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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.

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