Health care facility timeline on target
The west edge of Woodburn is one of the busiest areas of town this early fall as contractors and construction crews lock into the home stretch of the ongoing project to build a Salem Health Clinic right off the freeway.
The clinic is on track to finish within its deadline as plans are to have the new facility up and running by the first of the year – January 2020.
"We're gonna' be done, no matter what," said Andrew Stanton, the project supervisor with Turner Construction out of Portland.
Salem Health has offered limited services in the area since May of 2018 when the modular clinic opened: family practices and same-day appointments for some ailments, such as injuries, sprains, cuts, asthma, skin irritations and vomiting. The health-care organization has opened similar satellite operations in Dallas, Monmouth and Independence.
The new facility will open with some 31,000 square feet of health-care property as it will replace the 2,800 square-foot modular currently on site, and the services provided should far supersede what is available now as well.
"Our goal is to serve Woodburn and a lot of the smaller communities around here so that people are not having to travel so much (for health care)," said Lee Espey, the new clinic's site administrator.
The site has served patients from surrounding areas, such as Wilsonville, Canby, St. Paul, Aurora and Hubbard. Espey said they also have agreements with other health care providers not under the Salem Health fold where they can attend to their patients if needed.
The current modular building will be removed to make way for parking. Plans are to have a full spectrum of primary care along with urgent care and services that are currently referred elsewhere, such as ultrasounds, imaging, x-rays, CT scans, mammograms and lab services.
With the new building's outer casing intact, Espey described the internal accommodations coming together, designed for smoother operations for the care givers and more comfortable surroundings for the patients – and ideally less waiting time.
Through the operations of the current temporary clinic, Salem Health has empaneled roughly 900 patients who attend this site for health care, and that number is expected to grow considerably. Espey said a required "culturally appropriate" feature of the site is bilingual abilities of all employees; they are tested for Spanish in the same way they are tested for the necessary medical terminology.
Salem Health coordinators are working with Woodburn Chamber of Commerce to establish a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening, something they hope to coincide with Love Santa, Inc. event.
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