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  • LaClinica to open new health clinic

    The health care provider will open in spring 2015 in a former post office building on Biddle Road in Medford
  • Low-cost health care provider La Clinica will open a new health clinic at the site of a former post office distribution center in Medford.
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  • Low-cost health care provider La Clinica will open a new health clinic at the site of a former post office distribution center in Medford.
    Set to open in spring 2015, the clinic will be housed in the larger of the two buildings on the 2.9-acre site at 730 Biddle Road. The 6,000-square-foot former postal building will be renovated beginning in August.
    In addition to 15 medical exam rooms and administrative space, the new center will provide space for community partners who promote preventive and complementary care. The project will cost $4.5 million, with funding coming from a variety of sources.
    Julie Wurth, La Clinica's communications director, said this will be the agency's first center designed to offer preventive and complementary care.
    "We provide some unusual services at our centers, but this will be the first one that will include services like nutrition and acupuncture and physical therapy," Wurth said.
    La Clinica chief executive Brenda Johnson said many of the clinic's patients who are uninsured or have low incomes don't have access to routine complementary care, such as physical therapy or chiropractic support.
    "We think it will really help their overall health and well-being," Johnson said.
    La Clinica officials anticipate 5,000 new patients by the end of 2015 because of the expansion of the Oregon Health Plan. Last year, La Clinica had 115,055 visits from patients, and it currently operates 14 community and school-based health care centers, plus a mobile clinic, in Jackson County.
    Johnson said she "couldn't be happier" about the new center.
    "I'm looking forward to how patients will feel when they receive the kind of care that they really need," Johnson said. "Seeing it on their faces, hearing the stories from staff about how they've improved their health and feeling like I've been a small part of that."
    La Clinica was founded in 1988 to provide health care for migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families, but later expanded its mission to the entire community, with a focus on serving low-income patients. Last year it served one in 10 Jackson County residents.
    There will be an open house from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at the Biddle Road site to see the initial plans for the clinic and to celebrate La Clinica's 25th anniversary.
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