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Dr. Richard Steinberg of Woodburn Pediatric Clinic honored with 2018 Oregon Rural Health Hero Award

Dr. Richard Steinberg of Woodburn Pediatric Clinic has been awarded Honorable Mention for the 2018 Oregon Rural Health Hero Award.

COURTESY PHOTO - Dr. Richard SteinbergSteinberg was presented with the award on Sept. 27.

The Oregon Rural Health Hero Award recognizes an individual, provider, practice or community for making an exceptional contribution to improving the quality of life for rural Oregonians. Awardees were selected by the Oregon Office of Rural Health.

Steinberg is founder, managing partner and behavioral health provider at Woodburn Pediatric Clinic on Progress Way in Woodburn. He has been practicing in Woodburn since 1975, when he moved from New York.

"In a world where it is easy to chase the money in health care, he chases the wellness of his patient population," wrote John R. Reeves III, acting clinic director, in the nomination for Steinberg.

Steinberg, who grew from a single-doctor storefront practice in downtown Woodburn to a multidiscipline 10-provider practice in an expandable building, has worked with three generations of the Woodburn community.

"We will be sitting in a meeting, discussing something like a patient care plan, and he will often recall that the grandma of the child has the very same diagnosis in 1982," Reeves said.

The nomination stated that about 10 years ago, Steinberg saw the need to reinvent his practice to increase the focus on mental health. Today, he sees many behavioral health patients.

"Many of these patients have nowhere else to go, as many organizations in the area are either facing capacity issues, or simply shy away from treating patients without a means of payment," Reeves wrote.

Additionally, Steinberg conducts parent meetings for 12 to 25 families, held after hours and covering behavioral health topics. He also provides office space for a monthly nutrition class.

"This is really the epitome of Dr. Steinberg. ... There is no second thought about financial cost or gain, rather if it has the potential to impact for the positive, then it is to be considered."

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