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News Release from Lane Co. Government
Posted on FlashAlert: October 23rd, 2023 7:21 AM

After over a decade of planning, community collaboration, and fund raising, the Community Health Centers of Lane County (CHCLC), a division of Lane County Health & Human Services, will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the first rural CHCLC, the South Lane Clinic this coming Thursday, October 26th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the site of the future clinic (1275 S River Rd in Cottage Grove). The ceremony will feature remarks from Lane County Commissioner, Heather Buch, Lane Community College President, Stephanie Bulger, Cottage Grove City Councilor, Dana Merryday, State Director for USDA Rural Development in Oregon, Margi Hoffmann, and CHCLC patient and Cottage Grove community member, Michelle Thurston.

“This ceremony marks arguably the most significant step in opening Lane County’s first rural CHCLC clinic location and providing critical healthcare services to an underserved area,” said Lane County Health & Human Services Director, Eve Gray. “The commitment from our partners to closing the healthcare gaps in South Lane has been inspiring and in large part has provided the momentum that has brought us to this point.”

The South Lane Clinic has been made possible by a strategic partnership between Lane County, Lane Community College, South Lane School District, Be Your Best, South Lane Mental Health, and PeaceHealth. The clinic will be the seventh CHCLC clinic location and the first outside the Eugene/Springfield area. It will offer medical, dental, and integrated behavioral health care to 5,000+ residents per year, as well as the first CHCLC site to provide training for local students interested in health care careers through a career technical education program administered by Lane Community College and in partnership with South Lane School District, Lane County, and PeaceHealth.

The groundbreaking ceremony will feature a continental breakfast and is open to the public. All members of the media are welcome to attend.

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