Astoria Primary Care Opens

Columbia Memorial Hospital Grows Again

ASTORIA, Ore. – CMH Primary Care opens the doors of its new Astoria location on Oct. 1.

Demand for primary medical care has grown across the country. Since the CMH Primary Care Clinic opened in Warrenton five years ago, it’s grown from one provider serving about 2,000 patients to six providers serving about 11,500 patients.

To meet this demand, Columbia Memorial Hospital built out a second Primary Care Clinic in Astoria. Three providers—Dr. Kevin Baxter, Dr. Anisa Richardson, and Mary Rizzo, FNP—will move their practice from the Warrenton clinic to the new CMH Astoria Primary Care, where they’ll be joined by two new providers.

“Even after two expansions, we had out-grown the original clinic,” said Chief Operating Officer Nicole Williams. “So rather than expand again, we made the decision to open a second location that would be more convenient for our patients in Astoria, Knappa and Pacific County.”

New primary care providers

Primary care provider at CMH Astoria Primary Care Clinic

Rachel Flescher, PA-C

Doctor of osteopathy at CMH Warrenton Primary Care Clinic

Elizabeth Erikson, DO

Nurse practitioner at Warrenton Primary Care in Oregon

Wendy Hovden, NP

Rachel Flescher, PA, will join the new Astoria Primary Care Clinic later this month.

Flescher is a physician assistant. She is interested in family medicine, women’s health and diabetes management.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science, pre-therapy and allied health from Oregon State University, and received her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Oregon Health & Science University. She grew up on the Oregon coast in Waldport, and loves small coastal towns, the outdoors, traveling, and reading.

Dr. Elizabeth Erikson recently joined the Warrenton Primary Care Clinic. She is a doctor of osteopathy. She enjoys practicing whole person and whole family care, and uses osteopathic manipulations and myofascial release techniques with patients.

Erikson earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Lewis & Clark College in Portland and her medical degree from A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Ariz. She is an avid skier, hiker and swimmer.

Clatsop County native Wendy Hovden, NP, will also be returning to the area to work with the CMH Primary Care team in November.

Hovden received her master’s degree from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn., and her bachelor’s degree from Oregon Health & Science University. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, she was a registered nurse for 17 years. Her medical interests include preventative cardiovascular care and management of immediate healthcare needs.

Primary care is preventative care

Like eating well and staying active, seeing a primary care provider regularly is an important part of your health maintenance. People who visit their primary care provider regularly have better health outcomes, lower death rates and lower health care costs than people who don’t, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The Affordable Care Act requires most health plans to cover preventative health services at no cost to you. These services include many health screenings and immunizations. Your primary care provider serves as your guide to accessing many of these benefits.

Astoria Primary Care is in the Park Medical Building, across from Columbia Memorial Hospital. Call 503-338-4675 for more information.