Astoria's Columbia Memorial Hospital is expanding services offering it's first facility outside city limits with the introduction of a clinic in Warrenton in a high profile location on Highway 101.  Several years ago Seaside Providence Hospital opened a clinic in Youngs Bay Plaza and CHM now steps up with it's own extension that will offer primary care physicians and target medicare and medicaid patients.  By next month CMH will add Urgent Care servicesat the new location.  The Hospital issued a news release detailing the project


Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) hopes to make it easier for area residents to find a local primary care provider.
In particular, CMH hopes its new primary care and urgent care clinic, located in the Warrenton Highlands Business Park, will help those individuals currently on Medicare or Medicaid access healthcare services.
The CMH Medical Group is holding a public block party on July 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to celebrate the grand opening of the CMH Primary Care and Urgent Care Clinic. The new clinic offers primary care services for adult patients (16-years-old and older), a walk-in urgent care for all ages, as well as on-site laboratory and x-ray services.
"We know that the more access to primary care people have, the better the health of the community overall," said Ken Boucher, CMH's Chief Operating Officer and Medical Group director.
Seeing a primary care provider regularly is important for everyone, even those people who seem to be in great health. "Primary care providers catch silent conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and thyroid disease before they become bigger health problems," Boucher said.
According to Erik Thorsen, CMH Chief Executive Officer, CMH opened the clinic as part of its mission to provide high-quality, local care to the residents of the Lower Columbia Region. The need to improve access to primary care was made clear through community surveys, calls received on the CMH Referral Line and comments from other local healthcare providers.
Internal Medicine physician Brian Cox, MD, currently sees patients Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boucher anticipates that the clinic will log 5,000 to 6,000 primary care patient visits per year. CMH plans to expand the services offered at this location in August 2013 to include a CMH Urgent Care Clinic.
The clinic accepts most insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. "For folks that are not insured, our services are offered on a sliding scale," Boucher said.
The CMH Primary Care and Urgent Care Clinic is conveniently located off of U.S. Highway 101, in the Warrenton Highlands Business Park, near Staples and Petco, at 1639 SE Ensign Lane, Suite B101, Warrenton, Ore. For more information or to make an appointment, call 503-338-4500.

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