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Expanded Primary Care Facility Unveiled In Klamath Falls

The waiting area in the new Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center
Courtesy of Sky Lakes Medical Center
The waiting area in the new Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center

A new $50 million non-profit medical center was unveiled to the public in Klamath Falls on Thursday. The Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center is jointly owned by Sky Lakes Medical Center and Oregon Health and Science University.

The new health center will serve as a hub for primary care and will be a health care teaching facility for OHSU. It will open for patients in January, 2020.

“This is, I believe, the largest single investment in primary care in rural Oregon ever,” says Tom Hottman, a spokesman for Sky Lakes Medical Center.

The 100,000-square-foot facility will consolidate five existing Sky Lakes clinics in the area. Hottman says the OHSU Campus for Rural Health will offer a chance to expose medical students to rural medicine in hopes that they might continue to work in a rural community.

The health center will mainly serve patients around Klamath and Lake Counties in southern Oregon and Modoc and Siskiyou Counties in northern California.

Construction on the project began in 2016. It cost $50 million dollars to complete.

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Erik Neumann is a radio producer and writer. A native of the Pacific Northwest, his work has appeared on public radio stations and in magazines along the West Coast. He received his Bachelor's Degree in geography from the University of Washington and a Master's in Journalism from UC Berkeley. Besides working at KUER, he enjoys being outside in just about every way possible.
Erik Neumann
Erik Neumann is an experienced radio producer and reporter who grew up alongside the Puget Sound. He's passionate about telling the human stories behind America's health care system, public lands and the environment, and the arts. He got his Masters degree at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Erik joined JPR after several years as a staff reporter at KUER, the NPR station in Salt Lake City, where he focused on health care coverage. He was a 2019 Mountain West fellow with the Association of Health Care Journalists and is a contributor at Kaiser Health News, a non-profit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics.