I Don’t Know What We Would Have Done Without La Pine Community Health Center
Hundreds Help Celebrate LCHC’s Expanded Space
“I’m thrilled with the turnout of community members, patients, and our collaborative partners and local businesses,” said Charla DeHate, CEO of La Pine Community Health Center. She is shown (above right) with Stacey and Rachel Stemach, whose firm Stemach Design & Architecture designed the 5,400-square-foot addition to the Huntington Road facility.
A crowd numbering almost 250 people was given a guided tour of the new space, which is designated primarily for ancillary services and administrative offices. (As demand increases, the design allows for future remodeling to create additional patient exam rooms.) A large conference room, being used for staff meetings and health-related classes, is also available to community groups – at no charge.
“I got an appointment for my dad to see a doctor at La Pine Community Health Center (LCHC) the day we arrived in La Pine,” marveled Colleen Scott. “Working with social services, the staff was also able to enroll him in Medicaid in two hours, so he could be admitted to Prairie House Assisted Living without delay. We were blown away.”
Scott added that “having a multi-disciplined facility such as LCHC here is such a boon. Instead of going into Bend each week for my dad’s blood tests, I simply drove him the several-block distance from Prairie House.
“The people at LCHC, including his wonderful doctor, were so kind to him. We really felt connected here.”
“In retrospect,” admitted Scott, “I don’t know what we would have done without LCHC – it’s a great facility.”
“This hands-on service is one of the advantages of living in a small, rural town,” commented her husband, Mayor Dennis Scott. “And someone even answers the phone when you call!”
LCHC, with facilities in La Pine, Sunriver, Gilchrist and Christmas Valley, unveiled its expanded La Pine structure during a well-attended open house. Consisting primarily of administrative offices, it features a large conference room that is available at no charge to community groups.