VENETA, Ore. — In a world of changing healthcare, more people have access to health insurance. But having access to medical care can be challenging for rural communities like Veneta because the closest options are at least 30 minutes away. But that’s not the case anymore.
The Lane Fire Authority in Veneta has opened its doors to a free medical clinic.
“People we see here live far out as Walton, in the coastal mountain range. We also see them from Lake Creek, so we’re looking at clearly people living greater than 40 to 45 minutes from a local hospital,” said Division Chief of EMS, Chris Heppel.
Every 2nd Saturday of the month, two licensed physicians, a pharmacist, a podiatrist, nurses, and EMTs volunteer their time to bring rudimentary services to the rural community.
And everyone is welcome, even if you don’t have health insurance.
“Anyone can come, doesn’t matter if you’re insured, doesn’t matter how much money you have. We don’t do any financial screenings. Just come on down and we’ll get you signed up,” said ROAM clinic manager Cindy Hardin.
The free clinic is happening Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Veneta Fire Station on Territorial Highway. It is offered every second Saturday of every month.