Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pacific Welcomes a New Clinic- Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Braving the dreary fall weather, hundreds of supporters and community members crowded on the corner of Adair and 12th Avenue in Cornelius last Friday to observe the Grand Opening Celebration of The Virginia Garcia Cornelius Wellness Center. After three long years of construction, design, and preparation, the community was beyond ready to welcome this new staple to Washington County healthcare. Combating the light rain, Portland Mariachi engaged the audience with festive tunes, successfully warming up the crowd. 

Kathleen O’Leary, a Board Member for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, gently hushed the spectators and provided an introduction for the clinic. Among the prominent speakers at the event (Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Councilor Kathryn Harrington, and Mayor of Cornelius Jef Dalin!) was one of Pacific’s own—Dean Dr. Jenny Smythe. Dr. Smythe was present to announce her excitement for Pacific’s new EyeCare clinic housed in the Wellness Center! 

Clinic view from sidewalk

Barb Colter, Director of Clinical Operations for PUCO 

As you may know, Pacific prides itself on patient-centered education, enabling PUCO students to flourish into flexible and personable clinicians. This new clinic allows for those positive patient relationships we encourage to develop through the mission of Virginia Garcia;
To provide high-quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill Counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving healthcare.
Along with the high quality care that the patients receive, students and doctors can also directly benefit from this clinic with the innovative technology present!

4th year optometry student providing demonstrations for visitors

Below, we see Dr. Kenneth Eakland with an Optovue Inc. iVue, deemed the first true World OCT, and quite the technological gift for Pacific. This is another example of Pacific’s commitment to providing the best technology for our students, practitioners and patients!

Among a variety of resources this clinic houses a primary care facility, mental health services, pharmacy, physical therapy services, fully encompassing its title as a “wellness center” by utilizing a whole patient model. The center also includes a community garden and test kitchen space, integrating an entirely new level of promoting healthy living. During the Reception & Tour portion of the Ribbon Cutting ceremony, the Center offered free PT exams, healthy cooking demonstrations and Zumba classes as an example of what will be available to the community! 

As its mission encompasses the idea of total healthcare, the Wellness Center did not fail to remember the health of the surrounding environment! A rain garden in the Northeast section of the campus provides a filtration system to break down pollutants naturally, and includes a rain collection pipe that facilitates water flow to a retention garden.This feature is also synonymous with Pacific University's commitment to sustainability, only enhancing our relationship with the community and this fantastic new center!

Only time will tell how large of an influence the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center will have on the community, but we believe that it will be nothing short of incredible!

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