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Rogue Valley clinic starts up residency program for new providers

The situation in health care keeps making headlines, even with the pandemic behind us: doctors and other health professionals are in short supply, and patients can wait a long time for appointments. With the population aging, more visits will be needed, yet more professionals will continue to retire.

Out-of-the box approaches are in order, and the Rogue Valley's La Clinica is moving ahead with one. The organization is starting up a residency program to help train nurse practitioners and physician assistants. It's coming together quickly, aided by a federal grant of $2.8 Million.

Susan Hearn from La Clinica stops by to add details to the program and its timelines.

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