For nearly four decades, the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center has been dedicated to improving the health of our region’s most vulnerable residents. We currently operate 14 health care service locations in Washington and Yamhill counties and in February of this year, we began serving patients at our newest clinic in Newberg.May 28 guest opinion

This new location will allow us to provide high quality care to thousands of low-income families in Newberg.

For the past few months, our health care team has been providing care out of a temporary space while build out of the clinic is completed. The permanent clinic will open this week and later this summer we will begin offering dental services in the adjacent office.

At all of the Virginia Garcia clinics, our health care teams work to establish low-income patients within an integrated, patient-centered medical home that provides quality medical, mental and behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, dental and outreach services.

The need for these services in northeastern Yamhill County is great and growing.

The Newberg Clinic will serve approximately 2,400 patients each year and provide a comprehensive health care home that includes team-based primary and oral health care. The multi-disciplinary site offers access to mental health and addiction services provided by Yamhill County Health and Human Services and WIC services provided by Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.

Although the Affordable Care Act has dramatically improved access to insurance for many thousands of Oregonians, large portions of the state’s farmworker population are still not going to be covered.

The Newberg Clinic will facilitate mobile health care and outreach programs to farmworkers at nearby migrant camps, commercial nurseries and vineyards, providing education and clinical services to families where they live and work.

While we have served Newberg area residents at our other clinics for decades, all of us at Virginia Garcia are excited to be part of the Newberg community. The new clinic is located at 2551 E. Hancock St. in Newberg. If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop in and say hello.

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