Battle Ground HealthCare opens new location
Sebastian Rubino / [email protected]ereflector.com
This month, Battle Ground HealthCare has opened a new location on 1910 SW Ninth Ave. at Battle Ground.
The clinic was started in 2011 by Ruthie Gohl of Meadow Glade Seventh Day Adventist with a mission to “meet the needs of the community with a focus on health,” according to Executive Director Sue Neal.
BGHC is a “faith-based clinic” where staff believe in “holistic personal care”. While you don’t have to be religious to receive care at the clinic, Neal said that people’s spiritual beliefs are important to their health and well-being.
“We provide medical (care) and our medical scope is chronic disease, wellness, prevention and management,” said Neal. “And we have physical rehabilitation, where we have physical therapy and occupational therapy. We’ve had chiropractic and medical massages, but since the pandemic we haven’t had any. We hope to get them back once the pandemic is over. “
Neal said the clinic also offers health and lifestyle classes, which are part of their prevention and wellness area. It includes a three-week diabetes prevention program, offered in English and Spanish. The program educates people on how to eat and cook healthier to reduce the risk of developing the disease, and also focuses on exercise and maintaining a more fulfilling lifestyle.
There is also a nine week chronic pain course which Neal says will not cure it, but it may make the condition more manageable by “providing more knowledge and tools to help manage their activities of daily living. and to live a better quality of life “.
All classes are currently held in a virtual format and are delivered in collaboration with the Washington State University Extension Program.
BGHC also provides dental care, which includes cleanings, fillings and extractions.
Neal said the clinic plans to provide mental health care as well, but said it needs providers. They also plan to provide a vaccination clinic and lab work.
BGHC has 127 active volunteers, many of whom are part-time physicians, therapists, dentists and registered nurses. Neal said they often volunteered on their days off or came to help them after they finished their work.
“It’s no different than going to a doctor at a for-profit clinic,” she said.
Neal said there are many disparities in health care. One of them is the Latinx community, which Neal says is not getting the health care it needs. She said the clinic wants to give access to this community and others.
The clinic’s previous location on 189th Street Northeast was not accessible by public transportation and was obscure, Neal said, but the new location at Battle Ground will fix that.
“For any of our communities of color, anyone in need of care, we really want to reach out and help them meet their needs,” said Neal. “We know that it is very difficult for them to find access to care and that it is sometimes difficult to find this care even if you have public health insurance, because it is more difficult to find providers.
Since clinic services are free, it depends on “the generosity of donors,” said Neal, who includes individual donors, grants and fundraising events.
For more information about the clinic, visit battlegroundhealthcare.org. A video of Neal cutting the ribbon for the new location is also available on youtube.com/watch?v=QLP37aYJ620.