Northwest NEWS

March 5, 2001

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Kendra Well.

Duvall citizens earn community service award

by Lisa Allen
   Valley View Editor
   DUVALL - In November, Duvall residents voted to build a new medical clinic and now they have earned an award for their efforts.
   Each year Evergreen Healthcare gives an award based on exemplary service to the residents served by Evergreen and their commitment to ensuring the future health care of the community. The year 2000 honor was awarded to the Citizens of Duvall for their efforts in bringing needed health services to the area.
   At Evergreen's monthly board meeting last week at Evergreen Medical Center in Kirkland, Duvall chiropractor Gary Rutledge accepted the 2000 Community Service Award on behalf of city residents.
   On Nov. 7 of last year, the citizens overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1 the annexation of Duvall and the surrounding community to Public Hospital District No. 2.
   According to Evergreen spokesperson Kendra Weil, the board of commissioners made the selection. Criteria include exemplifying a profound impact on enhancing the health of a community, recognizing service and commitment to Evergreen, illustrating leadership and incorporating Evergreen's mission and values to the community.
   Board Chairman Jeanette Greenfield, upon presenting the plaque, said the recognition reflects the "vital and profound impact (the community made) in ensuring future healthcare for its citizens ... This action will enhance the health and well-being of the citizens."
   The effort to bring a medical clinic to Duvall began nearly two years ago, when Bud Backer, who was Duvall's Fire Chief at the time, began discussing the lack of health care in town with Rex Lindquist, then-Evergreen Board President.
   Backer and Lindquist discussed some possible options, but then Backer left Fire District 45 to become Deputy Chief of Woodinville Fire and Life Safety.
   Backer passed the torch to Rutledge, who enlisted the help of several other Duvall professionals in the effort. They all agreed that the town desperately needed a primary care facility. Considering the current health care climate, they determined the answer lay in annexing the area to the Evergreen Hospital District. After a series of public meetings proved that residents would support the proposal, it was put to a vote, which passed overwhelmingly.
   Creation of the new clinic continues to stay on track, said Rutledge. The facility is expected to open in town in about a year.
   For those who wish to view the plaque, it will be located in the foyer of Duvall Chiropractic on Main Street until the new clinic is built. It will then be placed in the new clinic.