Open house Feb. 16 for medical clinic in Butte Falls

Community Health Center will host an open house on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 3-6p.m. for  the  new medical clinic in Butte Falls. The open house will feature health center tours and refreshments plus free blood pressure screenings and flu shots for community members. Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal or doll for a “Teddy Bear Check-up” with the medical staff.

Located at 722 Laurel Ave. in Butte Falls, the new 1,586 sq. ft. clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and includes laboratory services for patient convenience. The clinic is closed the 2nd Wednesday each month from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Community Health Center welcomes patients young and old to learn more about its compassionate, affordable approach to primary and preventive health care.

“It is so exciting to show our new medical home to the community,” says Rebecca Vose, PA-C, medical provider for the clinic. “Butte Falls has been so welcoming to us. Everyone is excited about having in town access to medical care.”

For many generations, the timber industry was the economic backbone of Butte Falls. “We know that many families are challenged by unemployment or under-employment and must carefully manage household resources. Given the current price of gasoline, traveling long distances to secure needed health care services only adds to families’ stress factors. We are pleased improve access to high quality, timely, and patient-centered health care services for an area that has long struggled to find a way to access these services on an affordable and sustainable basis,” says Peg Crowley, Community Health Center’s Executive Director.

The new clinic in Butte Falls is a full service delivery site providing sliding-fee scheduled primary and preventive health care services to an estimated 2,634 rural residents. Opening of the clinic was made possible thanks to a Federal Bureau of Primary Health Care grant award. “Without the support of th community, the vision and leadership of the Butte Falls School Board, opening this clinic would not have become a reality,” says Crowley.

Community Health Center (CHC), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, opened its doors in 1972 and operates under a mission to “promote the health of low-income, working uninsured and other vulnerable, children and adults in Jackson County, Oregon.” As a facility with distinction as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Community Health Center provides healthcare services to all segments of the community and offers patients a wide selection of payment options, including private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and sliding fee scales for those without insurance who qualify. CHC has clinics in Ashland, Medford, White City and now in Butte Falls. CHC opened a School-Based Health Center at Eagle Point High School in January, 2011.

To learn more about Community Health Center in Butte Falls, or to make an appointment at the Butte Falls health center, please call 541-842-7799. Information is also available at www.communityhealthcenter.org.

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