Health and Beauty

Cascade Eye And Skin Care University Place

New chief plans future of MCMC

Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s new president and chief executive officer, Dennis Knox, wants to see urgent care clinics established in both The Dalles and Hood River.

He believes that access to clinics that treat acute illnesses and injuries that are not serious enough for a visit to an emergency room are essential for community care. These urgent care centers can treat a wide range of conditions, including infections, allergies, skin conditions, flu, minor injuries and wounds, strep throat and sporting injuries.

Knox is confident that his 37 years of experience as a health care executive, and co-founder of Urgent Point, a national company, will help move those projects, and many others, forward.

However, he said MCMC first needs to do some strategic planning for the future, which he anticipates having finalized by the end of the year. He also has begun work to brighten the hospital’s financial picture, which he said follows medical centers across the nation in having financial challenges.