OAKRIDGE, Ore. — A new medical clinic will soon be opening in Oakridge, headed by two young entrepreneurs from the University of Oregon.
The pair just got approved for $70,000 from the Lane County Board of Commissioners for their project.
Oliver Alexander and Orion Falvey founded the Orchid Health Collective last year after attending a business conference in Portland.
They quickly realized they could pair their entrepreneurship skills to help solve social problems, like providing adequate medical care in rural communities.
In Oakridge, there’s only one clinic and it can only serve about a third of the population.
The clinic Oliver and Orion hope to open will help with that need, and it’ll offer the only x-ray machine in town.
The pair says they know from personal experience, rural towns need those medical resources.
“I’m from Haines, Alaska a community the same size as Oakridge. When I was in eighth grade my sister got sick actually and we went to the local clinic but they couldn’t diagnose what it was, and it went on for several months and finally we ended up having to fly down to Seattle and went to the children’s hospital in Seattle and she had hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer,” said Falvey.
He says people in rural communities shouldn’t have to travel that far for basic care.
They plan to open the new clinic April.
They’re still recruiting for a full-time nurse practitioner or physician assistant.