New county health clinic promises holistic care
When a new campus was built for students attending Sandy High School, the community also gained a source of health services it had been lacking. For the past eight years, a section of the building has served as a school-based health clinic for students and the community at large. Those services are adjunct to the district and provided through the Clackamas County Health Department.
Now the county is looking to expand its efforts and services in Sandy with a new, more comprehensive clinic in the location of the old Oregon Harvest building neighboring the Sandy Police Department.
"It's really our desire to find a location where we could offer full-time care," said Clackamas County Health Department Director Deborah Cockrell.
As is, the school-based clinic is available to students during school hours and open to the public from 3-8 p.m.
The county is hoping by summer of 2020 to offer primary care, behavioral health services and dental services at the new proposed clinic. At that time, the school-based clinic will cease primary care services for the general public, but still offer full care to students during school hours. The behavioral health center currently located in the Frontier building on Pioneer Boulevard will move to the new building as well.
"We're putting a lot into that small building," Cockrell said.
The center will offer care to those on the Oregon Health Plan or who are uninsured.
"We know from our data there is a substantial Medicaid population in the Sandy area, so we saw this was an opportunity to provide high-quality primary, behavioral and dental care (to an area in need)," Cockrell said. "We really put the patient at the center of what we do. We expect the quality of care to be equal to what our family would receive."
Once open, the Sandy center is expected to have 13-15 clinicians on staff, with one full-time primary care physician, one full-time dentist and one full-time hygienist to start. Hours are projected to be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
"Having all of those services co-located will really help us integrate and make it about whole-person care," Cockrell explained. "On the primary-care side we're building to grow. I think the community of Sandy will be pleased with what we have to offer there."
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