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Family doctors in Yakima move with their patients

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YAKIMA, Wash -- As the West Valley expands, there is a growing need for basic services like easy access to doctors. And both of Yakima's hospitals are racing to fill that need.  

Just a few years ago, West Valley was little more than a few houses and lot of apple orchards.

But now its one of the fastest growing communities in Yakima, and to meet that needs of those living and moving there, both of Yakima's hospitals are opening medical clinics in the neighborhood -- so patients don't have to drive downtown.

Saturday, Memorial Hospital celebrated the opening of Pacific Crest Family Medicine on South 72nd Avenue. Bring family doctors closer to their patient's homes.

"Its very important to have your family doctor close," said Dr Ann Teerick. "So its convenient if you get sick, if you just have a question or if you need your blood pressure checked. You can do it and not have to travel far from your home."  

This summer, Yakima Regional Hospital opened a similar facility, Summitview Family Medicine.

There is still shortage of family doctors in the Yakima area. However, medical professionals are hoping the new medical school in Terrace Heights will help fill that gap.