Most who have been here even a short time know of The Corvallis Clinic and its well-earned reputation for caring for the well-being of patients. Less publicly proclaimed, but no less passionately practiced, is its commitment to the community’s well-being, in ways that go well beyond its mission to provide essential health care services.
That’s the economic impact of The Corvallis Clinic.
The Corvallis Clinic is the fourth-largest employer in Corvallis, with more than 600 people, working in 10 locations, serving Benton, Linn, and Lincoln Counties.
In direct spending – payroll and operational purchases – The Corvallis Clinic injects more than $49,000,000 into the economy every year.
Being a for-profit business, The Clinic pays more than $450,000 in property taxes annually, helping Benton County, the City of Corvallis, and the 509J School District provide services and facilities that enhance our quality of life.
In January 2013, the Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute published the results of a study on the economic contributions of Oregon’s physician practices. Based on its data for Benton, Linn, and Lincoln Counties, The Corvallis Clinic is responsible for more than 1,745 jobs here, and a value-added contribution to the local economy of $137,050,000.
The Corvallis Clinic recognizes its responsibility to preserve resources and protect our environment. We have multiple initiatives underway throughout the organization to use energy more efficiently, to recycle goods, and to conserve materials — all to reduce our carbon footprint.
Even as we expand to meet the ever-growing need for health care, we strive to shrink our impact on the planet. The Clinic utilizes electronic resources instead of paper for patient records, business detail, visual images, and electronic processes. Our Facilities Services department structures lighting, heating and cooling, and control systems to save energy and other precious resources. And all of our providers and staff recycle, conserve, and initiate ways to better manage resources – everything from widespread support for car-less commute practices to having recycling receptacles at all workstations and in every patient treatment room.
Moving from paper records to digitized images saves more than air and trees. It frees up valuable space — more than 4,500 linear feet. Rooms once devoted to storing paper records can be put to better use as doctor’s offices or patient care rooms. Transitioning to electronic medical records also reduces the time and energy required to transport paper records between locations, conserving fuel as well as human resources that can be used more efficiently.
Health Information Services Manager, Jeremy Brower, recalls the years before the transition to electronic medical records began, when paper records were piling up and it was a runaround to keep up with transporting them, saying “looking back on those days just makes me shiver.”
Mike Davenport, Information Technology Manager, says that one of the objectives of IT is to facilitate reducing paper and ink use, recycling hardware, and enabling The Corvallis Clinic to be more environmentally responsible by using technology as much as possible. An example of this would be a request from Crescent Valley High School for a donation of old computers for one of their programs.
With more than 600 employees in 10 locations, The Clinic actively encourages the conservation of resources through alternative transportation. Our organization has participated in programs such as the Bike Commute Challenge, an initiative created by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and the City of Corvallis’ annual “Get There Another Way Week” event. The Clinic also has a team in the Tour de Cure bike race for diabetes, and has hosted a World Car-Free Day check-in site in collaboration with Good Samaritan Hospital.
Beginning in 2014, four projects were initiated to reduce energy consumption. The first project was an interior fluorescent lighting upgrade. Next, motion-activated light switches replaced all conventional on-off switches in the Aumann building, preventing lights from being left on when a room is not in use. The third project was a parking-area lighting upgrade whereby LED bulbs replaced incandescent lighting. Finally, a variable frequency drive (VFD) system was installed in the Asbury building. In the past, heating and cooling motors ran at full speed or not at all, creating huge amounts of waste. VFD technology works in tandem with motors that push air through a building, allowing motors to supply the appropriate amount of heating and cooling. These projects aimed at reducing energy usage resulted in an annual savings of 760,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, and around $50,000. During summer months, The Corvallis Clinic has decreased use of natural gas powered boilers, and reduced usage of water and natural gas by installing low-flow water fixtures. Savings realized by these projects can be passed on to patients, making care more affordable.
