Wellness Center Receives Medical Equipment

Tthrough a District Grant, Rotary is able to purchase $13,500 worth of medical equipment to help the facility function properly.
Cindi O'Neil

Cindi O'Neil

District Rotary Foundation Chair

By DG Cindi O’Neil

The McKenzie Valley Wellness Center was lost during the Holiday Farm Fire in September 2020.  Wellness medical services are now performed in an old RV and a makeshift quilt shop turned temporary wellness clinic between Blue River and McKenzie Bridge, Oregon.  This rural clinic is essential to those still living and rebuilding their lives in the valley. The long-term plans are to rebuild the wellness center in Blue River.  In the meantime, through a District Grant, Rotary is able to purchase $13,500 worth of medical equipment to help the facility function properly.

Exam tables, provider chairs, blood draw chair, and a medical grade refrigerator for future flu season vaccines are among the things desperately needed to equip the wellness center.  All the equipment will eventually be transferred to the future wellness clinic which McKenzie Valley Wellness hopes to complete in 2022.  Late this summer Rotary Clubs of Springfield, Eugene and Bend will be volunteering to help paint the newly remodeled quilt shop, construct and install a new road sign, and help spruce up the landscaping.  Many thanks to Rotarians Dick Ledgerwood, PDG Rick Olson, Buck Andrews, and AG Jane Falls as well as the Chair person of the Board for McKenzie Valley Wellness, Valarie Rapp for pulling this project together.

An old quilt shop, soon to be remodeled, will temporarily house the new equipment provided by Rotary.

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