Sherman County Medical Clinic no longer at risk of reduced services

Moro – Sherman County Medical Clinic announced today it is no longer at risk of reduced services because its nurse practitioner, Mark Corey, has gotten an exemption that allows him to continue seeing Medicare patients.

Sherman County Health District Administrator Caitlin Blagg credited the office of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden with ensuring that the local clinic’s nurse practitioner can continue serving a caseload of nearly 200 Medicare patients at the rural health clinic in Moro.

“Our Nurse Practitioner is essential to providing quality health care to our rural community,” Blagg said.  “Without him, we were concerned about the need to reduce services or even close the clinic and we did not want to start a panic.  Senator Wyden recognized the threat to our community, because he understands the importance of rural health care.  He and his staff went to bat immediately when we told them about the bureaucratic red tape threatening our clinic.  The Senator cut through that red tape so the Sherman County Medical Clinic could keep our nurse practitioner with uninterrupted service to Medicare patients and continued top-notch care available to the entire community.”

“At my town halls throughout Oregon, I hear frequently about the importance of health care to quality of life in rural communities in our state,” said Wyden, who held a Sherman County town hall April 4 in Moro. “That’s why I am so gratified that I was able to work with Medicare officials to reach a just resolution and ensure Sherman County’s nurse practitioner could continue delivering health care that Sherman County has come to depend on at the clinic.”