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Orchid Health celebrates clinic opening

Orchid Health cuts the ribbon for the new Wade Creek clinic in Estacada this week, and is celebrating with free food and music from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.

At the grand opening event, at 535 N.E. 6th Ave., prospective patients can meet with Orchid Health’s three healthcare providers, as well as the community members who worked to bring the clinic to Estacada. The ribbon cutting at scheduled for 6 p.m.

The celebration will also feature a father-daughter DJ combo from Sandy, as well as games and small prizes for young ones.

The clinic officially opens to the public on Aug. 22, but already has a waiting list of 60 patients.

The Wade Creek clinic opens in the wake of a successful trial in Oakridge, a small community in Lane County targeted for Orchid Health’s first clinic. The Oakridge facility opened in 2014, and is serving more than 1,000 patients.

By searching Oregon health databases for communities with limited regional healthcare access, Orchid Health co-founders Oliver Alexander and Orion Falvey selected Estacada as the second site for their primary care model. Although the community is less than an hour from Portland by car, Estacada’s health profile takes on a rural appearance.

“That’s how we knew the need was here,” Alexander said. “Then we started reaching out to members of the community and were just very warmly received, so that’s how we knew it was the right fit.”

Orchid Health will offer full primary care, as well as same day urgent care appointments.

The clinic that Orchid Health has taken over was previously operated by Legacy Health. According to Alexander, the old clinic was open sporadically, and the community had little knowledge of its services.

Orchid Health is accepting new patients of all ages, and most health insurance providers, including Family Care, Health Share and Care Oregon. The clinic has also partnered with Kaiser Permanente to accept Kaiser health insurance patients.

“We’re looking forward to getting our doors open and getting the care to where it’s needed,” Alexander said.