At SOS Health Services, we believe that health should be a human right and therefore no one should be denied access due to location, income, or citizenship status.
SOS Health Services of Walla Walla was founded in 2000 by a service-minded physician who recognized a need for health care for the uninsured in the valley. Since the beginning, SOS Health Services has been a faith-based, non-denominational clinic providing compassionate urgent-care services to people from in Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon.
SOS Health Services serves hundreds of patients each quarter and the numbers are only growing. With all of our many wonderful volunteer physicians, nurses, students, phlebotomists, and our transcriptionist, we are able to continue our care and service to our community. Together with SonBridge Community Center, Walla Walla General Hospital, Providence St. Mary Medical Center, and other amazing donors, our services are the beautiful results of care pouring in from a number of different people and organizations.
In addition to benefiting those with little to no insurance, SOS Health Services is a crucial part of the community healthcare safety net. By providing a place for the underinsured and uninsured to go, valuable emergency room and hospital resources are conserved. In 2012 alone, we calculated saving the county approximately $28,000 (State dollars only). With increasing awareness and support of our clinic, we are becoming an integral element of our community’s health.
How We Make This Work
With the funds that we receive from grants and donations, we are able to provide for prescription funding when patients are unable to afford the $5.00 WalMart prescription plan.
Through the State-funded liability coverage, we are able to provide the extension of medical licenses for our volunteer physicians as well as liability insurance for their volunteer services. Physicians interested in volunteering for our clinic are able to bring their years of expertise to the table without the stress of what had been a full time profession.
The SonBridge Community Center has donated our building space so we can function rent-free.
Patients are able to donate while at the clinic or any time thereafter. We offer a suggested rate according to which service our patients received. However, all of our visits are free of charge.
We have been blessed with a full-time AmeriCorps member for the past four years and will have another service member with us again next contract year. These AmeriCorps members help make our daily operations function and arrange for our volunteers' schedules.
We are also incredibly lucky to have many wonderful volunteers who work in the office, translate for us, and provide to our patients as providers. We would not be able to function without the service of these many dedicated individuals.