OREGON CITY — Following the lead of another pregnancy counseling center ministry about 70 miles south, a center here has decided to come under the umbrella of a national pro-life branding effort.
In a newsletter to supporters of the Hope 360 Pregnancy Clinic in Oregon City, Director Joanne Eggimann explained that the ministry will become an affiliate of Obria Group. The governing board for Hope 360 unanimously made the decision after the ministry checked out Pregnancy Alternatives Center in Lebanon, the first Obria affiliate in Oregon.
Based in Corona Del Mar, Calif., Obria Group partners with existing pregnancy medical clinics nationally who share a vision to offer patients a full scope of medical services and to unify under a singular brand. Obria currently has about 45 affiliates nationally.
Each pregnancy resource center that affiliates with Obria gets to keep its own donors, its 501(c)3 nonprofit status under federal tax law, its own board and its autonomy. In exchange, Obria helps the clinics transform into fully staffed and professional medical operations, bringing in new donors and best practices in business and medicine, and culminating in accreditation through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
According to the Obria Group website, Obria medical clinics are fully licensed community care clinics providing professional medical consultations, well woman care, pregnancy testing, ultrasound testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, pre-abortion screenings, abortion education, abortion pill reversal, prenatal care, health education and referrals. Obria clinics utilize the services of OB/GYN physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, medical assistants and support staff.
Obria leaders say their affiliate clinics have become five times more effective at reaching abortion-vulnerable women than average centers, and that will increase as more centers affiliate.
From Eggimann’s perspective, as more and more centers affiliate with Obria, it can only strengthen the pro-life movement.
“Patients ask us if there are any other Hope 360 Pregnancy Clinics around,” Eggimann stated. “We always respond with yes; they have different names but still are pro-life and give the same medical services and attention that we do at our clinic. Why different names? This is confusing to them. This began to bother me, so I began to pray, asking the Lord to help pro-life centers join together with one name so that women who needed our services could easily find us, our pregnancy centers would have a unified brand and have the same standards of care.”
Hope 360 Pregnancy Clinic opened its doors five years ago. During that time, the clinic has seen 1,170 patients, done 602 pregnancy tests and done 391 ultrasounds. The Oregon City ministry also has seen 28 of its clients make professions of faith in Christ.
In the same newsletter, Eggimann said Hope 360 has a need for a different clinic building in order to meet federal Americans with Disabilties Act requirements. A nearby building has been found that would work, but the rent is almost $2,000 more per month than what the ministry is currently paying. The clinic will have its first fundraising promotional banquet May 30 at Oregon City Evangelical Church, 1024 Linn Ave. For more information, phone 503-908-0817 or go to www.hope360pc.com