Residents are invited to join on Thursday as La Clinica and partners turn the first shovelful of dirt on a project that will bring greater access to acute care services to Medford in 2024.
The groundbreaking event is set from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at La Clinica Acute Care Clinic, 616 Market St. Participants will be able to tour the existing clinic and take in plans for the expansion, which will almost quadruple the size of the facility. Refreshments are planned.
In the project, La Clinica will remodel the existing 2,728-square-foot clinic building and construct a new 7,038-square-foot clinic across the driveway from it. The spaces will contain exam rooms, plus a drive-up pharmacy, La Clinica’s first x-ray services, a procedure room with ultrasound services, and a lab where test results can be produced quickly. Two exam rooms will be specially equipped to prevent airborne infections and increase disaster preparedness capabilities. The expansion is expected to open by June 2024.
“I believe this project is crucial to caring for the well-being and health of our community, particularly those most in need,” said Dave Dotterrer, a Jackson County commissioner who is serving on La Clinica’s project steering committee. “That’s the niche La Clinica fills very well.”
La Clinica is in the early stages of a $4.4 million community fundraising campaign to cover the costs of the expansion, aimed at improving the Rogue Valley’s capacity to respond to emergencies and giving patients an alternative to hospital emergency room care. People interested in contributing can learn more at Thursday’s event or online at https://laclinicahealth.org/about/donate/acute-care-clinic/. Online donations can be made here: https://laclinicahealth.org/donate-today/.
La Clinica opened the original Acute Care Clinic, a remodeled storage building, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients with respiratory symptoms first were seen in a wing of the nearby Wellness Center, and that care transitioned to the standalone building once remodeling was complete. Organizational leaders had long envisioned a larger clinic designed both to address emergencies and meet a community demand for same-day care.
Project partners include Outlier Construction, KSW Architects, and Heartisan Films.
Contact: Julie Wurth, communications officer, 541-512-3153 or 541-840-6513, email@example.com
About La Clinica
La Clinica offers wellness-focused medical, dental, mental health, and substance use disorder care at 29 sites: six primary health centers, an Acute Care Clinic, East Medford Dental Clinic, 19 school-based centers, a mobile center, and a learning center. Although its mission focuses on providing access to low-income people, La Clinica is open to everyone. La Clinica was founded in 1989 to serve the primary and preventive care needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers in Jackson County. In 2001, in response to an increasing need for affordable primary health, La Clinica expanded its scope to serve every member of the community. All services are offered regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, and on a sliding-scale basis for the uninsured and low income.