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

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

Vice-Chair
Vacant

Secretary
Vacant

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

Board Members

Brian Anderson, MBA
Vice President for Physician Services, Walla Walla General Hospital

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

Cheryl Evanenko
Marketing and Development, Walla Walla Valley Academy

Sharon Gowdy
 

Brandon Johnson, JD
Attorney

Susan B Smith, PhD, MSW
Professor and Program Director, Social Work Department, Walla Walla University

Wendy Hernandez, JD, RN
Attorney

 

Ex Officio

Janice Anhorn, RN
Clinic Coordinator, retired nurse

June Christiansen
Liaison from SonBridge, Administrator of SonBridge Community Center

Paul McLain, MD
Medical Director, family practice

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