A Case Study

The Little Elgin That Could

Elgin, Oregon

Good Health, Strong Community Capital Campaign

Elgin Health District is a non-profit special district approved by the voters of Elgin, Oregon, in November of 2008. Managed by an elected 6-member Board of Directors the Elgin Clinic offered medical, dental and very limited behavioral health services in rural northeast Oregon.

EHD’s vision was to be the resource for any community member from the surrounding area, regardless of ability to pay, in need of medical, dental, mental, or social service assistance. EHD was providing community medical services from a 1950s era 1,988 square foot house, and new patient wait times were 4 months for medical and 8 months for OHP dental.

The “Good Health, Strong Community Campaign” financed and built a $2.7M 8,000 square foot clinic in two years. 25% of the needed resources were provided by the community, 30% was foundation support, and 45% was from the Oregon State Legislature.

What The Community Says

“At the end when we looked back, Mike brought in almost 30 times what we paid them and we all agreed, what a great investment and we made a good friend”

Jared Rogers

Board Member Elgin Heath District Board

Health Clinic Timeline


Hire WAI


Approach the Oregon Legislature with a $1.25M request which was approved.


WAI finalizes feasibility report having identified 85% of needed funds.

JULY 2016

Breaking Ground

MARCH 2017

Grand Opening

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