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Tigard healthcare clinic closes (and Washington County argues it's a good sign)


The county health clinic in Tigard at 15296 S.W. Royalty Parkway will stop seeing patients on Wednesday, Washington County Health Services announced this week.

At that point, patients will be redirected to the Hillsboro or Beaverton clinics, or encouraged to seek the services of a primary care provider, officials said.

The clinics provide vaccines, HIV and sexually transmitted disease testing and a teen clinic, as well as family planning and reproductive health resources.

According to county officials, the Tigard clinic has had the lowest traffic of the three locations since it opened its doors in 2002. The Tigard location saw less than half the number of patients Hillsboro did, and the Beaverton location had the highest number of patient visits — 6,338 in 2012

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program participants will be referred to a new location at the Hilltop Business Center, 7360 S.W. Hunziker Road, when it opens in middle to late November, county officials said.

Washington County Public Health Division Manager Kathleen O’Leary argued that the shuttering of the Tigard clinic might be a positive indicator of increased health care coverage among residents.

“More people having health insurance should translate into more people visiting their primary care providers,” O’Leary said. “This is a good thing in terms of continuity of care.”

County health officials expect demand for clinic services to decrease further as the Affordable Care Act begins to take effect next year.

To make a clinic appointment, call 503-846-8851. To make a WIC appointment, call 503-846-3555.