Celebrating Rural Health Day With Better Patient Access

Dr. Robert Law, family practice

2018 Rural Health Community Star, Dr. Robert Law

Oregon is celebrating National Rural Health Day today, November 15, to highlight the importance of rural hospitals, clinics and medical providers.

National Rural Health Day is celebrated every November by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health as an opportunity to honor the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit prevailing in rural America. It is also a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges of rural citizens.

In Our Community

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Law of Lower Columbia Clinic, who was named a “2018 National Rural Health Day Community Star”.

Dr. Law was nominated by Jesse Beason of the Northwest Health Foundation for his work in helping the foundation shift its focus to health equity and social determinants of health.

At Columbia Memorial Hospital

Hospital with helipad in Astoria, Oregon

Columbia Memorial Hospital

As Oregon’s fastest growing rural hospital, CMH has made meeting the healthcare needs of our neighbors a key goal. By the end of 2018, we will have welcomed 12 new doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Since September, CMH has welcomed six new providers:

“CMH is proud to be the healthcare provider of so many within our rural community. With the addition of these new providers, we are growing to provide necessary services,” said hospital CEO Erik Thorsen. “Thank you to all of the people in our community who help make our new providers feel welcome and at home.”