JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - Bill Chance has been a patient of Dr. Marlon Fletchall for as long as he can remember.
"I've been coming here for years and years," he said.
But his most recent visit to the PeaceHealth care clinic in Junction City brought him some unsettling news.
"About two weeks ago I was in getting blood work done," Chance said. "The receptionist and the nurse let me and my wife know they would be moving."
PeaceHealth Medical Group is moving the Junction City clinic to a facility off Barger Driver in Eugene, about 10 miles south of its current location.
View Larger Map
Chance said the distance makes all the difference for patients.
"I would say 90 percent of his patients are elderly; 90 percent of us are over 65," he said.
The clinic has been part of the Junction City clinic for at least 60 years.
Marsha McCord was a patient there when she was 10.
Now she works there as a receptionist. She is shocked by the move.
"We've been here for so long, and Dr. Fletchall's dad started the practice, and we're part of the community," she said.
Jim Godbold with PeaceHealth said the solo practice at the corner of 7th and Ivy has been a struggle to keep open financially. PeaceHealth tries to maintain small town clinics where possible.
"The entire Cottage Grove community medical center and the Dexter PeaceHealth clinic and Creswell are examples of a continuing commitment to rural health care, which is a challenge. There's no question about it," he said.
That doesn't calm folks like Chance frustrated by the change.
"I've been coming here for years and years. I'm over 70. My mom's been coming here for years and years, and she's 95, and she's not looking forward at all to going to Barger Drive," he said. "What can we do? Our hands are tied."