Primary care facility with options for same-day appointments opens in west Woodburn in April

Salem Health is opening its first Woodburn clinic in spring 2018, officials from the organization announced. The clinic will, at least initially, have a focus on family medicine and same-day appointments and will be located in west Woodburn near the Woodburn Premium Outlets.

Salem Health, whose organization includes Salem Hospital, West Valley Hospital in Dallas and smaller medical clinics in Salem, Keizer, Dallas and Monmouth, will first open a temporary modular Woodburn clinic in April 2018, followed by the opening of a permanent health care clinic in 2019. The temporary clinic will be at Woodburn Station, which houses restaurants Starbucks, Chipotle and Nancy's Burgers and Fries, located at 105 Arney Road. The clinic will occupy Suite 120.

The decision to build a Woodburn clinic was influenced by a short supply of health care in the Mid-Willamette Valley, according to Salem Health.

"We have recognized for some time that because of Woodburn's unique location in the valley, residents needed access to additional doctors in the area," wrote Randy Rasmussen, the Woodburn clinic's site administrator. "This year, we have the ability to meet that need. We're starting off small with our temporary unit because we want to be sure we are providing services that Woodburn residents want and need, when they need it."

The first phase of construction, which includes the building of the temporary clinic, is underway and is currently scheduled to be done by April 9.

The clinic will employ two or three full-time doctors and will serve about 1,200 patients in its family medicine practice, according to Rasmussen. The temporary clinic will provide primary care to patients of all ages.

While the clinic won't be an urgent care facility during its initial phase, it will accommodate same-day appointments, which will allow patients to get help with "more pressing medical needs," Rasmussen wrote. In order to become an urgent care clinic, health care facilities must provide imaging and lab work services, which the temporary clinic will not be able to accommodate.

The same-day scheduling will accommodate about 22 to 26 patients per day, according to Rasmussen.

Along with its offering of same-day appointments, the clinic will allow patients to schedule appointments online.

"We will offer online scheduling and same-day appointments so that Woodburn residents have more options in choosing their health care providers," Rasmussen wrote.

And, when the permanent clinic opens in 2019, it is planned to provide more specialized health care.

"The second phase of construction, to be completed in 2019, will have additional health care services including imaging, women's care and more specialties," Rasmussen wrote. "We are eager to meet the needs of the community."

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