About Us

SOS Health Services of Walla Walla (SOS Clinic) was founded in 2000 by a service-minded physician who recognized a need for health care for the uninsured in the Blue Mountain area. Since the beginning, the SOS Clinic has been a faith-based, non-denominational clinic providing compassionate urgent-care services to people from Dayton to Pendleton. The clinic was originally located in downtown Walla Walla and then moved to SonBridge Community Center, a repurposed nursing home, in 2005. During the second half of 2012, the clinic will move yet again to a custom clinic facility. Guided by a diverse board of community leaders, the SOS Clinic is prepared for this exciting move and the challenge of growing the organization.

Due the difficult economic times, the SOS Clinic has seen an unprecedented demand for services. The clinic treats approximately 150 patients every month, thanks to dedicated donors, as well as volunteers who serve over 200 hours monthly. 

In addition to benefitting those without insurance, the SOS Clinic is a crucial part of the community healthcare safety net. By providing a place for the uninsured to go, valuable emergency room and hospital resources are conserved. With increasing awareness and support of the SOS Clinic, it is becoming an integral element of our community’s health.

Board of Directors

Board Officers

Yvonne Stratton, MD, MMM
Retired physician and health care administrator

Susan B Smith, PhD, MSW
Professor & Program Director of the Social Work Department, Walla Walla University

Kristen Coffeen-Smith
Client Services Manager, Helpline

Helo Oidjarv, PhD, MSW
Professor in the Social Work Department, Walla Walla University

Glenn Carter, MS Accounting, MS Economics
Associate Vice President for Financial Administration, Walla Walla University

Board Members

Matthew Davy, MBA
Clerical Supervisor, Providence St. Mary Medical Center

Sharon Gowdy
Office Manager, Amazing Grace Church 

Wendy Hernandez, JD, RN
Attorney, Hernandez Law Office

Jenae Henry, MA, MBA, LMHC, CMHS
Crisis Outreach Professional / Designated Mental Health Professional, Comprehensive Mental Health

Ex Officio

Janice Anhorn, RN - Clinic Coordinator
Retired Nurse

Paul McLain, MD - Medical Director
Physician, Providence St. Mary Medical Center

June Christiansen - Liaison from SonBridge Community Center
Executive Director, SonBridge Community Center

Ryan Nesbit - Volunteer Coordinator
BMAC AmeriCorps Member

Community Partners

We are grateful for the financial and in-kind support of our community partners over the past year.

  • 1-2-3 Printing
  • Adventist Health Walla Walla General Hospital
  • Associated Students of Walla Walla High School
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
  • Baker Boyer Bank
  • Catholic Daughters of Walla Walla
  • Copier Services, College Place
  • Crown Paper and Janitorial Supply
  • Eastern Washington Dermatology Clinic
  • Helpline
  • Hospice of Walla Walla
  • Interpath Labs
  • Jill's Uniform Shop
  • Medicine Shoppe
  • First Presbyterian Church, Walla Walla
  • Private donations from individuals
  • Providence Health Services of Seattle
  • Providence St. Mary Medical Center 
  • Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Pharmacy and Supply
  • Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Cancer Center
  • Sigma Chi Fraternity, Whitman College
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul
  • SonBridge Community Center
  • Sapere Consulting Company
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • Student Health Advisory Council, Whitman College
  • Walla Walla City Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Walla Walla County Health Department
  • Walla Walla Community College, School of Nursing
  • Walla Walla Medical Society
  • Walla Walla University, School of Nursing
  • Walla Walla University, School of Psychology
  • Walla Walla University, Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology