GET TO KNOW THE PNW

Located in the Pacific Northwest, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center has 16 clinics spreading from Washington County to Yamhill County. Both counties offer a wonderful quality of life with good schools, low crime, scenic parks and easy access to several wildlife preserves, hiking, biking, golfing, beautiful wine country and a plethora of restaurants, shops, festivals and farmers markets.

Yes, it does rain – sometimes a lot — but that doesn’t stop people from enjoying outdoor activities.

Washington County
Home to Nike, Intel, Columbia Sportswear, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course and 11 Virginia Garcia clinics – three primary clinics, three dental clinics and five school-based health centers.wash_clip_image002

The area offers a nice blend of urban and rural. The east side of the county is home to Beaverton with 94,000 people and Hillsboro with 95,000 people. The farther you drive west, the more farm and timber land you’ll see. Go far enough (1 1/2 hours), and you’ll find the Pacific Ocean and the Oregon Coast.

Yamhill County
Described as rural and peaceful Yamhill County has no shortage of rolling hills, orchards, vineyards and rivers. Known for its world-class Pinot Noirtrisaetum_vine_harvest_08_cropto_700x360, Yamhill County is home to 290 of Oregon’s 400 wineries, including some of the state’s longest-running wineries: Ponzi, Erath, Sokol Blosser and Eyrie.

Rural doesn’t mean unsophisticated. Yamhill County draws visitors to its niche bakeries, food and wine festivals, breweries and the internationally known Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum – home of Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose.

Virginia Garcia has a primary and dental clinic in Newberg and McMinnville – the largest communities in Yamhill County – and a school-based health center in Willamina.

Beyond Washington and Yamhill County
The beauty and adventure don’t end with Washington and Yamhill County.

If you are drawn more to urban living, Portland is a short drive from most of our clinics.  Ranked #20 in the US News & Report “100 Best Places to Live in 2016”, Portland boasts everything from the quirky (Naked Bicycle Ride Parade) to the conventional (50+ art and cultural museums).

The Portland Metro area is also covered by an extensive light rail (MAX) system and bus service that can get you pretty much anywhere you want to go.

If it’s outdoor adventure you crave, you can drive west and find the Oregon Coast, drive east and you will find the Gorge – home to the Columbia River, Multnomah Falls and Hood River. Central Oregon offers Mt Hood and some of the best skiing, snowboarding and sledding in the country. Keep going and you will find Bend, Oregon. Home to the “Ale Trail”. Southern Oregon offers Crater Lake and outdoor camping that fits everyone’s needs.

There’s something for everyone in Oregon. Come see for yourself – we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

Need more information? Below are some good resources as you consider where you want to live:

Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Yamhill County Chamber of Commerce
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce