COTTAGE GROVE – The South Lane Clinic at 1275 S. River Road will be the first rural Community Health Centers of Lane County (CHCLC): a division of Lane County Health & Human Services.
It will be CHCLC’s seventh clinic, but the clinic will be its first one outside of the Eugene/Springfield area.
Last Thursday, Oct. 26, Lane County held a ceremony to commemorate over a decade of planning, community collaboration, and fundraising it took to move forward with the South Lane Clinic.
The new clinic’s opening would not have been possible without the partnership between the following organizations: Lane County, Lane Community College, South Lane School District, Be Your Best, South Lane Mental Health, and PeaceHealth.
“This ceremony marks arguably the most significant step in opening Lane County’s first rural CHCLC clinic location and providing critical healthcare services to an underserved area,” said Eve Gray, who is the Lane County Health & Human Services Director. “The commitment from our partners to closing the healthcare gaps in South Lane has been inspiring and in large part has provided the momentum that has brought us to this point.”
According to Lane County public information officer Jason Davis, the clinic will offer medical, dental, and integrated behavioral health care to 5,000+ residents per year; it will also be the first CHCLC site to provide training for local students interested in health care careers through a career technical education program administered by Lane Community College and in partnership with South Lane School District, Lane County, and PeaceHealth.