By Nicole Williams, Chief Operating Officer
You may have heard recent news about a doctor shortage in the United States. With a growing and aging population, the demand for primary care will continue to increase, and the U.S. may need almost 50,000 more primary care doctors by 2030.*
We’re also seeing this trend locally, which is why Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) has focused on bringing more primary care providers to the Columbia-Pacific region. 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. Now, CMH Primary Care has outgrown the clinic.
New primary care clinic opening this fall
In response to this demand, we are opening a second primary care clinic in Astoria this October. We’re adding three new primary care providers and are recruiting for a fourth to better serve the needs of our community.
Other rural areas struggle to find doctors, but fortunately, the Columbia-Pacific region is so inviting that we’ve had good success with recruitment. For many, it’s a lifestyle decision to come to the coast. In addition to the location, many of our new providers are attracted to working for an independent, not-for-profit, community- and patient-focused health system.
So if you’re looking for a new primary care provider, now is a great time to give CMH Primary Care a call.
*Association of American Medical Colleges
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