Health care — Newberg location of Virginia Garcia Clinic selected, ready for construction

The new Virginia Garcia Clinic will open March 1, with renovations of the 2251 E. Hancock St. location underway.

“It’s a tenant buildout, the building already exists, we’re basically outfitting it for the clinic,” said Mike Westling, public relations and marketing officer for Virginia Garcia. “We’re moving forward and excited to open in March.”

Westling said the clinic opening March 1 will be the temporary medical clinic, opening in the dental space. May 5 the medical clinic will open in its permanent space, with the permanent dental clinic opening mid-July.

The Newberg clinic was one of 236 health care centers across the United States to receive a portion of $150 million in grants, which amounted to $150,000 for start-up costs and $600,000 for operations.

Westling said the clinic will host not only medical and dental services, but a variety of others as well.

“It will be a one stop shop,” he said, with services including behavioral and mental health, vision, a pharmacy and outreach services. “One of the other exciting things about the clinic is an outpost for services to migrant and seasonal worker camps. We’ll be a lot closer to the people who need services the most.”

The clinic is primarily for low-income patients.

“Usually a large portion of patients come through the Oregon Health Plan. It’s not a walk-in clinic, it’s kind of a primary care office,” Westling said. “They will have a regular doctor. If you’re not assigned to Virginia Garcia through the health plan, then we do have a waiting list for Virginia Garcia patients.”

Westling said the clinic will serve about 2,400 patients a year once opened. The building will need a variety of things, including new walls and all necessary equipment and furniture set up.

“This is a giant step in the right direction to increase affordable access to health care in Newberg,” said Lori Van Zanten, CEO of Providence Newberg Medical Center. “The new clinic will enhance the health of our county and enable Virginia Garcia to continue their amazing work.”

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