August 15, 2018 1:50 p.m.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown focused on health care during a visit to Roseburg Wednesday.
Governor Brown toured the new Umpqua Health Newton Creek medical facility, which is still under construction. Sue Goldberg, Internal Project Manager for Umpqua Health, guided the governor through the 25,000 square foot two story building. They were accompanied by Umpqua Health officials and staff from builder Harmon Construction.
Brown’s first question was about the facility’s proximity to public transit. Goldberg told Brown that north and southbound Umpqua Transit buses have a stop right in front of the new building.
Goldberg told News Radio 1240 KQEN that ultimately there may be as many as three buildings on the seven-acre parcel. Until purchased by Umpqua Health, the property had been owned by the Flury brothers for several decades, and had sat undeveloped.
Goldberg told Governor Brown the second floor of the building is set up for administrative use for now, but is constructed in a way that it can easily be converted to more clinic space at a future date.
The governor was told that special care was taken so that clinic rooms are private and quiet, meaning others in nearby rooms cannot hear sensitive medical conversations.
The Newton Creek medical facility will offer physical, behavioral and urgent care services and is working to bring more medical providers to the area.
Umpqua Health is the parent company of Umpqua Health Alliance. It is one of fifteen Coordinated Care Organizations in the state. A release from the organization said their focus is on expanding access, improving care and reducing unnecessary costs for the more than 26,000 county residents that are on the Oregon Health Plan, along with close to 10,000 people that have Medicare, private insurance or Exchange coverage.
After the tour, Governor Brown talked with News Radio 1240 KQEN. She was asked what her thoughts were after seeing the facility:
A staff person with the governor said she also visited Mercy Medical Center where a meeting with local health care officials was held during a luncheon event.