PeaceHealth working to reopen urgent care clinic after odor complaints

Previously, employees claimed they suffered from headaches and nausea while in the clinic and described the smell as a waxy chemical odor.

Posted: Oct 1, 2019 6:06 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 5:04 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The PeaceHealth Urgent Care at Beltline and Gateway Street remains closed as the company works to address an odor that employees said made them sick.

The clinic has been closed since June.

Previously, employees claimed they suffered from headaches and nausea while in the clinic and described the smell as a waxy chemical odor.

RELATED: PEACEHEALTH CLOSES URGENT CARE CLINIC AFTER WORKERS GET SICK

In a statement, PeaceHealth says they have been working closely with trained professionals including air quality experts to complete a thorough assessment to ensure that they're choosing a path forward that is safe for their caregivers and the community.

KEZI 9 News asked PeaceHealth if they have been able to pinpoint the cause of the odor, but they said they are in the process of communicating with their caregivers and are not at liberty to disclose that information.

Alicia Brown lives down the road from the clinic and said she has taken her kids there before and is frustrated it's still closed.

"I have four kids, so when any of them are sick, trying to get them anywhere is always a pain, and that place is really great and local and easy," Brown said.

PeaceHealth says they are putting a plan in place to reopen the clinic soon and will announce a reopen date once it is formalized.

They say many Gateway Urgent Care team members have been reassigned to work at other PeaceHealth locations during the temporary closure.

In the meantime, patients can still receive care at their other urgent care locations on West 11th Avenue and on Valley River Drive in Eugene.

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