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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 eleven 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 are committed to continuing our tradition of providing high-quality, cost-effective medical care for our patients and their families in southwest Washington.

We will respond to the health needs of our patients in a caring and timely manner. Through education we will help them share responsibility for their own wellness. We will respect patient confidentiality in all matters.

As a physician-owned and governed group, we are dedicated to building a stimulating practice setting based upon teamwork and mutual respect within our organization. In as much as each person is an essential member of the group, we will encourage and acknowledge outstanding individual effort. We will foster an environment where quality of life remains a high priority.

As members of the community we are committed to public service and to sharing our medical expertise. We will maintain a prominent role working with community leaders to provide care for individuals with financial and other special needs.