Health Care Done Right

There’s been more heat than light lately over the discussion the Metro Council is having about whether they should have some role in planning health care facilities in the region. Metro hasn’t made a decision yet, and if they get involved, I suspect it will be a fairly light touch, but a lot of people are getting worked up about the idea.

So I was struck by the article in the O last week about the new Portland Clinic at Gateway. This is exactly what Metro should be trying to promote: a health care facility in a regional center, well served by transit and other modes of transportation. Reinforcing centers instead of competing with them!

Contrast that with a new hospital in Happy Valley that one local health system wants to build. Can anyone tell me how they would get to Happy Valley (either by transit or road)? I’d have to pull out a map…

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