Inspiring Hope: Virginia Garcia

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Center Mission Statement

To provide high-quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill Counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving healthcare.

History of Virginia Garcia

Portrait of Virginia Garcia

In 1975, beautiful six-year old Virginia Garcia and her farmworker parents travelled from their home in Mission, Texas to California and Oregon to work in the fields. Along the way Virginia cut her foot, and by the time they reached Oregon, it had become infected. Due to economic, language and cultural barriers to healthcare, Virginia died from what should have been an easily treatable wound on Father’s Day as her own father was working in the fields, unaware of the tragic turn of events.

Moved to action by Virginia’s unnecessary death, the community quickly rallied together to open the first Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (Virginia Garcia) in a three-car garage, determined to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.

Today, Virginia Garcia provides healthcare services to more than 35,000 patients a year in Washington and Yamhill Counties at our four primary care clinics and pharmacies, three dental offices, and three school-based health centers.  We also provide outreach to schools, community health fairs and to migrant and seasonal farmworkers at local camps and commercial nurseries through our mobile clinic.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 I.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).