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Salem Health opens clinic to address health care shortfall in Mid-Willamette Valley

PATRICK EVANS - The crowd at the ribbon cutting for Salem Health's Woodburn clinic May included County Commissioner Kevin Cameron, Woodburn Mayor Kathy Figley and House District Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon.Salem Health opened the doors of a new clinic in Woodburn Friday morning. The clinic is located at Woodburn Station in west Woodburn, and focuses on family medicine and same-day appointments.

The clinic is only a temporary operation until construction is finished on a larger permanent clinic in the same center. Salem Health decided a Woodburn clinic was necessary in response to a short supply of health care in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Salem Health CEO Cheryl Nester Wolfe said that the organization hopes to have 12 to 15 providers and a full range of services, including lab work and imaging, when construction finishes on the permanent clinic location.

"Care for the community is what I think about when I get up in the morning and when I go to bed at night," Nester Wolfe said.

Salem Health Chief Operating Officer Bahha Wanly said that the clinic was part of an effort to play a larger role in the community and better address the community's needs.

The key medical staff at the clinic are David Lee, M.D., and Monica Henderson, family nurse practitioner.

"It will be cool to be here for families and to work with people who have a heart for rural health," Henderson said.

The temporary clinic offers wellness exams, physicals, immunizations, care for common illnesses, and management of chronic conditions.

Patrick Evans

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