CBHA was called into being by a group of community citizens who wanted to guarantee equal access to health care to all people living and working within Othello’s trade area. In late 1971, a small group of concerned people gathered to brainstorm solutions to the healthcare crisis created by the growth of population, lack of physicians and low reimbursement to physicians from public assistance. They wanted to find a way to financially support the medically indigent and to respond to the special needs of the migrants and seasonal farm workers and bring preventive medicine and educational programs to their doorsteps.
The small group found a lot of opposition to their vision, but continued to persevere. Their struggle made news at local and national levels and finally perseverance paid off. The clinic opened with one staff physician working out of four exam rooms, and the first patient was seen in August 1973. The demand for services continued to grow in the Othello area, and in 1976 the clinic and administrative offices moved into its current location. Our paradigm of Family Medicine has proven to be exceedingly successful and obviously fills a health care void in rural Eastern Washington. CBHA was declared “2001 Business of the Year” by the Othello Chamber of Commerce and has found a place in Washington CEO magazine’s Top Five Not-For-Profit companies many times. CBHA received JCAHO accreditation in March 2002.
Currently, CBHA operates its main clinic, Othello Family Clinic, in Othello, WA and three satellite clinics, Wahluke Family Clinic, in Mattawa, WA, the 14th Avenue Medical Center in Othello, WA, and Connell Family Clinic in Connell, WA.