The former Morton Medical Center, a privately-owned business, was reborn as Arbor Health, Morton Clinic on April 13, 2020, having joined the Arbor Health medical system.
Many people in East Lewis County have always assumed the clinic was a part of Morton Hospital as the clinic facility. It was a fair assumption with the clinic facility located on hospital property. However, while the doctors always had medical privileges at the hospital, the two organizations were separate entities.
The name change to Arbor Health, Morton Clinic as it joins the Arbor Health medical system is in keeping with the Randle Clinic and Mossyrock Clinic names.
“We are pleased to welcome the entire clinic staff to our team,” says Leianne Everett, Arbor Health CEO. “This idea has been discussed several times throughout the years and was always something the hospital district leadership wanted to see happen. This year, everything finally fell into place. We believe it’s a good move for all of us.”
The Morton Clinic staff too is glad to have made the transition. “We are pleased to be joining Arbor Health,” Mark Hansen, M.D., says. “This will provide more seamless patient care between test results, specialty care, hospital and ER and our clinic.”
The clinic’s existing patients will experience several advantages from the change:
- Morton Clinic medical records are now available to Morton Hospital emergency department physicians.
- The clinic is now a part of the Arbor Health website, MyArborHealth.org, which includes online bill pay.
- Beginning in June, the clinic patient will have access to the Arbor Health Patient Portal, which opens a wide variety of digital opportunities such as being able to request and manage appointments, send secure messages to their care team and view lab results.