities and other health services and elderly care facilities.

A knowledge of revenue bonds, health care services or long-term care facilities will be needed.

The open positions with the group range in length from two to four years. Meetings will be held at least quarterly, and more often as requests for consideration are received.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 13. An online application is available at, and paper applications can be retried from the county's Public and Government Affairs Department at 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City.

For more information, contact Marc Gonzales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-742-5405.

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