Three staff members at the clinic will stay on, with a fourth transitioning to part-time work in retirement.

FILE PHOTO - Julie Goodrich, a registered polysomnographer, watches a heart rate monitor during a sleep study on Tuality Healthcare's campus in Forest Grove in 2014. Tuality has expanded its Forest Grove presence, taking over the Maple Street Clinic next to its existing urgent care center.Tuality Healthcare in Forest Grove expanded Monday, Feb. 18, with the acquisition of a medical clinic on the same city block where it operates an urgent care clinic.

The Maple Street Clinic at 1825 Maple St., formerly an independent facility, will now officially be counted as part of Tuality's campus in Forest Grove.

In some ways, it's "back to the future" for Tuality. The healthcare company, an affiliate of Oregon Health & Science University, formerly operated the urgent care facility as a small hospital with an emergency department. However, it discontinued inpatient care and converted the emergency department to an urgent care clinic last year, stating it believes urgent care to be a better fit for the Forest Grove area.

By bringing the Maple Street Clinic under its umbrella, Tuality is again expanding its healthcare services on its Forest Grove campus.

"As Forest Grove continues to grow, OHSU Tuality Healthcare will be there to ensure current and new community members have the right care in the heart of Forest Grove," said Lori James-Nielsen, Tuality Healthcare's president, in a statement. "This expansion allows us to provide primary care, urgent care and lab services all in one convenient location."

Dr. Roger Reynolds and physicians' assistants Joy Gephart and Melissa Walsh will stay on at the Maple Street Clinic under Tuality, the healthcare company announced. Dr. Douglas Holmes is retiring after 40 years in the Forest Grove area, but he is expected to continue working on a part-time basis from April onward, the announcement stated.

Of Tuality's acquisition of the Maple Street Clinic, Reynolds was quoted in the announcement as saying, "This transition will provide additional resources and enhancements to meet the growing needs of these communities in the years to come."

Two more doctors, Manuel Karlin and Katrina McPherson, and a physician's assistant, David Senft, are joining the team at the Maple Street Clinic. McPherson is the only licensed pediatrician practicing in Forest Grove, Tuality noted in its announcement.

Tuality also operates the Tuality Community Hospital in downtown Hillsboro. The hospital is Washington County's second-largest.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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