Keizer Health Center set to open on Monday

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Dr. John Hayes is excited to finally be practicing in Keizer, the city he’s lived in since 2005. He’ll get the chance to do that when the 10,000 square foot Silverton Health Keizer Health Center opens Monday, Feb. 3. More than just about anyone, Hayes has been following the progress of the clinic, just around the corner from his house. He can recall general contractor Andy Medcalf doing the initial digging of dirt with his tractor. “I would go by every day and snap a picture, then take off,” Hayes recalled with a laugh Tuesday. “After 10 days in a row of me doing this, Andy jumped off the tractor and came up to my truck. He said, ‘Can I help you with something?’ He comes right up to my face. I told him this was my clinic. Once I told him who I was, every time after he waved from his tractor.” It’s been quite the transformation from the first dirt being turned last summer to now. “When I saw it go up, I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a big building.’ But when I thought about our needs, I wonder if we underestimated what we need. It’s a beautiful building, but from the feel you get in town and what people are thirsty for, I have a weird feeling we will have to put...

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