Banks – Adventist Health opened the doors today to their health clinic and urgent care facility in the Oak Village shopping center, near Jim’s Thriftway.
It’s the only health clinic in Banks, and the only urgent care facility in this region of far west Washington County.
At the clinic, which welcomes both patients with appointments and walk-in patients, a visitor can meet with a primary care physician, receive urgent care, get an x-ray, undergo a variety of tests at a “moderate complexity” lab, get an immunization, and much more. The clinic accepts all forms of insurance, and won’t turn anyone away who can’t afford healthcare, or if they don’t have health insurance.
“We provide care to everybody, regardless of their ability to pay.” says Eric Swanson, Executive Director of Strategy & Business Development with Adventist Health Tillamook Regional Medical Center.
In Washington County, about 11% of residents were uninsured in 2017, according to the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute.
The new clinic, located where Curves used to be between Main Street Pizza and Oriental Garden, doesn’t look like much yet from the outside – though signage will be going up shortly to direct patients to the facility. Inside, however, it’s a lot bigger than it looks. Six exam rooms, a lab, an x-ray room, offices, a break room and more fill what used to be two suites in the shopping center.
The clinic is staffed by a primary care provider, a second provider, and soon a family nurse practitioner who will work at the Banks clinic and also at a similar facility in Estacada. An x-ray technician and several other support staff round out the employees of the clinic, which right now is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, though the clinic plans to expand the hours and add weekend times as well.
Adventist Health operates eight other rural health clinics in NW Oregon, most located on the Oregon Coast, with one in Vernonia, Hoodland, and Estacada.
Next door, Phil Darrah, owner of Banks Pharmacy, is happy to have new neighbors.
“It’s a great thing for Banks,” Darrah says. He serves on the Vernonia Health Board, which selected Adventist Health to run a clinic in Vernonia last July. “We think they’re pretty good.”
“We’re focused on rural healthcare.” says Swanson. “That’s where we’re experts.”
Swanson says the clinic plans to be in the Banks community for the long run – they’ve spent more than $1.3 million in construction and all-new equipment at the facility, and they’re not quite done – during an interview held at the facility, contractors were still working 15 minutes before the first patient walked in at 10 a.m.
“We’re glad to be in the Banks community.” says Swanson. “We intend to be here for the lang haul.”
To schedule an appointment at the clinic, patients can call the scheduling number at the Tillamook Regional Medical Center at 503-815-2292.
Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, according to a statement supplied by Swanson. They operate in Oregon, California, and Hawaii with more than 24,600 employees, 5,000 medical staff physicians, and 3,700 volunteers. The group operates 19 hospitals, more than 280 clinics, and more than a dozen other affiliated healthcare facilities.
Sources and more information:
Washington County health information
Vernonia Health Clinic announcement
Eric Swanson, Adventist Health Tillamook Regional Medical Center.
Mary Faith Bell, Adventist Health Tillamook Regional Medical Center.