Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Colorectal Cancer Information
It is also known as Colon Cancer:
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives.
Contact your medical provider to schedule a screening.
Regular screening, beginning at age 45, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum).
Early Signs and Stats:
Colorectal polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. That is why getting screened regularly for colorectal cancer is so important.
- A change in bowel habits.
- Blood in or on your stool (bowel movement).
- Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty all the way.
- Abdominal pain, aches, or cramps that don’t go away.
- Weight loss and you don’t know why.
Only about 7 in 10 US adults aged 50 to 75 are up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening.
March Employee of the Month
Please join us in congratulating our March Employee of the month, Fairlane Hepburn!
Fairlane has been with the clinic for over 2 years and has recently completed her certification as a Medical Assistant. Fairlane is known to be extremely resourceful in getting her patients the help that they need. Her patients love her and often comment about how kind and funny she is. She is a quick learner and has provided valuable assistance to other employees and providers when they get stuck.
Thanks, Fairlane, for your flexibility, camaraderie and commitment to our patients and providers!
Waterfall's Diversity and Equity Statement
In recognition of the recent US Supreme Court decision to disallow discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identification, and Black Lives Matter protests around the country following the killing of George Floyd, Waterfall stands in support of our black and LGBTQ+ community members.
Waterfall Community Health Center was founded in 1998 to provide quality healthcare for all. Our mission is to “promote access to quality integrated health services that meet the needs of individuals with barriers to care on the Southern Oregon Coast.” We believe all individuals should be cared for with respect and dignity. Simultaneously, we recognize that the racism and discrimination within the healthcare system in our country are barriers to quality care and equitable treatment.
Waterfall Community Health Center denounces discrimination for any and all reasons including race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Our role is to provide quality care to all individuals in every community on Oregon’s Southern Coast. In the effort to seek health equity in the care we provide, Waterfall recommits to cultural responsiveness, the promotion of diversity education for staff, and the establishment of patient centered programs aimed at reducing all barriers to health care.
The Waterfall Clinic
We are a safety-net clinic in North Bend / Coos Bay serving the people of Coos, Curry and Douglas counties on the Southern Oregon Coast. We accept patients with Medicare, Oregon Health Plan/Medicaid, Private Insurance and patients without health insurance. We have a sliding fee scale for patients without health insurance, which is based on family size and income. The Waterfall Community Health Center is a Patient Centered Medical Home.
Waterfall Community Health Center is a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deemed health center, whereby it has medical malpractice liability protection through the FTCA. Under this Act, Federally-Qualified Health Centers, like Waterfall Clinic, are considered Federal employees with the Federal government acting as their primary insurer.
Watch the video below to find out what it’s like to be a patient at Waterfall Community Health Center.
OCHIN MyChart Online Communication Portal
In partnership with OCHIN, who supports our clinic’s electronic health record system, we are offering our patients secure, online access to their personal medical charts. Using the OCHIN MyChart, patients can see lab results, medication lists, make appointments, and much more – online, any time of the day or night.
Patient Centered Primary Care Home Program
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program is part of Oregon's effort to fulfill a vision for better health, better care and lower costs for all Oregonians.
School Based Health Centers & Services
Waterfall Clinic School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) provide community members with access to critical services that are designed to keep them healthy, in school, and ready to learn.