Work is underway at the Outlet Mall in Seaside on a new Columbia Memorial Hospital primary care and urgent care clinic, located at the former sites of Dress Barn and Toys R Us.

According to the hospital’s marketing and communications coordinator Felicia Struve, the hospital board of trustees voted to go forward with the expansion plans at the end of 2018 due to an ongoing need in the region of primary care services.

Hospital CEO Erik Thorsen said in a statement that the last community health needs assessment showed a need to do more to meet the demand for primary care services in our growing area. With clients in Seaside, Cannon Beach and further south, it “just makes sense to the board to build a clinic in Seaside.”

The hospital opened its first primary care clinic in the Warrenton Highlands shopping center in 2013 and added another clinic in Astoria’s Park Medical building last year.

The Knight Cancer Collaborative, a partnership with Oregon Health and Science University for chemotherapy and radiation therapy, opened in 2017 next to the hospital’s main campus in Astoria.

The new clinic will follow the model of the hospital’s Warrenton clinic, Struve added, offering primary care, urgent care, and some diagnostics, such as X-ray and labs. It may also offer specialty care on rotation.

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