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Virginia Garcia clinic officially open for business
Dental component of clinic will open in a few weeks
At the grand opening of the Newberg Virginia Garcia Health Clinic Thursday, the commitment to providing affordable healthcare was reinvigorated.
Joined by a handful of community members in the clinics parking lot, Virginia Garcia CEO Gil Muñoz, Newberg Mayor Bob Andrews and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici spoke prior to the ribbon cutting.
While we have served Newberg area residents at our other clinics for decades, all of us at Virginia Garcia are excited to be part of the Newberg community, Muñoz said. By providing primary, dental, pharmacy and mental health services in one location, this new clinic makes it easier for our patients to get the care they need.
He mentioned the many partners who made the clinic possible, including donations from A-dec Inc., which provided equipment for the dental clinic scheduled to open in a few weeks.
Andrews said he is pleased to welcome the facility to Newberg.
Virginia Garcias new clinic is an outstanding asset for our community, he said. This facility has created employment opportunities here in Newberg and is serving folks who had to drive 30 minutes or more for an appointment or just not receiving care at all.
Bonamici shared the sentiment as well.
I am committed to improving access to quality, affordable health care for all Oregonians, and Virginia Garcias new clinic in Newberg will expand access in this community, she said. This clinic will provide a medical home where thousands of people can get primary care, which will reduce chronic disease and avoid costly emergency room visits.
The health clinic, located at 2251 E. Hancock St., will serve approximately 2,400 low-income patients a year. The medical component opened in May and the dental clinic was scheduled to open earlier this month, but construction delays pushed that date back to later this month.