McKenzie Health Clinic Goes Mobile To Serve Holiday Farm Fire Evacuees

Dec 15, 2020

The Holiday Farm fire along the McKenzie River destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, including Oregon’s oldest rural health clinic. With many patients displaced, Orchid health staff set about creating a *mobile clinic.  They saw their first patients Monday.

Priscilla Oxley stands outside the new Orchid Health McKenzie mobile clinic after her check up. She and her husband Hollis are temporarily living in Eugene after losing their home in the Holiday Farm fire. They are both long time patients of the clinic and Monday, health care came to them.
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Since losing their home, 88-year old Priscilla Oxley and her husband Hollis have been renting in Eugene. They’re both long time patients of the clinic and grateful that health care is coming to them.

“I think it’s wonderful,” she said. “that they can come in and provide health care for us so we don’t have to go out looking for new doctors to fill in until we can back on the river ourselves.”

Pricilla said she’s is in overall good shape but needs some physical therapy for better mobility. Hollis, who is about to turn 90, has diabetes. She says they need to stay fit as they plan to rebuild their home outside of Vida.

The mobile clinic is a retrofitted RV with two exam rooms and a mini-laboratory.
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The R.V. turned clinic is decked out with two exam rooms and a mini lab space. Trillium Community Health provided a $50,000 grant. The mobile clinic will be stationed at 555 International Way in Springfield every Monday starting January 18th.

Dr. Tia Cloke (left) is the Family Nurse Practitioner with Orchid Health McKenzie.  She saw 7 patients Monday in their new mobile clinic. Orchid Health's Nancy Schwan-Howard (right) says they will be driving it to Springfield once a week to treat patients who evacuated the Holiday Farm fire and are now staying in the Eugene/Springfield area.
Credit Tiffany Eckert