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Post-Wildfire Destruction, Health Partners Announce New Clinic For Blue River

Brian Bull

Blue River is getting a new health clinic, through a partnership with Orchid Health.

The previous one was destroyed in the Holiday Farm Fire last Labor Day. The Oregon Legislature has since allocated $1.8 million in state lottery funds towards replacing the clinic.

Val Rapp, president of McKenzie River Wellness, announced how staff rebounded from the destruction.

“Within 24 hours after September 7th they had the clinic phone number transferred to a new line, they were doing emergency prescription refills for patients who fled without their insulin and other vital prescriptions," she said.  "They figured out how to practice medicine in a quilt shop transformed into a health clinic. And they can do even more in a new building.”

Rapp made her remarks this week, alongside Orchid Health co-founder Orion Falvey.

The new clinic will be two-stories tall, and expected to open in July.

Copyright 2021, KLCC. 

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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