Expanding Care in Their Community

By Hilary Joyner
Photography by Becky Burris


On June 4th, 2016 Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFW) celebrated the opening of their new clinic in Toppenish, WA. YVFW first opened in 1978 as a fully formed community health center, but their mission really started in 1973 when physicians Dr. Paul Monahan, Dr. Donald Gargas and Dr. Julie Ricking saw the need for healthcare for migrant and seasonal farm workers. Their care for the community inspired them to build a Joint Commission-accredited community/migrant health center. With clinics throughout Washington and Oregon, they are becoming the largest community based health center in the Pacific Northwest.


The Toppenish location is their main hub, the oldest of their clinics. It’s been remodeled a few times over the years and with the growth the valley is experiencing they decided that a new, bigger clinic was necessary. The new clinic will include more services such as dental, medical, pharmacy, and optometry. When thinking of the design for the clinic they thought about how patients and services relate to each other and how that could be incorporated.


Burkhart worked with YVFW from the beginning stages of the new clinic’s inception. When asked about the experience working with Burkhart Equipment Specialist Jim Waller and Account Manager Reedy Berg, lead dentist Dr. Mark Koday said, “I can’t sing Burkhart’s praises enough. Burkhart’s been with us for 20 years, and every time we need something they’re there.” Jim listened to their needs and worked with them to come up with a design that would accommodate all of their requests and worked with their in-house architect to help build that dream.

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