About Us

History

Planning for the clinic began in 2009 when a group of committed health professionals and community leaders, concerned with the lack of a free health clinic in Clackamas County, began to create a sustainable clinic for low-income patients to access primary medical care.

Fundraising begins. The Willamette Falls Hospital Foundation (now part of the Providence Health System) began to raise funds towards starting a free clinic through their annual Gala at the Falls in 2009, and again in 2010. It was the intent of the Foundation that this project honor the original eight doctors who founded Willamette Falls Community Hospital in 1961. Our facility in Oregon City is named The Founders Clinic in their honor.

Two groups join forces. At the same time, the Clackamas Health Access Initiative (CHAI), a joint initiative of the local health care systems, was formed to improve health care access in the County. The two efforts joined forces in 2010.

In September 2010 the group signed an agreement with Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), a national organization dedicated to helping communities start free clinics. The VIM model began in Hilton Head, South Carolina in 1994. Key to the success of the model is creating a “Culture of Caring” in the community for those in need. The model also requires that medical treatment is provided by volunteer primary care physicians and nurses. For more information on Volunteers in Medicine, go to http://www.volunteersinmedicine.org.

Incorporation and 501(c)(3) Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine was incorporated with the state of Oregon in February 2010, and an application for 501(c)(3) non-profit status was filed with the IRS shortly afterwards.

VIM approval. The Founders Clinic has recently been approved as a Volunteers in Medicine clinic, joining a network of over 90 clinics nationwide, including two in Oregon — Bend and Eugene.

Clinic opens. The clinic opened its doors in February, 2012, and welcomed its first patients! We are grateful that a cadre of active and retired physicians and nurse practitioners has volunteered to provide these services to uninsured individuals here in Clackamas County.

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