One Community Health to Start $15.6M Replacement of Its Hood River Health Center

Public groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting celebration will honor community health care in the Gorge and recognize the health center’s revolutionary response to patient demand.

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Hood River, Ore., Aug. 8, 2018 — It’s official, not just a rumor. One Community Health (OCH) will soon break ground to replace its current health center in Hood River.

The groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremony, an invitation open to the public and media alike, takes place:

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 9:30-10 a.m.

849 Pacific Ave., Hood River, OR 97031

As indicated above, the future facility will be located just east of the current Hood River site and on the same property, which has served as OCH’s Hood River home since 1991.

For nearly three decades, the nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center in Hood River has continuously evolved to respond to the growing demands of whole-person health, offering dental care, residency, population health, mental/behavioral health and substance use programs. While all the enhancements around types of care and access to care have been incredibly beneficial for its patients throughout the Columbia River Gorge, OCH has long outgrown its current physical and operational space. It desperately needs a more modern, proactively designed health center to support its team-based approach to whole-person health care, not to mention plans for additional growth in staffing and services.

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“This building will be unlike any community health center in the nation, and we’re looking forward to sharing exactly why that is at our groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting celebration,” says Dave Edwards, OCH’s CEO. “The planning and design behind this building has been several years in the making, and we’re thrilled to have the approval from our board of directors and the City of Hood River to officially move forward with the groundbreaking and construction.”

Scott Edwards Architecture, the same firm that designed OCH’s building in The Dalles, has drawn up the sketches for the Hood River replacement site. However, unlike the The Dalles facility, which was grant-funded by Health Resources and Services Administration, OCH’s new facility in Hood River is funded by a USDA loan.

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“In light of our phenomenal growth, it’s become tough for our highly trained providers and staff to work in a space that was built 30 years ago and is dated, aesthetically and functionally,” Edwards says. “The low-interest loan makes this historic project more affordable. We appreciate the tremendous support and partnership of Key Bank for our interim (or construction) financing. We are also grateful to the USDA for our long-term financing. Without this support, the new building would not be possible. While the loans have to be paid back, we sincerely believe that as more people grasp the vision and impact of the project, donations and grants will help offset more of the costs.” 

As OCH’s mission is to advance health and social justice for all members of our community, this upcoming groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremony is an open invitation for all community members to come and join in on the celebration. Public and government leaders, as well as all local media, are equally urged to come witness a truly historic moment in community health care.

About One Community Health
One Community Health (OCH) is a nonprofit, Federally Qualified Health Center with locations in The Dalles and Hood River, Ore. Formerly known as La Clínica del Cariño Family Health Care Center, Inc., it was founded in 1986 and, today, has evolved into an official Patient-Centered Primary Care Home. OCH currently provides services to more than 12,000 patients. In addition, OCH excels in providing educational programs and support that reflect its integrated approach to health and wellbeing. Dedicated to advancing health and social justice for all its community members, OCH serves patients from the Mid-Columbia River Gorge Region: Wasco, Hood River, Klickitat and Skamania Counties. To donate or for more information, visit the OCH website.

Media Contact:
Katie Roberts, Communications Developer
One Community Health
(303) 709-2912; kroberts@onecommunityhealth.org