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timeline

fifty years in the making

Scroll back in time and learn about our history

1972

CBHA opens the Othello Family Clinic on Cedar Street

The Columbia Basin Health Association (CBHA) socially incorporated in 1972. It was first located in a small office on Cedar Street. Staff included one doctor, a nurse and several support personnel. Industry then, as now, in the Othello area revolved around agriculture and the labor force necessary to sustain it. “Keeping Healthy those who Feed the World”, soon became the motto. These few words captured what CBHA aspired to do and what continues to drive its mission to provide equal access to quality health care to all persons regardless of age, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, or the ability to pay.

1976

Othello Family Clinic moves
to Main St. location

CBHA’s Othello Family Clinic moved into its location on Main Street in 1976. The clinic was later remodeled and expanded several times.

1978

Jim Taylor is appointed
Chief Executive Office

1984

Leah Layne is appointed Chief
Executive Officer

1998

Greg Brandenburg is appointed Chief Executive Officer

Greg Brandenburg began his career as a stockbroker in Chicago. In 1986, he and his family moved to Othello, Washington, where he worked as CFO of a large agricultural business. He joined CBHA in 1997 as CFO and was named CEO in October of 1998.

2000

Wahluke Family builds new building and introduces medical, pharmacy and lab

2004

14th Avenue Medical Center merged with CBHA and underwent a complete remodel 

Both clinics came together to create a health care system of the highest quality, accessible to all, right here in Othello. The emphasis was on patient-focused excellence and the expansion and improvement of the services delivered. Othello EyeCare was established at the same time and located in the lower level at 14th Avenue Medical Center.

2008

Wahluke Family Clinic adds medical, eye care and pharmacy services.

Patient response and utilization grew quickly until it became necessary to build a new full-service clinic housing medical, dental and pharmacy in 2008.

2008

Connell Family Dental Clinic
opens with a modular unit

Dental services were provided to area residents in Connell within a modular unit in 2008.

2010

Connell Family Dental Clinic
built a new, bigger facility

Connell Family Dental Clinic celebrated the Grand Opening of its brand new building.

2012

Eye Clinic and tele-pharmacy
opens in Connell

Now Connell and Mattawa residents have access to a full range of vision services at Eagle EyeCare at our Connell Family Clinic and at Wahluke EyeCare at the Wahluke Family Clinic. New Tele-pharmacy services in Connell allow patients access to more than 100 frequently prescribed medications and to speak directly to a pharmacist via video conference. Patients can call the pharmacy or come by and the Pharmacy Technician will set up a video conference with one of our highly-trained Pharmacists.

2014

Connell Clinic expands
pharmacy including drive thru

2016

Wahluke Clinic expands medical exams rooms, nursing station and registration

Wahluke Clinic keeps on growing! Our medical expanded with the addition of three medical exam rooms and minor construction in the registration area to add cabinet space. The nursing station was also re-designed to accommodate 17 staff members.

2017

 Othello Clinic built a new, bigger Facility on E. Columbia St. Opens CBHA Cafe

2018

Nieves Gomez is appointed
Chief Executive Officer

2018

CBHA puts on first Color Run in Othello

Our Mission

Provide equal access to quality health care to all persons regardless of age, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, or the ability to pay.

Our Vision

We will be a model of excellence in patient satisfaction in community and migrant health care and a community leader in initiating and developing collaborative relationships.