Gwen Meyer now seeing patients at Women's Health Center in Ilwaco

<I>Contributed photo</I><BR>Gwen Meyer, ARNP, Family Nurse Practitioner, is now seeing patients at the Women's Health Center in Ilwaco on Wednesdays. Meyer, who heads the Naselle Medical Clinic, is expanding her practice to meet the growing need for women and family health services on the Peninsula. For an appointment, call 642-6498.

ILWACO - Gwen Meyer, longtime nurse practitioner at the Naselle Medical Clinic, is now seeing patients on Wednesdays at the Women's Health Center in Ilwaco.

"We're excited Gwen is expanding her practice to include the Long Beach Peninsula in order to serve the growing health needs here," said Alan Craft, Ocean Beach Hospital's director of public relations and business development. Both the Naselle Medical Clinic and the Women's Health Center are rural health clinics operated by the hospital.

Meyer will continue seeing patients in Naselle on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Women's Health Center is in a transition phase due to the recent departure of Nurse Practitioner Karla Reinhart, primary care provider at the center since its opening in September 2009. Reinhart relocated to Southern Oregon to be closer to family, Craft said.

"Karla was a great asset to the community. The staff, and our patients especially, miss her," Craft said. "Gwen's the silver lining to this cloud - she is highly regarded by her patients in Naselle. Her presence here will be a tremendous benefit to the Peninsula."

Healthcare providers each have different areas of focus, Craft explained. While Reinhart's main emphasis was women's health, Meyer will offer a broader range of services that include both women's health and family medicine.

"My primary focus will be women and their families," Meyer said. "I especially enjoy working with adolescents. They are at a time in their lives when, frankly, they are embarrassed to see a pediatrician. They really need a primary care provider who knows them and their families - someone who can discuss information at an age-appropriate developmental level."

Meyer's services will include women's health screenings for breast and cervical cancer, and osteoporosis. She will also provide follow-up care, immunizations, physicals and well-child exams. To make an appointment, contact the Women's Health Center at 642-6498.

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