WARRENTON — The CMH Medical Group will hold a public block party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of the Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) Primary Care Clinic, 1639 S.E. Ensign Lane, Suite B101, in Warrenton.

The new clinic offers primary care services for adult patients age 16 and older, a walk-in urgent care for all ages, as well as on-site laboratory and X-ray services. It aims to improve health care access, make it easier for area residents to find a local primary care provider and to help those individuals currently on Medicare or Medicaid access health care services.

Internal Medicine physician Brian Cox currently sees patients from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. He anticipates that the clinic will log 5,000 to 6,000 primary care patient visits per year. CMH plans to expand the services offered at this location in August to include a CMH Urgent Care Clinic.

“We know that the more access to primary care people have, the better the health of the community overall,” said Ken Boucher, CMH’s chief operating officer and Medical Group director. “Primary care providers catch silent conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and thyroid disease before they become bigger health problems.”

The clinic accepts most insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. “For folks who are not insured, our services are offered on a sliding scale,” Boucher said.

According to CMH CEO Erik Thorsen, CMH opened the clinic as part of its mission to provide high quality local care to the residents of the lower Columbia region. The need to improve access to primary care was made clear through community surveys, calls received on the CMH Referral Line and comments from other local health care providers.

For information, or to make an appointment, call 503-338-4500.

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