Orchid Health co-founder honored by Office of Rural Health
The co-founder of an Estacada-based health clinic has been named the Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year.
Orchid Health co-founder Orion Falvey received the award from the Oregon Office of Rural Health on Thursday, Nov. 19. It honors a person, program or organization that has improved the quality and availability of health care in the state's rural communities.
Orchid Health's first location opened in Oakridge in 2014. Two years later, Orchid's Wade Creek Clinic opened in Estacada and received the school-based health clinic of the year award in 2018. In 2019, a third clinic opened in Blue River.
"The award honors Falvey's efforts to make health care accessible to all. The local clinics are known for creating and leading community events, fundraisers and donation drives," a press release stated. "In 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Orchid Health retained all their employees and offered free telehealth visits to any resident. When the Holiday Farm Fire broke out in the McKenzie River Valley and Orchid Health lost their third clinic, Falvey committed to care in the valley by organizing team members and partnering with local organizations to provide a mobile clinic."
Falvey praised Orchid Health's employees for their role in supporting the communities they serve.
"It all starts with employee happiness, cultivating the same compassion, and is only made possible because of the efforts of our team. It truly goes to them first," he said.
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