The 26 locations of the Kadlec Clinic provide important primary and specialty medical care throughout 7 southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon communities. Centered in the Tri-Cities area, the organization operates clinics in Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, Pendleton, Hermiston, Prosser, and West Richland. Over the past 70 years, the Kadlec Clinic has grown and adapted to the community’s changing needs.
The Kadlec Clinic has a mission to provide quality healthcare by practicing its core tenets of integrity, cooperation, and respect.
Kadlec Clinic offers clinical care in 20 different specialties including pediatrics, gastroenterology, primary care, genetic counseling, and more.
In the 1940s, the Kadlec Clinic was created as a government-run medical facility. Originally operated by the Atomic Energy Commission, the clinic offered medical care to the government workers of the nearby Hanford Nuclear Reactor project. Within one year of opening, the organization renamed itself after Lieutenant Colonel Henry R. Kadlec, a lead engineer in the Hanford Project, who was also the first person to die in the hospital.
In 1956, the government gave local citizens control over the facility’s future. After a community vote the Kadlec Clinic became a self-run organization. For the first time in its history, the Kadlec Clinic could care for everyone–not just government workers. Throughout its history, the Kadlec Clinic has adapted to meet the changing needs of the growing Tri-Cities community.
Located in southeastern Washington, the cities of Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco combine to create the Tri-Cities. In 2010 the population of the Tri-Cities was 253,340 people. In 2016 the state government estimated that the population was 279,170. The work completed at the Hanford Nuclear Reactor played a significant role in population growth during World War II.
Hanford Reach National Monument offers a hiking, sightseeing, wildlife, and more. Winters typically range between the low 20s to the high 40s. Summer temperatures range from the low 50s to the high 80s. The region averages 5-7 inches of precipitation each year.
Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco each operate their own public school districts. Columbia Basin College and Washington State University offer post-secondary education.
Having begun as a government medical facility, the history of the Kadlec Clinic is closely linked to the history of the surrounding area. Each time the Tri-Cities changed, the clinic adapted as well. It will be interesting to watch how the healthcare organization and its surrounding area continue to evolve over time.
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