Western University of Health Sciences held a grand opening ceremony on Feb. 7, 2019 for WesternU Health – Oliver Station. Located in Portland’s historic Lents neighborhood, it is the first medical clinic the University has opened in Oregon.
WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, presided over the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It is wonderful to have you all here for this remarkable occasion of opening this beautiful clinic that has been a dream for this community and a dream for the University,” he said.
The clinic is located at 5909 SE 92nd Avenue in Portland. WesternU Health – Oliver Station has eight exam rooms, two rooms for osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) treatments, one procedure room, eight provider stations, six medical assistant stations, as well as conference room space. The clinic will be a rotation site for WesternU COMP-Northwest medical students, and help provide comprehensive, patient-focused care for the people in the Lents neighborhood.
Paula M. Crone, DO, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest, lauded the efforts of three physicians who were integral in opening the clinic: COMP-Northwest Vice Dean John T. Pham, DO; Erik Szeto, DO, member of the COMP-Northwest Dean’s Advisory Council; and Edward Lin, DO, primary care physician for WesternU Health – Oliver Station. “These are our three founding physicians for our WesternU Health – Oliver Station clinic,” she said to a round of applause.
“Western University of Health Sciences is now in Portland, Oregon,” Pham declared. “This is exciting for us and our students – those future physicians who will train here. As the Vice Dean of the school, I love working with our students in Lebanon, but I also love clinical practice. Students start out with their first two years hitting the books, and now with this clinic they can apply what they learned in Lebanon right here in Portland.”
To Crone’s surprise, the clinic was dedicated in her honor. Part of the plaque reads, “A little girl with dreams may become a woman of vision with a life dedicated to education and service. Thereby, she is a steadfast inspiration to those who know her and a light of hope to all.”
Szeto added that Crone is an educator who sets high standards that few can surpass. “I am so excited that this clinic is dedicated to her. She is an example for us to follow. She is an inspiration to us, and especially to little girls with dreams.”
Western U Health – Oliver Station can be found online at www.westernuhealth.com/oliver-station. The clinic may be reached by calling (503) 771-0055.