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The 19,000 square foot gastroenterology business located on Providence Drive

GARY ALLEN - The Oregon Clinic moved into its gleaming metal and wood structure on Sept. 24.

The new Oregon Clinic is ready to see clients at its newly constructed 19,000-square-foot building on 879 Providence Drive.

The fully functional clinic, which specializes in gastroenterology, opened Sept. 24 to start seeing patients. Although the clinic has been around in Newberg since 2006, previously housed within Providence Newberg Medical Center, the expansion allows the facility to have a larger presence.

"We're thrilled to give our patients more options and easier access to care," Dr. Jeff Douglass, a gastroenterologist, said in a press release. "This new facility will enable more people to get timely colonoscopies and the care they need, right in the community where they live."

The clinic has the capacity to see between 15,000 and 20,000 patients each year with a staff of at least seven gastroenterologists. Specialists housed at the clinic will diagnose and care for a range of digestive diseases and symptoms, including abdominal pain and bowel difficulties, reflux, swallowing problems, hepatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, swallowing problems, liver and pancreatic problems, and more.

Administrators realized they needed to expand the clinic when the Tualatin gastroenterology office was operating at full capacity and the wait for patients was getting longer. The new clinic will shorten the waiting times for appointments while seeing more patients locally. The clinic also serves patients from the Oregon coast and the greater Yamhill County area.

The expansion will expand access to colon cancer screening and prevention with colonoscopies. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends all adults get screened for colon cancer starting at 50 or sooner for those with a family history or high risk. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States.

Yamhill County has been an underserved area with 55 percent of adults in Yamhill County current on their screenings. Washington and Clackamas counties are at 72 percent and 73 percent, respectively, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

The new clinic will bring more than 20 jobs to Tualatin and Newberg; some Tualatin staff members will transfer to open positions in Newberg.

The Oregon Clinic is the largest private specialty physician practice in Oregon with 270 providers and more than 550,000 patients each year. The clinic started in 1994 in Portland and collaborates with primary care physicians and uses a team approach when reviewing health conditions. Currently they have 60 specialty clinic locations across northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.

To make an appointment at the new facility, call 503-692-3750.

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