Declining birth rates, staffing shortages, rising expenses and widespread health care worker burnout are behind changes recently announced at Women’s Healthcare Associates—one of many health care organizations forced to adapt and evolve amidst lingering effects of the pandemic.

“Some of these changes—closing our Happy Valley and Peterkort South clinics—make permanent temporary measures we put into place at the beginning of the pandemic to help conserve resources and better control the spread of infection,” said Chief Medical Officer Marni Carlyle, MD. “The rest are in response to what remains a really challenging situation in healthcare.”

In addition to the Peterkort South and Happy Valley closures, WHA’s consolidation includes:

  • Closure of the Lloyd District office (9/30/22)
  • Withdrawal from Legacy Emanuel Medical Center (10/28/22)
  • Closure of the Midwifery Birth Center (10/28/22)

As part of these changes, WHA’s services are expanding on the campus of Providence Portland Medical Center to include obstetrics, gynecology and wellness care. Previously home to only specialized care for high risk pregnancies, the office of Northwest Perinatal Center East now also includes WHA’s Tabor clinic—the new practice of four former Lloyd District providers. All Lloyd District providers remain at WHA and look forward to seeing established and new patients at their new locations:

“Being accessible to people throughout the metro area has always been really important to us,” said Chief Executive Officer Brian Kelly, MBA. “Though difficult, these changes allow us to both maintain that accessibility and improve our financial stability—assuring we are able to serve our communities for years to come.”

WHA continues to serve patients from four locations in Portland (two on the eastside, two on the westside); offices in Oregon City, Tualatin, Newberg and Hillsboro; and six regional hospitals. Find a WHA location and provider >