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Supply-chain challenges delay clinic opening

Hospital news | Thursday, December 22, 2022

PACKWOOD, Wash. –Arbor Health administrators report that the supply chain challenges being felt across the nation are causing problems at home as well. The new Arbor Health—Packwood Clinic that was originally planned for opening in September but was delayed until January 2023 has been delayed again.

“We are all disappointed in the delays,” Arbor Health CEO Leianne Everett said in a prepared statement. “We so wanted to hit the ground running on January 2nd. The staff is hired, our medical equipment is ready, it’s just getting the building-remodel completed. This is of no fault of the developers or contractors. They have explored alternate opportunities to complete the remodel; but they are stuck until they can secure the building components.

“At this point, we are moving our opening expectations to April 2023,” Everett said. “In the meantime, we are keeping our staff employed full time elsewhere in our facilities. They will be ready to go on the first possible day. When we finally get to put the “open” sign in the window, it will be a day of celebration for all of us.”

Arbor Health is the parent organization of Morton Hospital, the Rapid Care Clinic in Morton and primary care clinics in Morton, Mossyrock, and Randle—and the soon-to-be Arbor Health—Packwood Clinic.