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Arbor Health grows by two providers

Friday, June 17, 2022

Arbor Health, the parent organization of Morton Hospital, Rapid Care Clinic and Morton, Mossyrock, and Randle primary care clinics, has added two providers to the medical staff.

Crystal Florek, ARNP, is filling two roles. She was recently hired as a provider for the Rapid Care Clinic, which is located within the Morton Clinic building. The addition of Florek to the medical staff enabled the walk-in clinic to open for the planned full-time hours of Friday-Monday. Because of limited staffing, the clinic had initially been opened at only half capacity. In addition, Florek is also serving as a women’s health specialist at the Morton Clinic. She is available for appointment in this capacity at 360-496-3641.

Prior to coming to Arbor Health, Florek worked as a primary care provider at Peace Health St. John’s Medical Center in Longview.

Jason Whitney, ARNP, was hired to be the full-time provider at the future Arbor Health—Packwood Clinic, planned to open this Fall. Until then, Whitney will fill staffing voids in the Morton and Randle clinics. Merrell Cooper, DO, will retire on July 15 and Fabiola Puga, MD, who was hired with the intention of taking over Cooper’s patients, will not arrive August 1st. Also, Tonya Goodson, ARNP, at the Randle Clinic, is moving from the area, leaving her position open. Whitney will take over her patient load until another provider is hired or the Packwood Clinic opens, whichever occurs first.

Prior to being hired at Arbor Health, Whitney was a pediatric and adult family medicine provider for Peace Health St. John’s Medical Center in Longview.

“We are thrilled to welcome both of these providers,” CEO Leianne Everett said in a prepared statement. “Both Crystal and Jason are highly skilled and experienced medical providers. The timing of their availability could not have been better for Arbor Health and our community.”