PACS Clinic Spotlight
Our first Clinic Spotlight features Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS)!
PACS Health Clinic opened in 1993 with all volunteer providers. The health clinic provides services to a very culturally diverse patient population including the Hispanic, Romanian, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, and Pacific Islander communities.
Care is free to those who can’t afford it which is possible due to funding from donations, grants, proceeds from the thrift store, and services provided by Adventist Medical Center like imaging, lab tests, and medications offered for free or low-cost.
Clinic staff shared a story that exemplified the dedication and quality of care provided at PACS- a gentleman came into the clinic without insurance and hadn’t seen a doctor in six years. He had a cataract in one eye and couldn’t see out of the other eye due to complications with his diabetes. Since his initial visit, this gentleman has been enrolled in Oregon Health Plan with CCHC’s enrollment specialist Natasha, seen an ophthalmologist, scheduled a cataract surgery, seen a hematologist, had a bone marrow transplant, and been diagnosed and treated for a severe infection.
Fun facts about PACS:
PACS is expanding their clinic with dental services, diagnostic ophthalmology, and an additional exam room. Clinic expansion has been supported by community donors and grants, most recently the Kaiser Permanente/Providence CSC Initiative grant for clinic integration and expansion planning,
They are hoping to open in fall 2017 and are currently looking for dental providers!
The clinic provides training for students working towards their RN or MA.
Shawnna, clinic receptionist, says her favorite part of working at PACS is to see patients start building relationships and trust with providers. The team at PACS prides themselves on comprehensive care- providers take the time to meet patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and get the whole family involved in their treatment.
In addition to the health clinic, PACS has a thrift store and food pantry. The food pantry supplied food to over 78,000 last year. They also have a mobile pantry that brings food to underserved neighborhoods.
PACS has a dedicated team of volunteers- 240 strong!
Thank you, PACS, for the great work you do supporting your community.