Orchid Health connects with patients during wildfires
In the aftermath of multiple wildfires around Oregon, Orchid Health is committed to patient support.
Along with the Wade Creek Clinic in Estacada, Orchid also has locations in Oakridge and McKenzie River. The Blue River Clinic in McKenzie River was lost to the Holiday Farm Fire.
"Our deepest sympathy is with our staff, families, and community members who have been affected by the wildfires," said Orion Falvey, executive director and co-founder of Orchid Health. "We hope by proactively reaching out to patients, we can help prevent any long-term effects someone may have from not having access to their regular care."
Orchid's Wade Creek Clinic, 535 N.E. Sixth Ave., is open for virtual services, or in-person visits on a case-by-case basis. Clinic staff are calling to check in with high-risk patients, who may need services like insulin refills, respiratory support, and mental or emotional support.
"We know that there are a lot of people who feel uncertain right now," said Jennifer Checkis, a behavioral health specialist. "It's been important for us to reach out to certain patient populations to offer the correct services. This can be from group mental health counseling to a mobile visit for an immunization ... We see a much easier transition after a crisis when members have a community."
Orchid Health staff said they feel prepared to support the Estacada community during this time. To connect with services, patients can call 503-630-8550.
"This is a community that has joined together to help find ways to support each other. We're grateful to be part of the recovery process," Falvey said.
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