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Woodburn welcomes a new urgent-care provider with a Jan. 11 ribbon-cutting.

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Nova Health Vice President of Operations Stephanie Rhoades cuts the ribbon during the official grand opening of the Woodburn urgent-care facility on Jan. 11.A couple dozen Woodburn residents turned out to welcome Nova Health Urgent Care when the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Jan. 11 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The mix ranged from Woodburn School District Executive Secretary Jenne Marquez to Woodburn Ward 2 City Councilor Abi Swanson to Woodburn Foursquare Church Pastor Luis Molina, all on hand to roll out the welcome mat. The pastor even offered translation assistance should the medical facility need it.

Chamber Executive Director John Zobrist said the new clinic is an especially valuable tool as Woodburn has a substantial population of retirees and elderly-care facilities and is among the largest, if not the largest, city in Oregon that does not have a hospital.

"Our goal is to keep people out of the hospital," Nova Vice President of Operations Stephanie Rhoades told those on hand for the event.

Rhoades said the clinic, which is located at 2902 Tom Tennant Drive near I-5, between Denny's and Columbia Bank, wants to work collaboratively and holistically with the region's overall health care system. She added that the new clinic is Nova's 31st in the area.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Nova Health Vice President of Operations Stephanie Rhoades addresses a welcoming gathering at the medical provider's new urgent-care clinic Jan. 11 prior to a Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce hosted ribbon cutting.

The Nova website notes:

"When you don't feel well, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your provider has time to see you. Nova Health is proud to provide urgent care services so that you can receive quality, compassionate medical care on your schedule. You don't need an appointment to see a provider about your health needs — simply walk in."

Nova Health's headquarters is in Coburg, and most Nova urgent care facilities in Oregon are located farther south, including Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, Cottage Grove, Klamath Falls, Roseburg, Florence and North Bend. Willamette Valley locales are in McMinnville, Lebanon, Dallas and now Woodburn.

There are also Nova facilities in central and eastern Washington, Wyoming and one in Colorado.

The clinics also offer online check-in options. For information, visit novahealth.com.


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