New Vancouver Clinic the Cheers of health care

first_imgThis is not your parents’ clinic.There are wooden shelves holding books and board games such as Mancala, Trivial Pursuit and Jumanji at the Vancouver Clinic at Vancouver Plaza.It’s all part of a modern approach to health care by Vancouver Clinic, which is partnering with Humana at this location. The idea is that you can come to receive treatment but won’t want to leave immediately after.The clinic, at 7809 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive, saw its first patient Tuesday, and is currently providing care on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It will expand care to all weekdays in early February once a second doctor joins the staff.Health education classes, individual and group counseling, exercise classes, group activities and wellness presentations will be available through the clinic. Mark Mantei, Vancouver Clinic CEO, said patients will be encouraged to take the games and books off the shelf for fun.“The facility itself is built for people being able to address other needs beyond medical,” Mantei explained. “The exercise classes, the nutrition classes, the ability to just hang out and make a friend, it’s huge.”It’s something that Humana Market President for the Intermountain Region Catherine Field calls “‘Cheers’ for health care,” referring to the TV sitcom.“People know your name, and they want you to come and you’re not a bother,” Field said. “I think as we age, we end up feeling like we’re kind of a bother to a lot of people.”last_img read more