Women’s Healthcare Associates, LLC has been serving women and their families in Portland in various forms since the 1940s. With the October, 2011 merger of Women’s Clinic, PC, Women’s Health Center of Oregon, PC and Women’s Healthcare Associates, LLC, our collective history includes decades of leadership in the medical community and commitment to our patients.
On Portland’s eastside, our presence dates back to the 1940s and Lloyd Center Women’s Clinic. In the 1990s, Lloyd Center merged with Portland Women’s Clinic and became Women’s Clinic, PC. This group and its founders were the first in Portland to use routine Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer, the first in the area to perform extensive surgeries for gynecological cancers and the first practice on the eastside to include a female OB/GYN. Women’s Health Center of Oregon has also been a leader on the eastside serving women in Clackamas County since it was established in Oregon City in 1987. The practice was the first to include midwives in the area and had the largest midwifery group in Oregon for more than 20 years.
On Portland’s westside, our presence dates back to the 1960s when the West Hills Women’s Clinic was established near Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. This group, plus the Lake Grove Women’s Clinic (1978), Westside Women’s Clinic (1986) and the Zuelke Women’s Clinic (1988) combined under the name Women’s Healthcare Associates, PC in 1993. The group became part of MedPartners in 1996 and was joined by Northwest Perinatal Center. After operating as part of a managed care system for 2½ years, the group separated from MedPartners and became Women’s Healthcare Associates, LLC in 1999.
Between 1999 and 2011, Women’s Healthcare Associates grew to include four OB/GYN offices, two gynecology centers of excellence and a separate office for Northwest Perinatal Center. Having offered mammography services to women since 1993, in 2003 we added bone density scanning, as well. We transitioned to electronic practice management and medical records in 2007. In 2008, we established our Central Lab to perform all chemistry, hematology, immunology, serology and blood bank testing for our patients, allowing us to control the quality, timeliness and integration of lab results into our EMR. We began office surgery in late 2007 and received OMA accreditation for our office surgery practice in 2009.
Throughout our continual growth and evolution, the providers of Women’s Healthcare Associates cherish above all the long-term relationships we have developed with our patients and their families, meeting their women’s healthcare needs throughout all phases of life. The 2011 merger represents a new chapter in the history of Women’s Healthcare Associates, LLC. With 11 clinical locations and an administrative headquarters, we look forward to serving the needs of women throughout the Portland metropolitan region for decades to come.