Southwest Community Health Center to close Portland clinic
The Southwest Community Health Center in Multnomah Village is closing. Patients who receive health care services there will be asked to make the transition to the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.
The transition for more than 7,000 patients will begin in September, with a goal of having all patients established with Virginia Garcia by the end of November. The health center is expected to be shuttered at that time.
"The changing nature of the health care landscape has made it necessary for us to find a more permanent and comprehensive primary care option for our patients," said Samira Godil, executive director of the health center. "Our patients deserve access to services beyond medical visits, including dental, mental health, pharmacy and vision. Virginia Garcia has the resources available to provide this expansive care."
Virginia Garcia operates health centers throughout Washington and Yamhill counties, including school-based health centers.
The Southwest Community Health Center opened its clinic at 7754 S.W. Capitol Highway in 2005 and serves the area's low-income uninsured population. The clinic provides acute care as well as primary care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and depression. Specialty women's health services and partnerships with local community resources have been added over the years for patients who don't have alternative access to comprehensive medical care.
Virginia Garcia serves a similar population.
Beginning in September, Virginia Garcia will provide on-site staff at the center to help patients register for services, and — for those who are eligible — to sign up for Medicaid.
Most existing patients will transfer to Virginia Garcia's Beaverton Wellness Center, officials said.
"We thank Southwest Community Health Center and their many volunteers who have provided a wonderful service for the community," said Gil Muñoz, chief executive officer of Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. "Virginia Garcia is committed to ensuring no patient falls through the cracks and we will work carefully with Southwest Community Health Center to ensure a smooth transition."
"Patients moving to their new medical care homes should experience uninterrupted care in a familiar setting," according to a press release.