Oregon Office of Rural Health

Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year Award

Orion Falvey OR HOTY 2020

Orion Falvey brought innovation and patient-centered health care to rural health clinics in Oakridge, Estacada, and Blue River – yes, that’s the McKenzie River Clinic that burned to the ground during the Holiday Farm fire in 2020.  But the McKenzie River clinic staff kept right on caring for their patients, working out of a quilt shop! They leased a mobile clinic as well, because nothing could stop Orion and his colleagues from serving their patients – nothing.

Orion’s staff nominated him for the 2020 Rural Health Hero of the Year because of his passion for the work and because of his compassion, for staff and patients.  Orchid Health has a sliding scale for fees and OHP assistance, and has been a leader in establishing access to telehealth for patients, giving tablets to patients who lacked them.  Despite the financial pressures resulting from the pandemic, Orion ensured job security for his staff, and employee happiness was at an all-time high during the pandemic.  Last and far from least, Orion initiated Orchid Health’s Health Equity Initiative, focused on health disparities for people of color in rural Oregon.

The Oregon Office of Rural Health is proud to present the 2020 Rural Health Hero of the Year Award to Orion Falvey. Learn more about the 2020 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year

Nominate your 2021 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year!

The Oregon Office of Rural Health is seeking nominations for the 2021 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year Award. The award honors an outstanding person, program or organization that has improved the quality and availability of health care in rural communities.

Nominations for the 2021 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year will be accepted now through July 30, 2021 and will be announced at the 38thAnnual Oregon Rural Health Conference, October 27-29, 2021 at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes, Bend, Oregon.

Contact

Laura Potter | 503-494-5244

Previous Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year Bios and Videos

2019

The Oregon Office of Rural Health is proud to present the 2019 Rural Health Hero of the Year Award to Kurt Davis. Learn more about the 2019 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year

2018

The Oregon Office of Rural Health is proud to present the 2018 Rural Health Hero of the Year Award to Sharon D. DeHart, P.A-C. Learn more about the 2018 Hero of the Year.

2017

The Oregon Office of Rural Health is proud to present the 2017 Rural Health Hero of the Year Award to Lynne Frost. Learn more about the 2017 Hero of the Year.

2016

Learn more about Community Counseling Solutions, the 2016 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year.

2015

Learn more about Bobbie Steninger, the 2015 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year.

2014

Learn more about Sandra Dunbrasky, M.D., the 2014 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year.

2013

Learn more about Verna Pettyjohn, the 2013 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year.

2012

Learn more about Angel Flight West – Oregon Wing, the 2012 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year.

2011

Learn more about Patricia Neal, the 2011 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year.

2010

Learn more about Jane McLaughlin, the 2010 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year.

2009

Learn more about Carolyn Bauer, the 2009 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year.