Samaritan Health Services’ occupational medicine clinic and walk-in clinic in Newport will relocate to their newly remodeled building at 705 SW Coast Highway over the weekend of Dec. 3-5 and will reopen for business as usual the next week.
During the move, it will be necessary to close both clinics temporarily, as follows:
• Samaritan Walk-In Clinic will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. It will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 6. Regular clinic hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Samaritan Occupational Medicine – Newport will be closed all day on Friday, Dec. 3. It will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Regular clinic hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
Located directly north of the Center for Health Education, the new clinic building had most recently been occupied by Samaritan Medical Supplies, which relocated earlier this year to a remodeled retail space at 2035 N Coast Highway in Newport.
Dr. Lesley Ogden, CEO of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, commented that community partnerships have been instrumental to these two remodeling/relocation projects.
“It took a fantastic partnership to enable all of this to occur. Having strong relationships with our partners and the community have been the key,” Ogden said.
The total price for these projects was close to $2.4 million, she reported, with funding coming from many sources: a $1.75 million loan from Pacific Communities Health District to Samaritan Health Services that will be paid back over 10 years; $445,000 in cash from Samaritan Health Services; and $200,000 from the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation.
This figure doesn’t include the cost of the building/property bought by the health district for just under $1 million.
Ogden also praised the clinic staff for their patience over the past several years. These two clinics had previously been located inside the hospital, but during the recent expansion project, they were relocated to a modular building just outside of the old hospital’s emergency room. Before that portion of the building was demolished, the modular and its two clinics were again relocated, to the south side of the Center for Health Education.
“I appreciate the patience and resiliency of these clinic staff members who were impacted by not one, but two moves over the past few years,” Ogden said. “Once they settle into their newly remodeled spaces, I’m sure the staff and patients will appreciate the bright, new surroundings in this solid building with great access just off of Highway 101.”
In conjunction with the move, the two clinics will begin using their new official names while retaining their existing phone numbers. Those are: Samaritan Medical Group Urgent Care – Newport at 541-574-4860 and Samaritan Medical Group Occupational Medicine – Newport at 541-574-4675.