$3.8 Million to Replace the SE Portland Health Center
Our first priority is our patients.
The current SE Health Center is our busiest health center receiving more than 18,000 visits annually. For many of our patients, this location is their primary source of medical care. The building, however, is in serious disrepair and is no longer useful in its current state. Our patients and staff deserve better.
This new center will serve as an anchor in the community—a trusted place—where all people are welcome to receive the care they need.
During this challenging and uncertain time, our investment in a new health center shows we are here to stay to serve all who need us, no matter what. The center will be further east than our current location, to reflect the needs of the growing Portland Metro Area communities.
We have identified four steps to accomplish this goal:
Buy a new piece of land in SE/E Portland. (purchased May 16, 2018)
Raise $3.8 million (estimate) and build the new center.
3) Move into the new building.
4) Sell the old building.
We designed this plan to serve our patients without interruption.
Our new Health Center will improve our service to the community by including:
• Twelve exam rooms (an increase from ten in the old center) to serve patients in the most cost-effective and comfortable way possible.
• A new education/community room.
• Dedicated space for our Education and Outreach Coordinator.
• Additional security enhancements.
While Oregon is the last state left with no reproductive health restrictions, Medicaid, Title X, and Roe v Wade are continuously under attack at the national level. It is our responsibility to stay strong and continue to provide vital services to our patients – many of whom may not be able to access healthcare anywhere else due to social and structural barriers.
With this new building, we will improve access to affordable, high-quality and respectful health care. We will pilot new programs, such as telehealth, to better reach patients in rural communities. We will also strengthen relationships with our community partners, to better reach people with limited access to sexual and reproductive health care, or sex education.
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette will be a beacon of light for the rest of the country while deepening roots in our own region.