A new children's clinic is dedicated in Klamath Falls...and that clinic may help to cure a chronic shortage of pediatricians in the area.
Two year old Hayden Barrett was a patient at the Sanford Children's Clinic this morning.
"The experience was wonderful." Says Hayden's mother, Grace Barrett. "The facility is beautiful. I'm very pleased with our care."
Sanford World Clinics Vice-President Jim Slack notes that Klamath Falls had been facing a shortage of pediatricians. "So that's what led us to check out the Klamath Falls region, and see if there was anything Sanford could do to help."
Ground was broken on the facility two years ago.
"The project will cost right around 4.5 million dollars." Added Slack.
Officials from nearby Sky Lakes Medical Center hope the new facility will help to recruit new physicians to the area.
"This puts a bright light on the cooperation and excellence of care in the community." Stated Tom Hottman of Sky Lakes. "Recognized by somebody outside of the area."
Sanford officials call their facility a 'Castle of Care'.
The Sanford Children's Clinic operates in a kingdom where the main objective is to provide a gentler approach to medical care for young patients.
The clinic looks more like a theme park than a hospital, and kids are treated more like kids than they are 'little adults'.
"We utilize the parents, or the family members, or the caregivers that are here with the child." Says Megan Harris, a registered nurse who serves as clinical supervisor. "So they are able to hold their child, and comfort their child."
Hayden Barrett and his family are comforted knowing that if he needs more care in the future, it'll now be available.
The Sanford Children's Clinic is located on Daggett Street, two blocks west of Campus Drive.