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Our Story & Legacy

History in the making

In 1936, Dr. John Brougher, a gynecologist, invited Dr. Frank Boersma, a family practitioner, to join him in his practice. The two provided medical care to the local community from an office in downtown Vancouver. To expand their thriving practice, they were joined by a surgeon in 1937 and a pediatrician in 1939. The group selected The Vancouver Medical and Surgical Center as a name for their practice. The name was officially shortened to The Vancouver Clinic in 1941, and Vancouver Clinic in 2018.

Due to rapid growth, Vancouver Clinic grew steadily both in numbers of patients and in providers. The clinic outgrew its original office suite, as well as its own building created in 1956. It also outgrew additions to that property and the space available at four houses purchased in the vicinity. In 1978, with between 25 and 40 new patients joining the clinic each day, the clinic found itself at a crossroads.

Vancouver Clinic leaders responded by building a substantially larger facility close by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. That building on 87th Avenue became the largest facility for private practice in the county. Our Salmon Creek Clinic sits across the street from the area’s other major hospital, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.

Today, at 12 locations strong, Vancouver Clinic is the largest private, multispecialty clinic in Clark County. With more than 1,200 employees and 400 providers, we are also one of the largest employers in the region and a powerhouse for the local economy.

Vancouver Clinic continues to build facilities and add services throughout the county to serve the rapidly growing population and to remain the region’s top private source of health care services. Our reputation for health care excellence and a collegial atmosphere allow us to attract top-quality providers from around the nation.

Breaking new ground

Dr. John C. Brougher broke ground for the 87th Avenue clinic on January 21, 1978.

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Our mission and values

Caring for people is our first priority.

As an alliance of health care professionals, we continue our tradition of providing high-quality, compassionate care. We believe good health is vital to a strong and vibrant future—for individuals and our communities.

We strive to treat every individual with kindness and empathy and to act with integrity in all we do. A physician-owned and physician-governed group, we trust in evidence-based care and consider it to be fundamental to delivering excellence.

We value the uniqueness of each individual and welcome patients, clinicians, and staff with different backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences. We promote a culture of trust, equity, and inclusion in our workplace and our communities.

Because we believe everyone should have the opportunity to be their best and healthiest self, we support an environment of open communication and growth.