On May 1, 1985 when Family Health Centers, then known as the Okanogan Farmworkers Clinic, spun off from the leadership of the Okanogan Community Action Council to incorporate as an independent non-profit organization. The Farmworkers Clinic was the Council’s answer to meet the health concerns of the County’s migrant population serving the agricultural industry. The clinic grew from its humble beginnings treating farm workers in the orchards with one doctor and support staff in Okanogan; to six medical sites in Omak, Brewster Jay Ave., Brewster Indian Ave., Tonasket, Bridgeport and Twisp; Administrative services in Okanogan and five dental sites in Okanogan, Brewster, Bridgeport, Oroville and Twisp.
Today, FHC is a comprehensive health care system with first rate medical, dental, WIC, pharmacy, chronic conditions programs and outreach services to facilitate a healthy community. FHC provides a sliding fee payment plan and bilingual staff at all sites.
The 6 clinic medical system has a staff of:
• 10 Family Practice Physicians
• 4 Family Nurse Practitioners
• 6 Physician Assistants
• 2 Certified Nurse Midwife
• 3 Pharmacists
• 3 Behavioral Health Specialists
• 1 Mental Health Care Coordinator
• 1 Nutritionist/ Dietician
• 1 Allergist
Services include routine medical care throughout patient life span, minor office surgery, splinting & casting, laboratory, emergency, and hospital care. Our Brewster Jay Avenue and Omak clinics also have full pharmacies.
North Central Washington’s Okanogan County, located halfway between the metropolitan areas of Seattle and Spokane, encompass more than 14,000 square miles of pristine, natural beauty. Larger than several states, Okanogan County is bordered on the north by Canada, on the south and east by the Columbia River Basin and the west by the 10,000 foot peaks of the majestic North Cascade Mountains.
Okanogan County offers wide open spaces teeming with wildlife, spectacular scenery, and rural charm. It features a diverse blend of snow covered peaks, small towns, western history, art galleries and museums, live theater, farmers markets and fresh from the field produce stands, music festivals, rodeos, county fairs and two famous dams.
The area is dotted with hundreds of lakes, rivers and streams, and blessed by sunny days and clear star filled nights. Throughout Okanogan County whitewater rafting, boating, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, wilderness packing, hunting and more are available from spring through fall. Winter offers cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and dog sledding.
A colorful and bustling region, Okanogan County has a rich economic base utilizing its vast natural resources including timber, mining, ranching, recreation, tourism, hydroelectricity and agriculture.