SW Community Clinic Partners with Virginia Garcia to Transfer Patients
After providing comprehensive medical care to over 1,800 patients at its Hillsboro clinic location since 2013, Southwest Community Health Center is partnering with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center to transition its Hillsboro-based patients to a new medical home. This process will begin in April of this year with a goal of having all patients established with Virginia Garcia by the end of June and all SWCHC Hillsboro clinic operations will conclude at the same time.
“The changing nature of the health care landscape has made it necessary for us to find a more permanent and comprehensive primary care option for our Hillsboro patients,” said Samira Godil, Executive Director of SWCHC. “Our patients deserve access to services beyond medical visits, including dental, mental health, pharmacy, and vision. Virginia Garcia has the resources available to provide this expansive care.”
SWCHC opened its Portland clinic in 2005 and its Hillsboro site in 2013. Both volunteer-based primary care clinics serve their respective area’s low-income uninsured population and provide acute care as well as primary care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and depression. Specialty women’s health services and partnerships with local community resources have been added and strengthened over the years to better care for a patient population that does not have access to comprehensive medical care.
Beginning in April, Virginia Garcia will provide on-site staff at SWCHC Hillsboro clinic to help patients register for services at Virginia Garcia, and for those who are eligible, sign up for Medicaid. Most SWCHC Hillsboro patients will transfer to Virginia Garcia’s nearby Hillsboro Clinic.
“We thank Southwest Community Health Center and their many volunteers who have provided a wonderful service for the community,” said Gil Muñoz, CEO, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. “Virginia Garcia is committed to ensuring no patient falls through the cracks and we will work carefully with Southwest Community Health Center to ensure a smooth transition.”
Both organizations are deeply committed to the continuity of care for SWCHC patients. Virginia Garcia serves a similar population to SWCHC and both share the mission to provide high quality, comprehensive, and culturally responsive primary health care to those with barriers to receiving care. It is because of this similarity of purpose and mission that SWCHC and Virginia Garcia are confident that, throughout and after the transition, patients will continue to receive the care they deserve. Patients moving to their new medical care homes should experience uninterrupted care in a familiar setting. Virginia Garcia welcomes these new patients and is committed to a smooth transition.
Virginia Garcia will look for opportunities to continue a relationship with Southwest Community’s volunteer providers, who have given so much of their time and expertise to helping those who need it most.