I’m writing this letter because I would like to publicly thank the staff and doctors who work at the new Ocean Park Medical Clinic and hospital for their amazing service and care.

My husband and I became permanent residents of the Long Beach Peninsula two years ago and quickly began to realize some of the challenges which living remotely can present. One of the greatest challenges was accessing quality healthcare. For 18 months, we made the more than 250-mile round-trip to Portland for our medical care. It was exhausting and frustrating to say the least.

Thankfully, that situation has changed greatly since the new Ocean Park Medical Center opened last year. I’ll be honest, leaving the clinic in Portland where we’d gone for more than 40 years seemed a bit daunting at first; however, one visit to Dr. Toby Thaller completely allayed our fears. We find her to be competent, professional, personable and extremely concerned about our health and quality of life. And, she is relentless in her pursuit to identify the systemic causes of our health issues.

As Baby Boomers, who may not be as technically savvy as our Generation Xers and Millennials counterparts, we especially appreciate the fact that Dr. Thaller understands the importance of building a relationship with us and does not spend the entire office visit glued to her computer.

The other good news is the clinic accepts our health insurance and welcomes Medicare patients. The staff also has an excellent working relationship with Ocean Beach Hospital (OBH) where we are now able to go for most of our testing. I am even going to OBH for physical therapy. Gone are the long trips to Providence Medical Center in Portland. What a relief! And what a savings of time and money.

All this to say, “Thank you Ocean Beach Medical Clinic and Ocean Beach Hospital for providing quality healthcare close to home.”

Mike and Joan Porter

Ocean Park

Community Table would like to extend another thank you to the Peninsula Senior Activity Center for hosting such a wonderful Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. The dinner, as always, was delicious and we could not have been more pleased with the number of people who came to enjoy it with us. We have come to understand that so many of our neighbors really do care about the hungry who receive a free meal once a week from Community Table and demonstrate it by volunteering and contributing their own resources to keep this important mission going. We are grateful for the donors and those who organized the event, including John Vale and the servers and those who brought the desserts for all to enjoy! The Peninsula Senior Activity Center is a most cherished partner in helping the most vulnerable in our community and we appreciate beyond words how you share in making certain no one who is hungry goes without a nutritious and warm meal.

Blessings to you all,

Ron and Mary Hollis and the Board of Community Table

Ocean Park

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