UCHC Reproductive Health team

UCHC’s Reproductive Health team, from left, Kirstin Carhart, Tarra Simone, Bill Siling, Koryssa Campbell, Rena Angel and Melody Collins.

The Roseburg Area Zonta Club celebrated International Women’s Day last Thursday, by honoring Umpqua Community Health Center’s Reproductive Health Services team.

The club honors local women and men who go about their daily lives without calling attention to themselves while making a difference in the lives of others.

Honored from UCHC was Reproductive Health coordinator Kristin Carhart, who is also a certified nurse midwife and nurse practitioner, and the other five people that work with her in Reproductive Health. She and her group of nurses and medical assistants helped over 5,400 patients last year and delivered over 100 babies.

Also honored for their contributions to reproductive heath were nurses Marie Stoddard, Rena Angel, Tarra Simone, Bill Siling and Medical Assistant/Scribe Koryssa Campbell.

Zonta presented a yellow rose to each recipient, which is to express thanks for what they do.

Zonta International is a service organization of executive and professional women and men dedicated to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

“Our goal is to provide reproductive health care to any woman regardless of ability to pay,” Carhart said.

UCHC absorbed the reproductive health and prenatal care from the Douglas County Health Department. Last July, the Reproductive Health Services opened clinical exam rooms and office space within UCHC.

Reproductive Health Services offers assistance with birth control, pregnancy testing, HIV testing, STD checks and treatments , annual exams, and prenatal care-labor-delivery.

“What keeps us going is being able to help get a person who is struggling with health or behavior issues and see them get on the right track for an improved life for themselves and their baby,” Carhart said.

The main clinic is in North Roseburg, on Kenneth Ford Drive across from Costco. Drop-in offices are located in Myrtle Creek and Sutherlin, and a school-based clinic at Roseburg High School.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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