Patients seek out other healthcare options during labor strike

Five Lane County Clinics remain closed after nearly 700 employees went on strike Wednesday morning.

Posted: Oct 21, 2017 6:07 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2017 6:07 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Five Lane County Clinics remain closed after nearly 700 employees went on strike Wednesday morning.

Patients from these clinics have been redirected to other options to receive the healthcare services they need.

The Charnelton Clinic on the corner of 7th Street is one of the two Lane County Health Centers that is still providing services. The other at Lane County Behavioral Health.

Kasi Minniear visited the Charnelton Clinic Thursday because she said her daughter was having allergic reaction. She stopped by the Riverstone Clinic in Springfield, where she usually goes, but found it closed. When she walked out of the doctor's office, she said she was unhappy with her experience.

"It was really scary and we still had to wait because they were understaffed and they didn't have time to see us in time so by the time we were actually seen," she said. "Her hives had gone down and it wasn't a big deal anymore."

She said she was very frustrated not only because she found the Riverstone Clinic closed, but also because of the long drive and wait.

Brenna Sellers said her experience went very smooth. She said she received a phone call about the Delta Oaks clinic.

"I got a call to reschedule, and then I called them and they gave me an appointment pretty quickly," she said. "They got me in, and I  got to see the doctor and she was not rushed."

Sellers said she supports the employees who are on strike and understands how much reaching an agreement means to them.

 

 

 

 

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