Many physicians and staff of The Corvallis Clinic give of themselves in some way in service to the community. They serve on the boards of numerous local nonprofits and volunteer with scores of community organizations. Volunteer hours are donated to further important causes and services such as United Way of Benton & Lincoln Counties, Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany and Corvallis, Corvallis Public Schools Foundation, Albany and Corvallis Chambers of Commerce, Leadership Corvallis, and many others. The Corvallis Clinic’s employees also set an example by helping with and contributing to the well-being of at-risk populations and humanitarian efforts abroad. Leslie Shortridge, FNP-C, and Yvonne Keep, FNP-BC, are two examples of The Corvallis Clinic professionals who contribute to the well-being of vulnerable populations:
Leslie Shortridge, in 2013, Shortridge traveled to Sakila, Tanzania with her surgeon husband and two nurse practitioner daughters, Jennifer Wilson, and Kristy Kironde to provide medical care through an organization called International Evangelism Outreach. Shortridge, a seasoned nurse, was so moved by the experience she became a nurse practitioner to provide more advanced care to African patients. Although she felt apprehensive about returning to school, Shortridge was determined to succeed for the benefit of her patients. In 2016, Shortridge earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Gonzaga University and is a certified family nurse practitioner working for The Corvallis Clinic’s QuickCare in Albany. Shortridge will continue to travel to Africa to provide free medical care to those in need.
Yvonne Keep, a family nurse practitioner at The Corvallis Clinic’s Albany location, has volunteered for Special Olympics activities since her child was born with Down syndrome in 1979. Keep recalls a 2016 fundraiser at a local restaurant where the athletes greeted guests at the door and a portion of the proceeds were given to Special Olympics of Linn and Benton Counties. Through her efforts, Keep has made a difference in the lives of many individuals involved with Special Olympics.
In addition to serving for the Special Olympics, Keep led an outreach team to a remote village in Nepal to screen the population for Rheumatic Heart disease. Keep recalls screening close to 80 individuals in one day with the help of an echo cardiographer. Keep collaborated with a group called The Heart team from CardioSmart International who would perform surgery on any candidates.
Fortunately, a tooth-brushing campaign launched by the Nepalese community has decreased incidences of Rheumatic Heart disease among the local population. Due in part to the tooth-brushing campaign, none of the 70 children screened were positive for Rheumatic Heart Disease, and just three adults screened were sent for further testing. Keep says she enjoyed working with the youth and learning some phrases in Nepalese.
Sponsorship and Philanthropy
The Corvallis Clinic sponsors nonprofit organizations and events in the Mid-Willamette Valley. The emphasis for sponsored activities is those that are health-related and/or youth-related. For example, in 2017, The Corvallis Clinic sponsored the iRun for Kids, an event benefitting the Albany Public School Foundation that generated $28,000. It also sponsored events with the local Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), and the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation.
In addition to sponsorships, The Corvallis Clinic responds to community needs through its non-profit foundation and community support of special capital project requests.
The Corvallis Clinic Foundation extends The Clinic’s commitment to a healthier future. For nearly six decades, the non-profit Foundation has provided financial, personal, and professional resources to advance health education and extend support toward health-related initiatives and at-risk individuals. Nearly $150,000 in scholarships has been awarded to high school and college students interested in studying medicine or other health-related field. In addition, the Foundation has provided $32,000 in support for healthcare lectures and vaccination grants, $300,000 in support of Project H.E.R. (a breast cancer support program) and $41,532 in support of emergency assistance. Total support has reached more than a half-million dollars.
The Foundation has also joined The Corvallis Clinic to support special capital requests, including $300,000 in support for a free medical clinic at Community Outreach, $30,000 toward a science building at Linn-Benton Community College, and most recently, $50,000 toward construction of the Youth Excellence Center at the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis. The second floor of the youth center will be devoted to teen wellness, with pediatricians and counselors on staff. The primary aim of the teen wellness center is to reduce teen suicide rates among Corvallis youth.
Since 1994, The Corvallis Clinic Foundation has awarded 203 scholarships totaling approximately $150,000 to students attending local areas high schools and colleges.
The Dam Cancer Campaign between Oregon State University and The Corvallis Clinic has raised more than $65,000 in support of Project H.E.R (Help. Enlightenment. Resources). Project H.E.R. is a comprehensive cancer support program offered to those in Benton, Linn, and Lincoln counties. The program provides awareness, education, and support for all individuals, from the time of a cancer diagnosis through survivorship.
About this report — As part of our ongoing commitment to a healthier and more sustainable community, we are only publishing this Community Impact Report in a digital media format.