Oregon Gov. Kate Brown got a firsthand look at the 25,000-square-foot Umpqua Health Newton Creek medical facility Wednesday morning.
Brown was in Roseburg to meet with several health care providers and the Community Advisory Council for Umpqua Health Alliance, Douglas County’s only coordinated-care organization.
She got a tour of the construction project at the Newton Creek facility that Umpqua Health officials said will have fully integrated physical, behavioral and urgent care services in a single location.
Brown said she was impressed with what she saw.
“It is visionary. The building was designed to enhance and support patient privacy and ensure patient and staff safety, as well as being completely ADA accessible,” she said.
Brown said the project will improve patient health because of the goals to provide primary centered patient care plus comprehensive and collaborative care. She said Umpqua Health Alliance is a big part of that.
“The coordinated care organization is a very creative, collaborative, locally driven model that’s been probably one of the most effective models in the country in driving health care costs down, and at the same time improving patient care,” Brown said. “And the primary goal is to improve patient care.”
The governor also visited with CHI Mercy Medical Center officials about the new residency program, where they will train doctors and then put together incentive to try to keep them in the community.
“We’re doing some very creative things — we’ve got to grow our own, take advantage of the bright young minds that are here, and make sure that they have access to hands-on learning and career and technical education,” Brown said.
She emphasized focusing on challenges of recruiting and retaining health care providers in rural Oregon, and the financial challenges in providing health care through the Oregon Health Plan.
Umpqua Health Newton Creek plans to have 15 providers when the center opens , offering care in pediatrics, primary care and behavioral health. The medical facility, located on Northeast Stephens Street next to the Douglas County Farmers’ Co-op, is expected to open by the end of this year.
Umpqua Health is the parent company of Umpqua Health Alliance, which serves about 26,000 Douglas County residents on the Oregon Health Plan, and close to 10,000 more people with Medicare, private insurance or Exchange coverage.