BG HealthCare purchases 7,600-square-foot building

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Battle Ground HealthCare will move its clinic in August to the building previously occupied by Legacy Health to create more space and better accessibility for patients.

The clinic purchased the 7,600 square foot property for $1,087,042 using funds awarded through a Community Development Block Grant.

Executive Director Sue Neal said the previous location in the Center Point building in Battle Ground was not located by one of the main bus routes, but the new building will be.

“One of the main challenges that we’ve had is that we’re kind of hidden away,” Neal said. “There are so many of our patients that have transportation challenges. By being on the public transit line, it will allow people from all over Clark County to make their way to us.”

The new space allows for four dental bays, four medical exam rooms and four physical rehab rooms that will be used for physical therapy, speech therapy, medical massages and chiropractic services, she said.

Conference rooms, training spaces and a prep kitchen will also be converted, Neal said. Instructors will continue to offer health and lifestyle courses, like cooking with diabetes classes.

There will be a separate entrance for laboratory services, which will also operate as a vaccine clinic. Neal said Battle Ground HealthCare hopes to offer free flu and COVID-19 vaccines, unlike in previous times.

The clinic provides free services for those who are uninsured and people who are at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. The 300 percent threshold means a one-individual household makes $30,630 or less per year and a family of four makes $61,950 or less.

Patients must be 18 years of age or older. Those using Medicare and Medicaid may qualify for services if that person cannot find a provider elsewhere, Neal said.

The clinic specializes in chronic illnesses and diabetes treatments. Physicians also offer physical rehabilitation, dental and vision services.

“Since the pandemic, there are a lot more people who are struggling to find the comprehensive services that we offer underneath one roof here,” Neal said.

Battle Ground HealthCare started about 10 years ago. The new location has sat empty for the last two years, Neal said.

“This location is going to allow us to have the ability to see more people and have an expansion in the facility,” she said. “We still need to do everything there that we are currently doing here.”

The clinic is planning an open house in October, depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

Neal said a decision hasn’t been made about what will happen to the previous clinic space.

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