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Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic wellness center is three times the size of the old clinic, and within five years, it will enable the staff to see 50 percent more patients.

PHOTO COURTESY U.S. REP. SUZANNE BONAMICI - U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, in blue, takes part in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new Beaverton Wellness Center of Virginia Garcia Memorial Health CenterU.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici was the keynote speaker at the ceremonial opening of Virginia Garcia's new Beaverton Wellness Clinic.

The clinic's opening festivities took place Aug. 10 and 11, just before the observance this week of National Health Center Week.

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center has opened a clinic at 2725 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd., Suite 200, that is three times the size of the clinic it has had in Beaverton since 2004. It runs several clinics and programs in Washington and Yamhill counties, both of which are in Bonamici's 1st Congressional District.

"As a mother and a policymaker, I know that every family needs access to quality, affordable health care," Bonamici said. "Congratulations to Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center for growing and expanding services with the new Beaverton Wellness Center.

"Community health centers make our families and our communities healthier and stronger, and they provide a safe place for access to health care for those who might otherwise go without. I will keep fighting to protect access to affordable health care for all children and families."

Within five years, the larger clinic will enable Virginia Garcia to increase the number of patients served in the Beaverton area from 12,000 to 18,000 annually.

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