One of the more intriguing features of Legacy Medical Group’s newly opened Cornell clinic is a contraption called the “VertiMax,” a system of straps and bungee-like cords that create resistance to, well, almost any part of the body one can freely move.

“You can do pretty much anything you can imagine,” said Tom Lyttle, a physical therapist at the clinic’s sports medicine center, demonstrating the system by jumping up and down while tethered at his arms and waist. “You can do a full range of motion and have the resistance (level) not change. It helps improve your strength, just like lifting weights.”

The machine is one of several unique features — including a golf-swing cage and video running-analysis equipment — in the clinic’s mini-gym. The equipment exemplifies the range of cutting-edge services the multi-faceted clinic seeks to provide.

Located in a two-story suite at 1960 N.W. 167th Place, a spot formerly occupied by Metropolitan Pediatrics, the Legacy Medical Group — Cornell clinic complex opened its doors on Tuesday. A grand opening event for the general public is scheduled for Friday, May 17, at 7:00 a.m.

Featuring an electronic kiosk allowing patients to check themselves in, the complex encompasses primary care for all ages, specialty pediatric care, orthopedics, foot and ankle experts and X-Ray services. Legacy’s Randall Children’s Specialty Clinics will provide rheumatology, diabetes and endocrine services.

In addition to physical therapy and rehabilitation, the aforementioned sports medicine center focuses on athletic training, injury prevention and performance evaluations, including bike fittings as well as running and golf-swing analyses. A pediatrics-oriented urgent care center will open for evening hours beginning this summer.

Legacy started planning the clinic complex about a year ago, and remodeling of the two-story building started this past November.

The Bethany-area clinic, which includes 29 employees, is one of two Legacy Medical Group is opening this month, marking the Portland-based health-care provider’s first physical presence on the Westside. The Forest Heights clinic is located at 2127 N.W. Miller Road in Portland.

MaryLee Morris, R.N., director of Legacy’s primary care clinics, said the facility allows Legacy to broaden its Portland-area offerings while providing Beaverton and Washington County residents with a multi-faceted health-care option.

“I see this as bringing health care to the (Westside) community, and closer to the homes of patients we serve, which is part of Legacy’s mission,” she said. “Having a Legacy presence in Beaverton gives this community another choice in health care.”

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