Planning for tomorrow

By Randy McClelland, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Since 2009, CMH has seen tremendous  growth for the benefit of our community and our patients.

Growing services

Columbia Memorial Hospital

The annual number of clinic visits has grown more than 4.6 times. This growth has led to CMH adding more than 190 jobs to our local economy, including 30 medical providers.

CMH is committed to bringing necessary and appropriate services to our community through construction and expansion. Over the past several years,

CMH:

  • Built the Professional Office Building II to house both CMH clinics and independent medical clinics.
  • Opened a primary care and urgent care in Warrenton.
  • Opened specialty clinics in endocrinology, pulmonology and podiatry.
  • Expanded the cardiac rehabilitation gym and services.
  • Increased appointments for orthopedics, pediatrics and general surgery.
  • Started a retail pharmacy.

Planning for the future

Through smart growth and community cooperation, CMH has become Oregon’s fastest-growing rural health system.

Saving time and money

CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative

With radiation therapy now available on the North Coast, patients are saving more than $36,000 per month.

One major expansion in 2017 was the construction and opening of the 19,000-square-foot CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative, which brought radiation treatment to the region.

Since the Cancer Collaborative opened in October 2017, radiation therapy treatments provided locally have grown from zero to about 375 a month. Patients no longer have to drive to Longview or Portland for treatments—saving more than $36,000 a month in wear and tear on their car, time driving and gas.

Read more from the Spring 2018 issue of the CMH Health Compass.